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Heuvelton sewer project pared back and running behind schedule

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HEUVELTON — The village sewer rehabilitation project is being pared back as funding is lowered to just the amount needed to cover critical infrastructure issues.

The project, which originally was slated to begin this fall, also may be pushed back to the spring or early summer of 2014.

Mayor Barbara A. Lashua said the funding levels are still in flux, but the project appears to have been reduced to $2.3 million from its original $3 million proposal.

Mrs. Lashua said the reduced project cut out items the state Environmental Facilities Corporation considered candidates for regular maintenance instead of outright replacement.

The new funding includes roughly $700,000 from the village, paid for up front by an interest-free loan through EFC, a grant from EFC for roughly $1.2 million and a $500,000 incentive from Empire State Development Corp., the state’s economic development arm.

Timothy A. Burley, an engineer at C2AE, Canton, said he hopes to have a state Department of Transportation permit to begin the project within the next few weeks and have bids ready to be accepted by the Board of Trustees in time for their October monthly meeting.

Mr. Burley said, however, that fall is a difficult time to find companies willing to begin new projects.

Depending on the bids, Mr. Burley said, the project may have to wait until the spring to commence, adding that the village might find lower prices and more competitive bidding if they wait.

“If it’s financially beneficial to wait, then we will put it off,” Mrs. Lashua said.

The project, once it is complete, will have replaced roughly 10,000 feet of gravity-fed sewers and 75 manholes, upgraded two pumping stations and installed a duplex-grinder pumping station. The electrical entrance to the wastewater treatment plant also will be replaced.

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