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Village of Heuvelton to start $3m sewer project

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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 repair or replace most of the village’s 45-year-old sewer system, said Mayor Barbara A. Lashua, and is expected to be finished in the spring.

Funded through a $2 million grant from the state Environmental Facilities Corp., 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 be villagewide, Mrs. Lashua said, there may be minor inconveniences for residents.

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

“There should be no loss of service,” Mrs. Lashua said, adding the project’s plans include adding bypasses to allow the system’s continued use during construction.

Carrie M. Tuttle, engineering director for the Development Authority of the North Country, said public meetings will be organized before construction to field residents’ questions.

The project is likely to reduce operating costs as the new system reduces the amount of groundwater 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 lower the village’s electric bill.

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

“No one will know the work is going on,” Mrs. Lashua said, emphasizing the project’s limited impact on residents.

She said the project also may include adding meters to regulate sewer use if funding is available.

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

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

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