SCHUYLER, N.Y. - Schuyler officials held a meeting Wednesday to discuss establishing a water district for the water transmission line that will run through five municipalities in Herkimer County.
The transmission line will bring water from the Mohawk Valley Water Authority to Schuyler, Town and Village of Frankfort, Ilion, and Town and Village of Herkimer.
Schuyler town officials talked with residents about Schuyler having a new water district with municipal water.
According to the Schuyler Town Supervisor, Anthony Lucenti, a benefit of the proposed water district is that residents would have quality drinking water, as many of them have wells. He also says it would help with fire protection because there would be fire hydrants that would run down State Route 5.
“I think this is a great project for the Mohawk Valley as a whole, it's involving a lot of different communities coming together, Ilion, Schuyler, Herkimer, it's sharing of services and I think it’s a very good project," Lucenti said. "I think it’s a very important project for Schuyler and I'm happy to be able to deliver municipal water to the town.”
Many residents at the meeting say they are in favor of being a part of a water district and they think it's a great opportunity.
Other residents says they are against the proposal because they have wells and there is nothing wrong with their water. They also say they don't want the extra expense.
Lucenti says another issues has been with the agricultural community.
The formation of a water district in Schuyler is just a proposal. There will be a public hearing on February 12th at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the formation of the possible water district, what the boundaries will be, and when they will have a vote on forming the water district.
All property owners in the proposed district will have an opportunity to vote on the formation of the district.
If the water district is formed in Schuyler, residents will not have to have a mandatory hook up.
If residents vote down a water district, the transmission line will still run through Schuyler, but there will be no distribution lines.