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Louisville awards contract for water project


LOUISVILLE - The town board has awarded a contract for the construction of its new water district to Marcellus Construction, Adams, with work expected to begin in May.

Town Supervisor Larry R. Legault said the firm’s total bid of $6,286,740 also includes an alternate bid of $97,600, that will include connecting all of the project’s laterals to the water main.

The bid also leaves the town with a contingency budget of $1,064,260, enough to hopefully also bring water to the residents of the Whalen Road and Patterson Road.

“With that contingency, we’re also hoping to lay more pipe and include the Whalen and Patterson roads,” Mr. Legault said, adding the additional work isn’t guaranteed and is pending the approval of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), the agency funding the project.

“The way the bids came in it’s looking pretty good for being able to continue the project,” Mr. Legault said. “Tim (Project Engineer Tim Burley of C2AE, Canton) has checked with the funding agency, and they just need to look over the bid documents and give us the final approval.”

Mr. Legault also said the town would be seeking the approval of its attorney before modifying the project to include the additional roads.

Should the additional work be approved, and Mr. Legault said he’s expecting it will be, he said roughly 85 percent of the town will have municipal water service.

“I think our next goal will be to continue past Steve’s Stop & Shop onto the Mein Road and into Chase Mills, where we could then come back down County Route 39 and complete the loop.” he added.

The reason for being able to include additional work was the board’s decision to use PVC pipe rather than ductal iron for the water mains.

“If we would have used ductal iron, the contingency would have only been $484,075,” he said, not enough to include Whalen Road and Patterson Road.

The fact that PVC was cheaper though wasn’t the only factor that went into the decision.

“The town board did their homework,” Mr. Legault said. “We researched ductal iron and PVC and it was unanimous to go with PVC. “The fact that we’ve decided to with PVC water mains instead of ductal iron is how we’re coming up with extra money,” he said, adding the were several benefits to using PVC versus ductal iron.

Among the benefits of PVC pipe is there is less friction through the pipe, it’s easier to install, easier to repair and cheaper to buy.

“It is being used in a lot of new water projects,” Mr. Legault said, adding Mr. Burley has said their firm has used it several times.

Mr. Legault said he’s optimistic that work will begin sometime in May, meaning some residents of the district will have municipal water service within the next four to five months.

“If they get started in May probably by mid-summer some people will start to see their water turned on,” he said.

Mr. Legault said he’s not sure where the contractor will begin once work gets started, but he’s anticipating there will be multiple crews working each day.

“I would imagine that with a project of this size there will be multiple starting points, but that hasn’t been determined yet,” he said.

Mr. Legault also said he realizes it has been a long wait for residents of the district for municipal water service.

“They have been very patient,” he said. “Now they know we have a project to start and we can provide them with municipal water, which has been a long time coming for these people.”

The original boundaries for the water district encompassed uncovered portions of the Willard Road, with service also beginning at the town’s office complex and contining along state Route 37 to Steve’s Gas before turning down County Route 39 into the hamlet of Louisville, and expanding onto the Thompson Ridge Road to state Route 56, ending at the Norfolk town line.

The district will also extend onto West Hatfield Street, wrapping around state Route 37 and back to state Route 56, where it will also include several Norfolk residents.

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