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Cape Vincent secures grant for $2.8 million Water District 6 project

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CAPE VINCENT — After a couple of unsuccessful attempts, the town finally has secured state funding to extend municipal water service to Tibbetts Point.

“This was six years in the making,” town Supervisor Urban C. Hirschey said. “I think it’s a win-win for everybody.”

The town tried and failed twice to secure funding for the multimillion-dollar project to provide potable water to more than 90 households and the Tibbetts Point Lighthouse facilities west of the village.

Funding for the proposed $2.8 million undertaking comes from an $885,594 state Environmental Facilities Corp. grant, with the rest covered by a 30-year, no-interest loan.

The state grant program requires Cape Vincent to wrap up the project by 2015 and, assuming all goes as planned, the town plans to break ground next year.

The next step for the town is to hold a public hearing on the formal expansion of Water District 6, which would serve a total of 108 equivalent dwelling units. The hearing will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Cape Vincent Recreation Park, James Street.

On average, the annual cost per customer is estimated to be $774. However, the town plans to lower the service charge for outside users hooked into the village’s water line who already have up-to-date water infrastructure.

Project engineers with Bernier, Carr and Associates, Watertown, in May estimated the per-year cost to be included in Water District 6 would be about $9 lower than what outside users now pay for village water.

Town officials and engineers also had said properties connected to the village’s water line should be part of a formal district regardless, because the village was notified several years ago by the state Department of Environmental Conservation that it did not have a permit to sell water to outside users.

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