Weekly Feature

2013-12-04 / Front Page

Town to see more waterline replacements


Water lines throughout the town will continue to be replaced, and a water storage tank along Two Mile Creek Road will receive updates.

The Town Board unanimously approved these two projects — through a $3 million bond resolution — at its meeting on Monday night at the Municipal Building.

Councilman Joseph Emminger estimated that during the last five to six years the Town Board has spent around $90 million on water and sewer projects.

“Just an astronomical sum,” he said.

He pointed out that these improvements are mandated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, and, additionally, these issues were highlighted in a critical water study conducted in 2007. The study pointed out, among other things, that water wasn’t flowing from some fire hydrants in the town.

“The money that we’re spending is not only to improve being able to run water, but it’s also a public safety — a health — issue,” said Emminger. “We need to provide our firefighters with the necessary tools they need to fight fires when they arrive. It’s a very important, integral part of the water and sewer infrastructure we’re addressing.”

The areas of the town that will see water replacement will be on Orchard and Cleveland Drive between Delaware and Talbot Road and also Lumney Avenue between Brighton Road and Cleveland Drive.

The project will also include reconnecting intersecting water mains. Additionally, it will include hydrant replacement and pavement, curb, sidewalk, lawn and driveway restoration, said Kirk Rowland, who is the town’s division head of water and sewer maintenance.

The second project approved by the town includes the cleaning and painting of the water storage tank, located at 237 Two Mile Creek Road. The interior will be cleaned and painted, and a new mixer will be installed. The outside will also be painted. The last time the interior of the tank was painted was in 2003, and the exterior was last painted in 1985.

“The painting of the tank will be a little tricky,” said Rowland, “but we should start by early spring so it’s done by midsummer.”

In other news, Emminger reminded residents and business owners to keep their sidewalks and driveways clear from snow.

“Not only is it common court esy,” he said, “but also the law states you have to.”

The Town Board will hold its next regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, in the council chambers at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave.

email: nspencer@beenews.com

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