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Ovid, Lodi villages oppose central sewer plant, may go on own

The mayors of two south Seneca County villages voiced strong opposition Tuesday to the current Seneca County Board of Supervisors’ plan to have a single, central wastewater treatment plant in Willard serve the south end of the county.

Ovid Mayor Leon Kelly and Lodi Mayor Kyle Barnhart said the centralized plan advocated by the county board would be far too costly for residents of their villages.

Instead, the two villages have hired Mary Anne Kowalski of Romulus as a consultant to explore the feasibility of building a treatment plant near Ovid to serve both villages.

Kelly urged the 14-member board, which uses a weighted vote system based on population, to vote against a centralization proposal put forth by engineers from Barton & Loguidice of Syracuse. He said the north end board members have the most weighted votes and can outvote the small south end supervisors.

“I am concerned about this proposed new plant to be built in Willard. It is very costly and it looks like B & L has started this train and we don’t know how to stop it. We need no votes from the north end,’’ Kelly said.

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