By Colin Spencer – 12/10/20
As the city of Cortland works to replace its aging water and sewer pipes — most recently on Owego Street — officials are encouraging residents to take advantage of a grant program to cover the cost of sewer and water lateral replacements.
The $750,000 water and sewer lateral program, administered by Thoma Development Consultants with work performed by the city, can help low- to moderate-income eligible residents cover sewer and water lateral replacements up to $20,000 per property, according to the program.
“This is a great opportunity for people in the city to take care of an infrastructure issue,” Mayor Brian Tobin said.
Tobin knows the problems aging laterals can cause as he had to replace his sewer lateral a few years ago; it cost $6,000.
Alderwoman Jackie Chapman (D-5th Ward) said she has been working to notify residents in her ward about the program, especially on places like Owego Street, where sewer and stormwater pipes are being replaced.