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New Castle Begins Lengthy Sewer Process

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. – Weeks after a petition to add Random Farms, Riverwoods, Yeshiva and Chappaqua Crossing to the sewer district was approved by county legislators , New Castle officials have begun to lay the framework for a projected multi-year process to make the pipes a reality.

“The county executive has signed the appropriations for the sewer district and we’re now working with the engineers and the county and the state to come up with a plan,” said Town Supervisor Susan Carpenter . “We’re having meetings already with engineers and mapping out exactly what needs to get done so we can move ahead with getting the sewer line constructed.”

Carpenter and company began the process this week and have looked into applying for permits. “We were going over that this morning, it’s an incredible amount of agencies we have to go through,” said Town Administrator Penny Paderewski .

Paderewski said it is too early in the process to give a legitimate timeline for when construction might begin. Along with permits, the town also needs to work on design plans and allocating funds for the project.

“There’s a lot of work to be done,” said Paderewski. “We have to see what the engineering costs are, we have to get those estimates. There’s been the $10 million that’s been set aside and we have to apply for that. It’s sitting there with the County.”

Adding the Millwood business district to the petition was also re-visited at Thursday’s Millwood Task Force meeting. Carpenter said that eventually she hopes to have Millwood added, however, the priority for the town is to first get the pipes in the ground for Random Farms, Riverwoods, Yeshiva and Chappaqua Crossing.

“Without the pipes in the ground, it will never happen,” said Carpenter, who added that the decision to include Millwood lies with the County. Carpenter and Paderewski believe it will be easier to convince the County once construction has already begun.

“The first thing is to get that work done, get the pipes in the ground, and then start moving on those things after we open up the ground,” said Paderewski.

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