The Lancaster Town Board is closer to getting out of the sewer business.
In preparation for consolidating the two remaining town-operated sewer districts into one to be operated by Erie County, the Town Board Monday unanimously agreed to bond $7 million to make repairs and improvements to water lines in those two town-operated districts.
Lancaster has been in talks with the county Sewer Authority to take over Sewer Districts 1 and 2. The town owns the infrastructure in those districts and pays the county to maintain it, but that has become cost-prohibitive because of the age of the sewer system and the relatively small number of users in those districts.
The county has already agreed to absorb Districts 1 and 2 into the county operated Sewer District 4, which covers the bulk of Lancaster. Once that happens, which Supervisor Robert Giza predicted will occur before the end of month, there will be only one sewer district to represent all of Lancaster, Erie County Sewer District 4.
As part of that plan, the town wants to build about 9,300 linear feet of 12-inch town-owned water main along Impala Parkway, Steinfeldt Road, Erie Street and Walter Winter Way.
The town also wants to replace about 43,000 linear feet of deteriorated water main with new 8-inch pipe along Broadway, Bowen Road, Lake Avenue, Ransom Road, Townline Road, Waltham Avenue and William Street.
Town Engineer Robert Harris Monday explained that the lines to be replaced have a record of numerous repairs over the years.
"It's become uneconomical to keep fixing it. It needs to be replaced," said Harris.
Harris also noted that both the town and county Water Authority made a significant investment in the new William Street Pumping Station a few years ago with the intention of improving water pressure in several areas of the town.
In order to accomplish that, the town must create a better corridor to get water from the William Street pump station up to the north-central part of the town, Harris said.
He estimated that roughly 10 percent of the town's water lines will need to be replaced.