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$9 million water treatment plant

Goal: Finish $9 Million Sewage-Treatment Plant By Jeter’s 2020 Induction

Goal: Finish $9 Million

Sewage-Treatment Plant

By Jeter’s 2020 Induction

Plaque At Site Will Commemorate

Ted Peters, Veteran Committee Chair

The contributions of Ted Peters, longtime chair of what’s now Cooperstown’s Board of Water & Sewer Commissioners, were recognized a few minutes ago at a groundbreaking on the village’s $9.1 million project to repair and upgade the water-treatment plant at the far end of CCS’ sports fields on the edge of the Susquehanna River. Because of Peters, a Harvard Ph.D. in biology and eminent Bassett Hospital researcher, the existing plant, dedicated on Sept. 6, 1969, and expected to last 25 years, has lasted 50, Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch told a gathering of village officials and others. State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, reminded the audience the project is on track to be completed in time for Yankee legend Derek Jeter’s Induction next July into the Baseball Hall of Fame. With perhaps a record number of people in town, residents can thus be assured no environmental mishap will occur when the eyes of the world are focused on the village, the senator said. In her remarks, Mayor Tillapaugh said Seward obtained $2 million for the project and with other state grants added up to $6 million of the total cost. The state Environmental Fund provided $3 million in a 30-year zero-interest loan to cover the rest, she said. Gathered around Peters are, from left, former mayor Jeff Katz, Village Trustees Richard Sternberg, Cindy Falk and MacGuire Benton; Senator Seward, Trustee Jim Dean, Plant Operator John Cankar, current Water & Sewer board chair Anders Bergfjord, Mayor Tillapaugh and Trustee Joe Membrino. (Jim Kevlin/
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