A settlement has been reached to resolve long-running litigation stemming from a catastrophic wall collapse at the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant.

The proposed $30 million deal between the municipal owners of the facility in Vestal and companies involved in a construction project at the plant was first reported by WSKG.

A concrete wall on the west side of the massive treatment facility collapsed on May 16, 2011. Binghamton and Johnson City officials decided to go to court

Under terms of a funding settlement agreement posted online, SUEZ Treatment Solutions and a unit formerly known as Infilco Degremont would pay $20 million to the Joint Sewage Board.

The deal also calls for C.O. Falter Construction Corporation to pay $5 million; C&S Engineers, C&S Design Build, C&S Companies and Delta Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors to pay $4.8 million; Camp Dresser and McKee to pay $250,000; EJ Construction Group to pay $25,000; and Matco Electric to pay $25,000.

Crews at work at the Vestal treatment plant in August 2013 in the area of an earlier wall collapse. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Crews at work at the Vestal treatment plant in August 2013 in the area of an earlier wall collapse. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Sewage board chairman George Kolba declined to comment on the proposed deal because he didn't want to jeopardize the settlement. He said the board approved it at a meeting on Tuesday.

Kolba said the proposal also must be voted on by Binghamton City Council and the Johnson City Village Board.

If lawmakers approve the deal, the settlement ultimately would require the signatures of Binghamton Mayor Jared Kraham and Johnson City Mayor Martin Meaney to be finalized.

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