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Village says ‘no’ to sewer service for VSM

The planned Victory Sports Medicine “Victory Campus” project will have to build an on-site water treatment system, after being denied sewer service from the village.

In a recent exchange of letters, the village of Skaneateles informed the Syracuse Department of Water that VSM would not be allowed use of its sewers and water treatment plant.

The VSM campus, which is to be built on Route 20, needed special permission to use the village sewer system because it lies completely outside the village’s borders.

The first letter, from the Syracuse Commissioner of Water Deborah Somers, says that having the wastewater from VSM treated by the village plant would be in the best interest of the city and Skaneateles. Somers wrote that with an on-site water treatment facility at Victory Sports, if would be possible for pollutants to enter the watershed during a storm, thus polluting Skaneateles Lake and the Syracuse drinking water that is taken from it.

The village’s response, written by Village Attorney Michael Byrne, recognized that there are “compelling reasons” for VSM to use the village’s

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