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LeRay may expand new sewer district with savings from low bids

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The town of LeRay may be able to increase the scope of its Sewer District 4 project with hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings in the bids that came in for the project.

The project will primarily service trailer parks and other residences in the hamlet of Calcium and the Five Corners Road area, connecting those areas to the sewer lines running from Fort Drum to Watertown’s wastewater treatment facility.

The town council on Thursday evening unanimously approved allowing town Supervisor Ronald C. Taylor to sign agreements to approve the bids pending the finalization of the electrical work component of the project.

For the pipeline work, F.P. Kane Construction, Endicott, had the low bid of $2,532,000. With estimates for that portion of the project coming in at about $3 million, the savings could be used to connect dozens of additional residences into the project.

The council also gave approval for Town Engineer Kris D. Dimmick to start looking into potential new areas for the district to serve. Multiple areas have already been cleared by the state Historic Preservation Office provided that the sites are actively monitored during construction.

Mr. Dimmick said one positive aspect of the potential expansion is that the town has already gone through the State Environmental Quality Review for a larger area than originally drawn, potentially cutting down on the time needed to bring new areas into the district project.

For the electrical work on the project, the town is looking at an alternative development plan that would place gravity pumps at a few sections of the district. If that is deemed feasible, the town will accept the $35,180 bid of S.C. Spencer Electric, Constableville. If that plan does not work, the town will move forward with the $48,260 bid of S&L Electric, Colton.

It was reported during the meeting that the town is entering the project with a contingency fund of about $600,000.

The project is supported by a $2 million grant and $2 million interest-free loan from the state’s Environmental Facilities Corporation, announced in August.

On Thursday, the council also unanimously approved the creation of a vice chairman of its Planning Board, and set the pay for that position at $4,700.

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