After dealing with discolored water and water main breaks, a water line extension could finally fix Ilion’s ongoing water problems.
Ilion village officials are installing a water line extension in an effort to fix the village's ongoing water issues. That line would go through the Town of Schuyler to the Village of Ilion, which could benefit both the town and the village.
“With Ilion choosing to connect to the Mohawk Valley Water Authority, the line will be going through Schuyler, and Schuyler residents are going to have an opportunity now to decide if they want the option of being able to get municipal water,” said Schuyler Town Supervisor Anthony Lucenti. “The line will be running through Schuyler whether residents want to create a water district or not but they will have the option of forming a water district and being able to connect anytime they choose.”
Schuyler’s proposed water district includes:
Route 5 (from Windfall Road to the Herkimer town line)
Carder Lane (from Route 5 to the thruway service area)
Watkins Road (from Route 5 to Box 243)
Millers Grove Road (from Route 5 to Box 321)
Oak Hill Road
Some property owners in Schuyler say they want the water line.
“I think this is an opportunity that we would never have in this district to get water and this is giving us an opportunity to hook up,” said Schuyler resident Victor Costanza.
Others are opposing it.
“I have fine, great water so why should I have to incur a service charge then water usage fees, then I have to hook it up from about 150 feet from route five to my home,” said Schuyler resident Scander Astafan.
The water line would allow residents to have access to public water, put fire hydrants in the town, and decrease homeowner’s insurance. Engineers say they do not know the cost of the water line at the moment.
Town officials will mail out surveys for property owners to decide whether or not they are interested in creating a water district. Those surveys have to be mailed back by March 11th. The town will then decide if they want to move forward with this project based on the responses.
If a majority of property owners are for the water line, then it will go on a ballot for residents to vote on in November.
If Schuyler residents oppose the water line, it will still run through Schuyler but only benefit Ilion residents.
"The reservoir system that we've had and we've had for over 100 years, the intakes of those reservoirs just aren't there anymore,” said Ilion Mayor Brian Lamica. “We need to do something and right now this is an option that's there and we're looking at every option we have."