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Heuvelton sewer project pared back and running behind schedule

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HEUVELTON - The village-wide sewer rehabilitation project is being pared back as funding is lowered to just the amount needed to cover critical issues with the system.

The project, which was originally slated to begin this fall, may also 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’s funding appears to have been reduced to $2.3 million, as opposed to the original $3 million proposed.

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

The project’s current funding includes roughly $700,000 through an interest-free EFC loan, a $500,000 incentive from the state’s Empire State Development Corp., and a grant from EFC for roughly $1.2 million.

Timothy A. Burley, partner at engineering firm 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 village board in time for its October meeting.

Mr. Burley said, however, that the 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 spring to start, adding that the village might find less expensive prices and more competitive bidding if it waits.

“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 sewers and 75 manholes, upgraded two pumping stations and installed a duplex grinder pumping station. The electrical entrance to the wastewater treatment plant will also be replaced.

The village has been looking to update its 45-year-old sewer system and reduce the amount of groundwater that spills into it, thereby lowering operating costs.

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