Islip Town supervisor Angie Carpenter and Suffolk County executive Steve Bellone were joined by community leaders and elected officials in a groundbreaking ceremony on a long-awaited project that …
Islip Town supervisor Angie Carpenter and Suffolk County executive Steve Bellone were joined by community leaders and elected officials in a groundbreaking ceremony on a long-awaited project that will connect the Lexington Village Condominium complex to the Suffolk County sewer system.
The $4.3 million project will connect the 170-unit housing complex, located in an environmental justice community, to the Suffolk County Sewer District No. 3 Southwest.
“This project is a shining example of intergovernmental cooperation. As elected officials, it is our responsibility to ensure that everyone enjoys a standard of living and quality of life. This sewer connection addresses an environmental concern by cleaning up the water being discharged into the ground and provides a more sustainable development. It also puts an end to trying to maintain the current failing system, which had been a costly and untenable expense for residents,” said Carpenter.
Suffolk County and the Town of Islip are each contributing $700,000 in funding to allow the project to move forward after initial bids for the project came in higher than anticipated. The entirety of the project will be covered through municipal funding and will not be passed along to Lexington Village, where the majority of residents receive public assistance.
“The groundbreaking at Lexington Village highlights the significant progress we have made to take historic measures in order to reclaim our water and improve our wastewater infrastructure throughout all our communities in Suffolk County,” said Bellone. “This project is a result of community-based planning and collaborative partnerships. I thank supervisor Carpenter and the Town of Islip for their unwavering commitment to enhance the quality of life and provide much needed relief for the residents of Lexington Village.”
The project entails the decommissioning, demolishing, and removal of the property’s existing sewage treatment plan, and will redirect the system to a nearby sewage pump station, connecting to the county’s sewer system. Construction of the project is expected to take approximately eight months.