HEUVELTON – The village is preparing a $3 million rehabilitation of the sewer system this summer. The project will see the majority of the villages 45-year-old sewer system repaired or replaced along with upgrades to the sewer treatment plant.
The village is waiting for the engineering process to be finalized before soliciting contractor bids.
Timothy A. Burley, the engineer heading the project from Capital Consultants Architecture and Engineering, said his firm is waiting for topographical maps to be drawn up before they can continue planning.
I expect that to arrive in the next month, Mr. Burley said.
He said it will take another month to finish the engineering phase.
Mayor Barbara A. Lashua said the work involved will be tough for residents, as some sections of the sewer will require tearing up streets.
Mr. Burley said the impact on the community will be minimal. No streets will be closed for long, he said, and the project will be completed in the least intrusive way possible.
I have a lot of confidence in [Mr. Burley], Mrs. Lashua said.
She said he has been responsible for overseeing many similar projects across the north country, including the recent River Road East sewer expansion in Morristown.
Mr. Burley said the project in Heuvelton is likely to begin in May or June and continue into the fall.
Funding for the sewer rehabilitation project was secured through the state Environmental Facilities Corp.
Meanwhile, the future of another village water project remains in limbo: a long-awaited water tower replacement. Mrs. Lashua and village trustees decided last fall to move forward with a renovation of the villages water tower to the tune of $2.5 million.
Applications for the low-interest loans the village needs to fund the work are being reviewed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
But Mr. Burley said the loans could be held up indefinitely unless Congress acts on a new Farm Bill.
The current Farm Bill expires in September, and Mr. Burley said he does not expect the funding to be approved before then.
Were in a queue, Mr. Burley said.
He said there is no way to judge how long approval could take.
The water tower is in serious need of replacement. The current towers capacity is 100,000 gallons of water, while the village is using 113,000 gallons a day.
When the water is not able to sit in the tower because its entire volume is in use, it gets very limited exposure to purifying chlorine, Mrs. Lashua said.
She said according to current estimates, it would cost more to repair the tower than replace it.