Members of the Auburn City Council voted Thursday to approve a contract to provide city sewer services to the towns of Owasco, Fleming and Sennett.
The agreement is the product of over a year of negotiations between the city and towns to adopt a fair wholesale sewer rate and a methodology to calculate the rate in the future. The contract sets the wholesale sewer rate at $2.78 per 100 cubic feet, which was agreed upon in January, following studies from two separate firms.
“I know this has been a long, drawn-out process but I think we should acknowledge (city) staff for the work they have done on this,” Councilor Jimmy Giannettino said during Thursday’s meeting. “I think it also lays the groundwork for future agreements and working on mutual interests with the towns. I think it was an exercise in building trust and I want to thank staff for doing that.”