Washingtonville’s Sewer Plant Groundbreaking Held
By Eugenia Moskowitz
The renovation and expansion of the Wastewater Treatment Plant for the village of Washingtonville officially began with a groundbreaking ceremony held on Oct. 28.
Mayor Joe Bucco, who took office in a landslide election last March, opened the ceremony by thanking the attendees for coming, and said, “This represents the village’s dedication to its residents in the quest to correct the problems plaguing this sewer treatment plant for years. We now have the best quality engineers addressing our village.”
Present were village trustees Rich Calore, Tom DeVinko, Paul Lang, and Diane Mack; village clerk Christine Shenkman; Gary DeMatteo from Olympic Electric; members of S&O Construction Services and Kings Capital Construction Group; Jose Nunez and (Washingtonville resident) Tomas Mattias of H2M Architects & Engineers; and members of JCO, the wastewater plant’s operators.
The total cost of the project has been capped at $11,093,737 million but will come in well under that as applying for grants to help finance that ceiling amount meant that larger grants were awarded, including a free grant of $3,240,377 from the EFC as well as low-interest and no-interest EFC loans in the amount of $7,653,360. Bucco has frequently said that “grant money is out there” and recently created a dedicated team to apply for grants specifically designated for villages the size of Washingtonville.
After the groundbreaking, breakfast and refreshments were served at the plant’s offices at the same location.
CAPTION: Dirt was flung on Oct. 28 at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Washingtonville Wastewater Treatment Plant’s renovation and expansion project. (Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)