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Alexandria Bay, Alexandria approve water deal for Route 12 water project

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ALEXANDRIA BAY — Development of Alexandria’s Route 12 water project passed a major milestone, as the town got the village of Alexandria Bay’s conditional approval to use its water for the project.

Town Supervisor Dale D. Hunneyman said the initial intermunicipal agreement deal was struck late last week, and will allow the town to put the work out for bid in August, in order to start work in September.

“It is a big deal to the town,” he said. “We want to get started on it this fiscal year.

In a message to the Times, village Mayor Danielle Jury said the deal will bring additional revenue for the village, and potentially help expand its offerings.

Among the final issues to be hashed out between the two sides are the price of the water and total water allocations.

The town is estimating a daily use of about 15,000 gallons of village water, with a peak of about 38,000 gallons per day with the Route 12 project, excluding use at Swan Bay and the Bonnie Castle Recreation Center site.

The project, which will run from Otter Street in Alexandria Bay to the Price Chopper area on Route 12, has been in development for years. In December, the town received $2.3 million in federal grants and loans to move forward with the project.

In addition to aiding businesses near the Price Chopper, Mr. Hunneyman said, the development of the project could help with the creation of a $100 million racino project that was introduced in June.

When initially talking about the project with the Times, developers Mark Bohn and Marc R. Vasile both said that the water and sewer service on the roadway didn’t meet their projected needs, and they were working with the state Environmental Facilities Corp. on funding to improve it.

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