At the August 5 meeting of the Springwater Town Board, it was announced that there were about 60 easements for the new sewer project that
still needed to be signed. “This is crazy,” said Supervisor Babbitt-Henry. “We’ve been trying to get these easements signed since October 2018, we’ve put fluorescent stickers on the outside of the bills telling them their easement has not been signed, we’ve tried to call, but still….no response. We need to get these peoples’ names on the website, and maybe levy a hefty fine if these people don’t take care of it, to get their attention.” The list of names of people who have failed to sign easements was read at the meeting. “This affects funding, and it’s not fair that a few people who can’t get around to sign an easement affect the whole hamlet…This is critical….it affects our funding for this job. We could lose the 3.5 million dollars if we don’t get these easements, and the whole sewer project would be dead in the water.” “We’re asking for a 10 foot easement off the centerline and 10 feet of workspace to fix and repair anything on that person’s property. If we don’t have an easement, we can’t fix it.”
Bids are due shortly, but all easements must be signed by Sept. 1 to secure funding. If the signatures are not received, either the project needs to be reconfigured or the funding could be lost.