Pictured (left to right), Rachel Kennedy, Rordan Hart, Debbie Watkins, Marty Petrovic, Bill Davis, and Fred Bonn
The Village of Trumansburg did some celebrating on June 28, marking the official grand opening of the community’s newly renovated and upgraded wastewater treatment facility and new well and water systems.
Joined by residents and representatives of the many agencies involved, Mayor A. Martin “Marty” Petrovic and fellow Board members, Debbie Watkins, Rachel Kennedy and Rordan Hart (and Ben Carver, not in picture) cut a ribbon to celebrate the completion of, not one but, two comprehensive and critical projects that have been ongoing for nearly five years. Also attending the ribbon cutting was the Director of the Finger Lakes State Park Region, Fred Bonn, who was recognized for his assistance in securing the State’s permission to utilize Park property.
Since the mid-1990s, the Village of Trumansburg has been under a mandate from Tompkins County to locate a secondary source of water in order to comply with requirements of the Department of Health standards that require a redundant water source.
Working closely with the Village’s engineer, MRB Group, and with the New York State Parks Department, the Village staff coordinated a multi-agency effort to address the mandate while significantly improving the facility and its future capacity to serve the greater community. MRB Group simultaneously designed enhancements to the Village’s wastewater treatment facility to address water quality issues at the same time.
Grant funding and low-interest loans provided by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation allowed the Village to finance both major projects at a more affordable cost to residents who receive water and sewer services.
“These projects will help to protect Trumansburg’s precious water resources in a sustainable manner to provide long-term economic benefits to the community,” said Sabrina Ty, President & CEO, Environmental Facilities Corporation. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership and with the Legislature’s support, EFC is able to provide Water Infrastructure Improvement Act grant funds, as well as interest-free financing, to support vital water infrastructure improvements such as these across the state.”
Mayor Petrovic spoke about the impacts of the project, which could be far-reaching. “We now have the ability to serve a much greater number of residents and businesses,” said Mayor Petrovic, who spoke about the potential for growth and the Village’s support for development, including the additional capacity to supply water to neighboring communities.
The Mayor expressed gratitude to Park Director Fred Bonn and his staff, who now serve as official hosts to the Village’s water source located at Taughannock State Park. He then gave special thanks to both Village staff and MRB Group, who worked together as a team throughout the project.
“Today signifies the successful completion of two very critical infrastructure projects for the Village of Trumansburg,” said MRB Group Team Leader Bill Davis. “The Village now has a healthy and dependable water supply system for years to come, and also has a reliable and efficient wastewater treatment system that will improve water quality throughout the region,” he said.
Calling the projects an “immense collaborative effort,” Mayor Petrovic then recognized a number of project team members who served in various roles, including the Town of Ulysses, Contractors Martin Hubbard and Villager Construction among others, Moody Associates, Municipal Solutions, New York State DEC, and the Tompkins County Health Department team..
“This is a great step forward for the Village of Trumansburg and its residents,” said Mayor Petrovic.