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We just had a meeting with representatives from New York State of the Oneida Indian Nation in regards to the sewer system. The meeting ended up going very well for the village. It presently appears that the village is going to be on schedule to start digging the sewer main in Spring or early Summer. I do not know how long the digging is going to take but hopefully the sewer will be up and running in the fall of 2021. Now we have to keep our fingers crossed that we have the money to do the project. We will know that once all the bids come in. I will keep everyone apprised of all new developments in this website as they happen.
We are having another public hearing on November 9th at 6:30 PM with our regular meeting at 7 PM. We had to move our meeting date from the first Monday to the second Monday in November because of the elections. The voting machines will be placed and locked in the village hall on the first Monday for the national elections on November 2nd. I urge everyone to get out and vote.
The revised sewer law is included in this message for your review. If you have any questions please call myself, Trustee Don Ackerman or Trustee Tom Cochran a few days prior to the meeting. As I stated before these public meetings cost money for the legal adds that are placed the paper and that is not cheap. Because of the pandemic the village funds are a lot less than what they were in the past.
One item that was brought up in our last public hearing was about section 4 of the new law which stated, 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. The one word that was overlooked by the person that asked the question was the word any which means any state, county or town law regarding sanitary sewers. That section will remain unchanged in the new ordinance.
The change that was made was in section 5 of the new ordinance is where it says, 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.
The reason that wording on how to cleanout was directed is for the benefit of the property owner. If a property owner discovers a clog in their sewer line it will be faster to find where the clog is. If we go through the cleanout by the property line and it is found out that there is no blockage to the sewer main then the property owner will know that the problem is on his property and can do something about it sooner. If the clog is between the property and the sewer main then it is the village’s responsibility to take care of the problem. I do suggest that all property owners place a cleanout near their home or commercial property directed towards the property line to clean out any clogs that may occur.

ARTICLE LXII
Sewer Ordinance
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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