The Great Neck Water Pollution Control District will be getting a new belt press after the Town of North Hempstead approved the measure Tuesday night.
The district currently has a 24-year-old belt press, Councilwoman Anna Kaplan said. Great Neck Water Pollution Control District Superintendent Christopher Murphy said that this is the only part of the treatment plan that does not have redunancy in it.
The new belt press will be the identical model of the older one, Murphy said, adding that this would make repairs to the two easier because they will have the same parts.
A resident at the Town board meeting questioned whether the money that is being used for this belt press and improvements to the plant could be used to lower taxes. Supervisor Jon Kaiman answered that sometimes it's cheaper to pay more in the short-run than to have larger payments in the longer term, referring to the fact that if the current belt press has issues, it could become costly.
"Sometimes you spend money to save money," Supervisor Kaiman said.