Infrastructure to Be Extended in Schodack, Thanks to Partnership Between Rensselaer County and Schodack, Utilizing Federal Funding, County and Town Leaders Announce
A shared services project between Rensselaer County and the Town of Schodack will extend water and sewer services throughout much of the town beginning in 2022 utilizing federal stimulus funds, county and town officials announced.
The two projects will help protect and improve quality of life in the area, and create new opportunities for investment and job creation. Construction on the two projects is expected to start in 2022, following regulatory approval by various agencies.
One phase of the project will extend water and sewer services from near the East Greenbush-Schodack town line along Routes 9 &20 and Route 9 to the Columbia County line.
The second project will extend sewer services along Maple Hill Road from the area around Maple Hill High School to Route 9. The line will link to the Village of Castleton sewer facility along the Hudson River.
“This is an important project that will provide valuable and needed quality of life services, and provide a platform for future growth and investment in southern Rensselaer County,” said County Executive Steve McLaughlin.
“This is a real accomplishment for Rensselaer County and the Town of Schodack, and will provide benefits to residents for generations. The project demonstrates the strong and effective partnership between the county and town. I am very proud to be see this project moving forward as I conclude my service to the town,” said Supervisor David Harris, who decided not to seek re-election and is ending his service on December 31, 2021.
The service will be extended through utilization of funds received by the American Rescue Plan by the county, with the two projects expected to cost a total of approximately $13.1 million. The town will be covering engineering costs for the projects.
The county will cover costs for the project, and the town will cover costs for engineering for the water and sewer lines on Route 9 and Routes 9 & 20, and total approximately $10.5 million. The costs for the extension on Maple Hill Road to the village system are being covered by the county and will total approximately $2.6 million.
“I am pleased to see the county making much needed investments in our infrastructure that will help with responsible development in the future”, said Legislator Scott Bendett-Averill Park.
“Previously extending service to the Maple Hill School with a connection to a sewer system was an important part step forward. The further expansion of water and sewer services will further enhance the Schodack area and enhance the quality of life of our residents and businesses”, said Chair of Finance Bob Loveridge- East Schodack.
“The decision by the County Executive and Legislature in making these projects a priority is proof of the key role Schodack is playing in the future of our county. I want to thank the County Executive and his team for identifying the Route 9 corridor as a target for investment and look forward to working with them to see these projects through to completion,” said Legislator Charles Peter, who will take office as Supervisor on January 1.