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FAYETTE CELEBRATES SUBSTANTIAL FEDERAL AWARD SECURED BY SENATOR SCHUMER, SENATOR GILLIBRAND, REP. TENNEY TO ADVANCE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, WATER QUALITY AND THE HEALTH OF SENECA LAKE

March 12, 2023

The Town of Fayette has been notified that the FY2024 Federal Budget Appropriation includes a $3.5 million award for the construction of public sewer along the Seneca Lake shoreline. 

The award, secured as part of the Congressional-Directed Spending program, will be paired with a $1 million grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission, as well as local funds required to round out the $9 million infrastructure investment.

Once constructed, the project will include installation of a trunk line of approximately 8 miles, extending from the Town borders with Waterloo to the north and Varick to the south, with 3 miles of service lines extending from the trunk to serve a range of commercial and residential customers. 

A recent economic impact analysis performed on behalf of the Town showcased new development and expansion of craft beverage, tourism, housing, and mixed-use projects all accelerated by the development of the sewer line will promote nearly $200,000 in new revenues to Seneca County. 

In addition to the clear economic benefits of the project, a significant enhancement to Seneca Lake water quality is expected with the decommissioning of dozens of septic systems as homes and businesses transition from legacy treatment to public wastewater management.

“We are grateful for the leadership of Majority Leader Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, and Representative Tenney in securing these funds, and advancing the economic vibrancy and environmental stewardship of the Town of Fayette and the Finger Lakes Region,” noted Town Supervisor Jeffrey Trout.  “In addition, the County’s leadership in supporting analysis and design of this critical infrastructure investment has made the project possible.”

He added that, “the Fayette Town Board has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to economic development and environmental conservation through this investment, and others including modernization of development regulations, pursuit of state and federal grants, hamlet revitalization, and an update to the Town’s comprehensive plan.  These efforts will pay off in the form of a stronger quality of life for Town residents as well as new investments by commercial and residential investors for the entire region.”

Project design is being completed now, with regulatory approvals to follow.  The Town is prepared to move immediately with bidding and construction once all State approvals have been secured.  Updates will be shared on the Town’s website and social media channels.

Media Contact – Supervisor Jeff Trout (315.729.6357)