management and implementation will be overseen by Oneida County
Department of Water Quality and Water Pollution Control, led by
Commissioner Steve Devan and his staff, who are responsible for
coordinating all technical aspects of the project.
This includes serving as liaison between the project
engineering consulting group and expert technical advisors who
currently have some responsibility for management, operations and
maintenance of the districtís inter-municipal sewer system.
project implementation team will provide regular progress and
activity reports to the projectís newly-formed Steering
Committee, which was created to demonstrate the Countyís
commitment to provide accountability and ensure two-way
communication by including representatives of the community,
business, local government and other stakeholders.
steering committee will be an integral part of the remediation
process and its role and responsibilities will be critical to the
sewer districtís successful compliance with the Consent Order
mandates. The concept of including a steering committee as part of
the process was designed to provide accountability.
The steering committee will be comprised of the Oneida
County Sewer Districtís Advisory Board, which includes the chief
elected officials from each of the 12 member municipalities that
form the district, or their designee, as stipulated in the county
charter. The committee
will also include one community representative from each
municipality, designated by that municipalityís chief elected
official, as well as two rotating at-large seats appointed by the
. The criteria used to
select committee members included a sufficient knowledge, interest
and expertise to contribute to the project oversight process.
Steering Committeeís responsibilities include strategic
oversight, maintaining project focus and direction, and ensuring
that the project meets defined goals, requirements and
deliverables in a timely and cost-effective manner.
especially critical role of steering committee members includes
serving as community liaisons who will share current project
information with residents and businesses throughout the project
Commissioner and his team will receive additional support from a
project consulting team that includes engineering consultants,
technical, legal and financial advisors, and public information