Kingston seeks state funds for sewer plant upgrades


KINGSTON – Common council members in Kingston passed two resolutions Tuesday night to apply for $2 million in state consolidated funding application dollars to wastewater treatment plant improvements.
Common Council President James Noble noted that during Super Storm Sandy, there were overflow issues at the city’s treatment plant, rendering it an issue for immediate action from the city’s perspective. Noble said the city has looked for funding from many programs but cannot wait to make the needed improvements.
“We, of course, applied for more but, this is the actual money we’re going to be receiving and we’re applying for this grant to get the money and do our improvements to the treatment plant because there are some things we need to do to make it more resistant to higher flooding in the area,” the mayor said. “What happened last time was the water got so high, it knocked off the generator, lost power and once you lose power then, there’s nothing to pump the water out or keep the stuff working. Then, you lose the plant and then it takes a while to get it back together and you have to go through the DEC and you have sewage coming through and not being treated and stuff like that.”  
Noble said the council has bonded for the $2 million, which they expect to be reimbursed in the future.