Fleischmanns treatment plant provides space for Andes waste

By Jay Braman Jr.
Every day there’s 5,000 gallons of raw sewage running down Route 28. It has been happening for months and it won’t stop until the end of October.
It starts in Andes and travels all the way to Fleischmanns.

Andes, the first community to build a waste treatment system under the auspices of the historic Watershed deal of 1996 between the City of New York and the Catskill Region, has been having trouble with its plant. There is now a $2.5 million repair job going on to remedy problems that have been causing to the system to choke up, so much so that engineers say that there could be no expansion within the Andes Sewer District.

But with that work being done on the system, the engineers had to figure out what to do with the sewage coming from all the homes and businesses already hooked up.

The solution, it turns out, is to load the goop into trucks and drive it to Fleischmanns, where a newer and better functioning plant is able to handle the load.

On Monday night at a Fleischmanns Village Board meeting, trustees were briefed on the matter by Lou Dibble of Delaware Operations, the company the runs both Andes and Fleischmanns systems.
“We’re getting about half of Andes wastewater,” he said.
The good new for Fleischmanns is that it is not being taken for free.

Dibble said Andes is being charged five cents a gallon for the stuff. So Fleischmanns is making $250 a day, seven days a week.
Trustee Kathleen Rostad Miles joked that Andes can take its time fixing the plant.

Financial issues
Also, village trustees have their hands full trying to solve a financial dilemma. Not theirs, but Delaware County’s.

Due to the touch economy, this small village on the very eastern edge of Delaware County is being told that even though there is much bridge work that could be done by the county’s Department of Public Works, there just isn’t enough money to do all of it, so the people of Fleischmanns should decide how best to use the funds.

In other words, decide what gets fixed and what doesn’t.

The biggest project under discussion is the removal of the Mill Street Bridge, a project that promises to severely alter the landscape of the village near the Flagstone Inn, as part of the plan calls for a new road right through the Flagstone’s swimming pool and the creating of new floodplain to make way for the currents of future floods.

There was discussion Monday night about all the of the bridge repairs going on in the Fleischmanns area and how it is wreaking havoc on local travel, especially on the Halcott Road, which starts on Main Street next to Sam’s Country Store.

Mirror considered
Under discussion is the installation of a large, convex mirror at that intersection as a way to prevent accidents. Apparently drivers are not stopping as they enter Main Street from the Halcott Road.

In other news, the village’s attorney has filed a lien of the property of Elizabeth and David Morell. Elizabeth operates the Fleischmanns Pizza Company, and was renting space from the village in the theater building, but owes several months’ back rent.

The lien is for $4,300. The attorney told trustees that Morell has acknowledged that the money is owed, but that it cannot be paid at this time.