POTSDAM - Town Supervisor Marie C. Regan has engaged in discussions with Village Administrator David H. Fenton about the possibility of the water and sewage payment for Potsdams Pine Street Arena being changed to a municipal rate when the town takes over the municipalitys recreation department.
Ms. Regan and Mr. Fenton met on Tuesday to discuss the matter, but it seems for now, at least, that the cost will stay at its current residential rate.
Ms. Regan initially brought up the possibility of the water and sewage payment being provided at no cost to the recreation district, an idea that was suggested to her, but Mr. Fenton told her that it was not possible.
During the town board meeting this week, Ms. Regan explained to her board how the conversation transpired.
They have the water and sewer at a residential rate for the arena. I cant dispute that thats the right category. (Mr. Fenton) said (to me), Well thats what weve been doing. Well, I want a municipal rate, Ms. Regan said. I said, Were both going to be paying it. Its going to be in the budget. Were both going to be paying it. Lets have a municipal rate for the water and sewer if you wont provide it for nothing. He said he thought that would fly.
When the idea of the no cost proposal began to fizzle, Potsdam Town Attorney Frank Cappello reignited the conversation by suggesting that Ms. Regan not back down from Mr. Fenton. He asked if she had presented the idea to the village board. She said she had not.
I dont think Id take it on until they turn you down, Mr. Cappello said.
But he said he didnt think it could be legally done, Ms. Regan answered.
Theyre legally illegally doing it now. Theyre treating water, sending it all over the place now. It doesnt go any place and theyre not charging for it, Mr. Cappello said.
The board discussed the differences between the three rates (commercial, municipal, and residential) but did not have information on how much each one costs. They did say that residential costs more than municipal.
Ms. Regan explained that payment for the district was most likely at a residential rate as well.
Here (town hall) its just for drinking water and the bathroom. What Im saying is we dont use enough so we probably are at the residential rate. At the arena you need it to freeze the ice, Ms. Regan said.
Ms. Regan attempted to bring the discussion to an end by making a suggestion to her board.
Could we adopt this as an amendment saying, At no cost to the rec district. If this is impossible could we have a municipal rate for usage which would be mutually decided, she said.
They want you (the town board) to take over recreation. Put the burden on them to make a decision. The worst thing they say is no, Mr. Cappello said. The trouble is water governs sewer. Youre going to use a lot of water but not much sewage but youre going to pay a ton of money for sewage. If you think about it, theres no such thing as a sewage meter but theres a water meter.
Mr. Fenton and Potsdam Mayor Steven W. Yurgartis were unavailable for comment regarding the issue.