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Alex Bay’s Catherine Avenue water and sewer project could be completed by June

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ALEXANDRIA BAY — The village plans to break ground on the much-anticipated Catherine Avenue water and sewer project as soon as this week and complete it by June.

After years of planning, the village in August secured a $1,440,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund grant and a $480,000 no-interest loan through the state Environmental Facilities Corp.

Village officials started planning the sewer portion of the project in 2007 after the state Department of Environmental Conservation placed a consent order restricting new sewer connections in Alexandria Bay.

The village was required to build a new sanitary collection system to minimize infiltration of storm water and reduce overflow at the sewage treatment plant.

Alexandria Bay Trustee Steven E. Jarvis said approximately $340,000 needed to replace the water lines and sidewalks will not be covered by the EFC grant.

He said the village initially had been told by state officials that the grant money could be used for both water and sewer upgrades but later was notified that it covers only the sanitary collection part of the project.

Instead of phasing out the project, Mr. Jarvis said, the village board has decided to take out a loan to complete the work all at once — meaning water users would have to foot the $340,000 cost, likely through a gradual increase in water rates.

Still, the grant will cover the entire cost of replacing the century-old sewer pipes on Catherine Avenue between Church and Walton streets.

Bernier, Carr & Associates, Watertown, is the project engineer and W.D. Malone Trucking & Excavating of Hannibal was hired for the construction work.

Alexandria Bay officials will discuss the project further at a meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday at the village offices on Walton Street.

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