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Heuvelton prepares for late-summer start to sewer rehab project as funding is secured

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HEUVELTON – A long-awaited sewer rehabilitation project in the village is slated to begin in late summer or early fall.

The $3 million project will see most of the village’s 45-year-old sewer system repaired or replaced, Mayor Barbara A. Lashua said, and is expected to be finished in the spring of 2014.

Funded through a $2 million grant by the state Environmental Facilities Corporation, a $500,000, 30-year, no-interest loan from the EFC and an anticipated $500,000 grant through the North Country Regional Development Council, the project will modernize Heuvelton’s sewer system, Mrs. Lashua said.

Because the work will is going to be village-wide, Mrs. Lashua said there may be minor inconveniences for residents.

Mrs. Lashua said some roads may only have one lane open during construction as parts of the sewer system are worked on, and residents may be asked to limit water usage.

“There should be no loss of service,” Mrs. Lashua said.

She said bypasses will be added to allow for the continued use of the system during construction.

Carrie M. Tuttle, director of engineering for the Development Authority of the North Country, said there will be public meetings organized in advance of construction in order to field questions residents may have about the project.

The project is likely to reduce operating costs in the future as the new system reduces the amount of ground water spilling into the sewer system.

Ms. Tuttle said that will reduce the amount of water the sewer treatment plant has to process, make the flow more consistent and shave money off the village’s electric bill.

With the bulk of the work expected to be completed in the fall and during the spring of 2014, Ms. Tuttle said construction crews will likely work on upgrading the treatment plant’s electrical system during the winter months.

Mrs. Lashua said the impact on residents will be minimal.

“No one will know the work is going on,” Mrs. Lashua said. Mrs. Lashua said the project may also include adding meters to regulate sewer usage, if there is funding available.

The addition of meters within the village would enable more accurate billing, Mrs. Lashua said.

Capital Consultants Architecture and Engineering, Canton, is the engineering firm overseeing the project.

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