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We had our public hearing on the new sewer law which had a good turnout. There were questions on the new law that I didn’t know the answer to. We had to end the meeting so I could find out the answers and will schedule a new meeting. I checked with our engineer about which way the clean out on the property line should face, towards the property owners house or business. I found that it should be towards the property owner’s house or business. The reason for that is if there is a blockage the property owner can go through the clean out and if there is no blockage then the problem is between the house or business. This will save money for everyone involved. The ordinance did not address a clean out near the home or business because the property can decide if they want one or not. I would suggest you do it to save any problem in the future. As far as the wording on section 4 goes (and conform, in any event, to any rules and regulations covering Sanitary Sewer Connections and Specifications Relative Thereto) it is correct. That means any laws the county may have governing sewer hook up apply and if the county does not have any law then it reverts back to the NYS law. That wording will stay in the new ordinance.
I am happy to see people come to our meeting and wish you would stay for our regular monthly meeting. I would like to mention that a third public hearing would not have been necessary if you had called any of the board members with your questions. If we didn’t know the answers then we would have found out, called you back and made any necessary changes in the law up for adoption that may have been needed. Public hearings actually cost money which is really tight this year because of the Covid19 restrictions. In fact, it is such a worry that we don’t know if we are going to get our share of the sales tax revenue which is our biggest income and keeps the village going. To save money I don’t ask our attorney to attend because we would have to pay mileage and time. But the one expense that always comes with a public hearing is that by law we have to publish it in the paper and that is expensive. The board tries to have it right the first time and all the questions asked are good questions but, if they were asked before the meeting then we would not have the expense of a second or third meeting. Our home phone numbers are on the website. The new sewer law is at the bottom of this message. If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to call myself or either of the other board members and ask them.
One last thing and that is about our village finances. If you didn’t know it out County Executive Anthony Picente has been for years trying to get rid of all the villages in Oneida County. We have fought him before and won. Now he actually has Covid19 on his side. He has been asked when and how much he is going to share the sales tax and has not answered that question saying it’s too early to tell. If he does not give us any of that money then the village will end up folding and become just part of the Town of Vernon which I am sure we don’t want. The Town of Vernon does not provide us with any benefits now except the plowing of our streets which we have to pay them to do. There would be no more dumpster days, spring or fall pickup or Christmas tree pickup. For any problems you may have you will not be able to call myself or any board member. You will have to go to the town meeting and voice your complaint. You can call the town office and talk to the secretary who will do the best they can to relay the message and wait for a reply. If you want to keep the Village of Oneida Castle going then call Mr. Picente and let him know. Better yet start a petition letting him know you want the Village of Oneida Castle to keep existing and to share the Oneida County sales tax with us. Please attend our monthly meeting to keep up to date on what is happening in the village.
Please read the new sewer ordinance below:



A LOCAL LAW REQUIRING AND MANDATING THAT ALL PROPERTY OWNERS AND PROPERTY USERS WITHIN THE VILLAGE OF ONEIDA CASTLE SEWER IMPROVEMENT AREA NO. 1, AND ALL ADDITIONAL SEWER DISTRICTS, WHETHER HERETOFORE OR HEREINAFTER CREATED, CONNECT TO THE VILLAGE OF ONEIDA CASTLE SEWERS WITHIN A ONE (1) YEAR PERIOD FOR THE OVERALL SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF THE PERSONS OR PROPERTIES LOCATED WITHIN SAID VILLAGE.
Be it enacted by the Village Board of the Village of Oneida Castle, Oneida County, New York as follows:
Section 1. All properties located within the Village of Oneida Castle Sewer Improvement Area No. 1, or any heretofore or hereinafter created districts that are in the proximity of or adjacent to the Village of Oneida Castle sewers shall be connected to said sewers as hereinafter provided.
Section 2. All business or commercial users as generally defined or as provided for in the Village Zoning Law, and any amendments thereto, shall be so connected to the Oneida Castle Village Sewer System when the sewer system becomes available, unless otherwise required to be so connected prior thereto.
Section 3. All residential users as generally defined or as provided for in the Village Zoning Law, and any amendments thereto, shall be so connected to the Village of Oneida Castle sewer system when sewer system becomes available, unless otherwise required to be so connected prior thereto.
Section 4. All such gravity laterals shall be six (6) inches in diameter and all pressure sewer laterals shall be either 1.5-inches or 1.25 inches and conform, in any event, to any rules and regulations covering Sanitary Sewer Connections and Specifications Relative Thereto and shall be inspected and approved by the Village of Oneida Castle Codes Enforcement Officer prior to hookup to the sewer system.
Section 5. All residential, business and commercial property laterals shall have a clean out located at the end of their line (within two (2) feet) of the Oneida Castle Village permanent easement line or property line which shall be directed toward the sewer main.
Section 6. A violation of this Local Law is hereby declared to be a Violation, and shall render the owner of the land, or the tenant or user of said land, or any other person, corporation or entity guilty of a violation thereof, to a fine not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment for a period not to exceed Fifteen (15) days or both said fine and imprisonment. Each week’s continued violation shall constitute a separate additional violation.
Section 7. The invalidity of any section or provision of this Local Law shall not invalidate any other section or provision thereof.
Section 8. This Local Law shall take effect immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State of the State of New York.
Dated:
_________________________________ Village of Oneida Castle Village Clerk



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