Islip will hold a public forum May 22 on the much-discussed sewer district study for communities in the southeast corner of the town.
Councilman Anthony Senft and Assemb. Andrew Garbarino (R-Sayville) will host the forum, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Sayville Middle School, 291 Johnson Ave.
The town has been studying the feasibility of a municipal sewage treatment plant to serve communities from Bayport to Great River, which all rely on individual septic services to process sewage.
"This is the first step in a process that will help the Town determine if a sewage treatment plant is in fact feasible, and allows us to closely examine the costs, benefits and what a sewage treatment plant could mean for business owners, residents and the environment," Senft said in a news release. "Sewers are essential to a clean environment and to restore our natural ecosystem, but also critical to foster the economic health of our downtowns. Oftentimes, our local businesses cannot grow, expand or sometimes even make a profit, if sewer capacity is not readily available to them."
Monica Musetti-Carlin, president of the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, said the community enthusiastically supports the plan. "Everyone along the South Shore of Long Island that I've talked to is in complete agreement of having a sewer system in the area," she said.
The study examines nearby public and private sewage plants and what models would work best in Islip.
The low water table in Oakdale and Sayville makes them a priority for sewer development, according to Garbarino, who also said funding could come from the state and federal governments.
"Having a sewage treatment plant opens up many possibilities in downtown areas," he said in the statement.