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Potsdam water extension would cost $7 million

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POTSDAM — The town has received a study detailing how to expand water and sewer coverage up Route 56, but a high price tag means the project is still a long way out, if it happens at all.

It would take $7 million or more to extend town water and sewer lines up the studied portion of Route 56, near the border of the village of Potsdam, according to the study.

The high cost did not come as a surprise, Supervisor Marie C. Regan said.

“There’s nothing really new there,” she said.

Blue Mountain Engineering, North Bangor, completed the study, which was an update of work Blue Mountain did in 2006.

The first time the Town Council discussed the project, it was scrapped because of the high cost, partially because of the focus on building a new town hall.

The updated study is being distributed among Town Council members as they prepare to decide whether to undertake the project now that the hall is finished and renovations on Potsdam Town Court are complete.

“Everybody is having a chance to look at the study,” Ms. Regan said.

The extension would require numerous funding sources.

Many state sources require projects to be submitted to the state’s Intended Use Program, an annually updated list maintained by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Ms. Regan said the town might apply for a place on the list, but first it needs to make sure the residents and business owners in the affected area are interested in getting water and sewer services.

“Now that we know what it costs, we’ll have to talk about it,” she said. “We’ll have to see if there is interest.”

Regardless of the decision, any action remains in the distant future.

The stretch of road in question has caused occasional controversy between the town of Potsdam and the village.

The village, which provides water and sewer services to nearby property within its boundaries, has tried on several occasions to annex portions of Route 56, citing the town’s lack of infrastructure.

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