Proposed Findley Lake Sewer District Plan Goes To May 26 Public Vote

At a Thursday meeting, Rebecca Brumagin, Mina town supervisor, said enough petitions were secured and verified to send a proposed sewer district to permissive referendum. Town officials approved to establish May 26 as the day in which people in the proposed district can vote. P-J photo by Jimmy McCarthy

FINDLEY LAKE — Property owners within the proposed Findley Lake Sewer District will have a say to its formation.

Enough petitions were secured by the town from property owners in the district to move it to permissive referendum. Rebecca Brumagin, Mina town supervisor, told board members during a Thursday meeting that it will go to a vote.

March 22 was the cut-off date for property owners in the proposed district to petition to the town to put the proposal up for a vote. Residents had since Feb. 20 when the town board unanimously approved the proposed sewer district, which is comprised of about 430 properties.

“They’ve been verified by the town clerk and myself but also the town attorney for there to be the permissive referendum,” Brumagin said.

Town board members approved to establish the vote on Friday, May 26, for the maximum number of hours they’re able to hold the vote. The specific time frame will be released once they find out how long they can hold it.

Having the vote the weekend before Memorial Day will allow out-of-town property owners the chance to vote, Brumagin said.

The town will organize the vote with assistance from the Chautauqua County Board of Elections. Brumagin told board members the vote isn’t something that can be turned over to the board of elections.

“We’ll have to find out what that means in terms of how much assistance they will provide us in terms of election officials, their voting machines and the whole process,” Brumagin said.

The town board also agreed to hold a public informational meeting before the vote for those in the proposed district.

Brumagin said they will release a day and time once everything is planned out. Informational notices will also be sent out to property owners in the proposed district. Board members also approved to allow absentee ballots.

The district as approved by the town board encompasses areas around the lake as well as the business district and the area beyond Interstate 86 where the wastewater treatment facility is being proposed.

Forming a district is the latest step in a lengthy process to bring the estimated $14 million sewer project together. Officials say a centralized sewer system around Findley Lake will look to keep unwanted nutrients and phosphorus from impairing the health of the lake.