April 12th and the ice on Port Bay is gone. Equipment is in place and dredging will commence next week.
Proposed Port Bay Sewer District
There is currently a new proposal for sewers around Port Bay. At a joint meeting of the Wolcott and Huron town boards representatives from the Wayne County Sewer and Water Authority and MRB Engineering and Architectural Group presented the new proposal. Back in 2007 a Port Bay sewer district study was done. The estimated annual cost per user was in the range of $1,200 to $1,800. In the new proposal the project is now eligible for 30-year, interest free “Hardship” financing from the New York State Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). That is like getting a 30 year mortgage for a house at 0%. I am sure you are aware that your payments would be significantly lower. The estimated annual cost for sewers would now be about $887. We were told that the chances 0% financing would be offered in the future are slim to none. We were also told the state is not mandating sewers now but is very close to doing so. It is likely that in the near future a mandate for sewers would be a reality but the interest free financing would not be there. Attached is a document with all the information I received for you to review. In 2010 a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study was prepared for the USEPA and NYSDEC calls for a 100% reduction in phosphorus loading to Port Bay, from septic systems. The most logical way to do this is with sewers whether it happens now or mandated in the near future. Expect an informational letter from the town including a survey and notification for a public informational meeting (as indicated below) where the experts can answer any and all questions you may have.