Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced $65,000 has been directed for the development of a new sewer district in the Village of Red Hook. The money will be distributed from the county Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). Should all approvals and additional funding be obtained, the new sewer district will serve the areas with frontage on Route 9 and Route 199. The district’s creation will require a formal request to the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority (DCWWA) by the Village board demonstrating local support. Then at the request of the Village, the sewer system will be owned and operated by the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority (DCWWA).
“The Village of Red Hook wants to develop a stronger community center with smart growth principles to help protect the groundwater supply for the surrounding family homes,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “Without the staffing and funding help we provide from the County, smaller villages and towns such as Red Hook could not move forward to undertake such significant projects.”
The sewer system is a critical component of the Village and Town of Red Hook’s ongoing zoning and planning process and is considered to be a vital “smart growth” project. The sewer system will support the business district which currently served by individual septic systems. These individual systems limit the opportunity for growth in the business district and potentially threaten the nearby aquifer that serves surrounding area residential properties.
According to Village of Red Hook Mayor David Cohen, the CDBG award will be used for the preliminary design and investigations for the construction of a low pressure sanitary sewer collection system and a wastewater treatment plant to service selected areas of the Village and Town of Red Hook. “Getting a sewer system to efficiently serve the business district along Route 9 and Route 199 and allow for future growth has been a key priority for a long time,” said Mayor Cohen. “This funding is a critical next step toward making it a reality. We wish to thank County Executive Steinhaus and the DCWWA for their support with this process. It is an important step for protecting the environment (the aquifer) and encouraging growth in our business district.”
The Wastewater Treatment Plant is proposed to be located on the site of the Red Hook Commons Wastewater Treatment Plant. Ken Kearney, developer of Red Hook Commons, has agreed to donate an 11 acre land parcel with site access as well as the existing treatment plant that serves Red Hook Commons which will serve as the infrastructure foundation for an expanded treatment plant that will be able to provide sewer treatment capacity to both the Village and Town of Red Hook.
Dutchess County has previously provided funding totaling $11,000 through the DCWWA to the Village of Red Hook.
DCWWA Chairman Tom LeGrand stated, “Our organization is pleased to be able to help make sewer a real possibility in Red Hook. We look forward to working with the Village and town to complete this important project.”
“The Village and Town of Red Hook have an extensive history of collaboration, both with each other and with County Government,” said County Executive Steinhaus.
“These successful partnerships have created a model affordable housing project for the community. Now, by extending the partnership to include the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority, progress can continue on getting a much-needed sewer district to serve both the Village and parts of the Town of Red Hook.”
CDBG funding is administered by the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and provides funds to municipalities and human service agencies to benefit low-to-moderate income residents of Dutchess County.