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Deferiet-Herrings joint water project moving ahead

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The villages of Deferiet and Herrings are moving forward with a joint water project.

Representatives of each village board have been meeting with representatives of project engineer Bernier, Carr & Associates to hammer out details of the intermunicipal agreement and finalize plans for the $3,913,452 second phase of the project.

Funding comes from a state Environmental Facilities Corp. grant of $1,959,200, a 30-year, interest-free state EFC loan for $1,320,952 and a $622,000 federal Rural Development grant.

Phase one was completed last year with the upgrade of two well houses in Deferiet. Funding for phase one came in part from a state Shared Municipal Service Incentive Program grant of $386,400.

Phase two will install a shared water tower, run a water main between the two villages and upgrade the mains in each village. Meters and fire hydrants will be installed.

The intermunicipal agreement, which defines responsibilities of each village, was drafted in 2008 and signed by then-Mayors Jane W. Dingman for Deferiet and David Arnold for Herrings. Since then, there has been a change in the siting of the shared water tower.

It is now proposed to erect the tower near the well house on Route 3A in Deferiet. Deferiet Mayor Janet M. Zando said soil borings were done April 8 to determine the suitability of the site.

The committee set up two meetings for residents to sign easements allowing the water pipes to run on a portion of their property. More than 60 easements, including all properties along Route 3, are needed. Herrings residents have been asked to sign easements from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Herrings municipal building on Route 3, and Deferiet residents from 6 to 8 p.m. April 30 at the Deferiet municipal building, 68 Riverside Drive.

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