Conway meets Monday on sewer treatment idea

CONWAY — A study to explore a wastewater treatment plant in town would target the downtown and surrounding area as part of an effort to attract more businesses to this small hilltown.

The Planning Board and Board of Selectmen will meet on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Town Offices to discuss how to move forward with the proposed feasibility study.

At annual town meeting, voters supported $12,000 to explore the possibilities of creating a municipal treatment center. The town would have to go out to bid for the study.

The study is an attempt by the town to bring more business to Conway. The Planning Board says lack of sewer as one thing preventing growth.

“We’re hoping to attract and encourage a more vibrant downtown. There have been a number of attempts to bring business to the downtown,” said Planning Board member Joseph Strzegowski. “I suspect the sewer system is one of the issues.”

A sewer system would help the town expand, town planners said.

When the Planning Board discussed creating a center village district this year within the town bylaws to encourage business growth, townspeople argued the bylaw changes would have no effect unless the town had sewage treatment.

The Planning Board doesn’t have the specifics yet on where a sewer system could go. The study would determine that.

The study would focus on Main and River streets and parts of South Deerfield Road and Ashfield Road, which includes about 50 homes that rely on septic systems.

Strzegowski said the proposal would look at potential sites, including along the South River.

The study would also explore the possibility of a common leaching field.

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