WATERLOO — If you build it, they will come.
That philosophy, adopted from the classic baseball movie “Field of Dreams,” sums up the Seneca County Board of Supervisors’ feelings about the installation of sanitary sewers along the Route 318 corridor.
Supervisors feel the sewers are a key to economic development in northern Seneca County.
The board took a step toward making that project — from Route 414 in Tyre to Grange Hall Road in Junius — a reality Tuesday by taking these actions:
• Voting unanimously to declare itself as lead agency for the State Environmental Quality Review Act process.
• Completing and authorizing the signing of Part I of the Full Environmental Assessment Form and the project map.
• Authorizing the circulation of the completed Part I form to a list of interested and involved agencies, along with the county’s intent to be lead agency. That gives them time to challenge the county’s intent to be lead agency.
The board’s action followed a presentation on the project by Peter Baker and John Condino of Barton & Loguidice Engineers of Syracuse.
The proposed sewer district would have the outlet mall as its single user to start, with other users added later.
Supervisors were told that the $10 million project could be funded by a $2 million state grant, $2 million committed by Seneca County and bonding for the remaining $6 million for 20 years at 2.5 percent interest.
The annual debt service would be $384,600. The engineers said that would be reduced by a contribution from del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre. The casino would pay $275,000 a year for the first five years, $375,000 in years 6 to 15 and $275,000 for years 16 to 20.
That would reduce the annual debt payment to $109,600 a year. The outlet mall now pays the town of Junius $200,000 a year for treatment of its waste.
As new users are added to the district and hooked into the system, the debt service, operation and maintenance fees would be reduced.
Potential new users, other than existing residential and commercial operations, could be the Junius Ponds Service Area on the Thruway, 100- to 200-unit hotels at the western and eastern ends of the district, a restaurant, a big-box retail store and additional new residential development.
“The state comptroller must approve the new county sewer district as does the state DEC,” said Baker. “If all goes well, the district should be established by October and then work can be bid.”
Junius Supervisor Greg Wadhams expressed concerns about the future of the Junius wastewater treatment plant.
Barton & Loguidice officials will meet with the Junius Town Board on the project April 20.
In other action, the board:
• CARBON MONOXIDE: Voted 14-0 to hire Hunt Architectural Engineering to design, implement and provide a cost analysis of the installation of carbon monoxide detection systems in all county buildings no later than June 27. The cost will be $6,150.
• FINANCE DEPARTMENT: Voted 12-2 to table a motion creating the new position of deputy county manager, with that person to become the head of a proposed new Department of Finance.
If that new department is organized, the deputy county manager position will be abolished and the person in that position will become the finance director.
But the Government Operations Committee raised questions about the new department and its implications, including its impact on the county treasurer position.
Another workshop on the topic will be 9 a.m. April 23.
• APPOINTMENT: Voted 9-5 to appoint Jeffrey Case of Varick as county fire coordinator, a part-time position with a salary of $12,000.
Opposed were Wadhams, Ronald McGreevy of Tyre and Gary Westfall, Bob Shipley and Don Trout of Waterloo.
Shipley and Wadhams said they supported John Morabito for the position.