Newark celebrates $23 million in sewer plant upgrades

Mayor Jonathan Taylor said it took plenty of courage for village officials to embark on a $23 million upgrade of an aging sewage treatment plant, a project that was years in the making.

“(Spending $23 million) is never an easy decision to make,” Taylor noted.

Taylor wasn’t a part of the government that made the tough, but necessary decision to create a plan to modernize the plant, including some painful increases in water and sewer rates to help pay for what they knew would be an expensive project. One of those officials Taylor said had the “courage to take on this project,” former Mayor Peter Blandino, was in the audience at a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week celebrating the completion of improvements at the Murray Street site. Also on hand were state Sen. Pam Helming, R-54 of Canandaigua, and Assemblyman Bob Oaks, R-130 of Macedon, as well as the engineers from MRB Group that helped make it happen.

As part of the ceremony, the village was presented with a plaque from the American Council of Engineering Companies, which named the plant design a Silver Award winner in the 2017 ACEC competition. The ACEC annually recognizes significant projects through a strenuous peer review competition.

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