DEFERIET Following the swearing-in last week of a newly appointed trustee, Nancy R. Dutton, who replaces Timothy Irey, the village Board of Trustees opened bids for its water project.
The village, which is the lead agent for the Deferiet-Herrings joint water project, received two bids for the water tower that will serve both villages. Black Horse Group of Watertown bid $1,224,390 and Statewide Aquastore Inc. of East Syracuse had the low bid of $993,450.
Five companies were considered for the electrical work on the water project, with the $77,500 bid from S.C. Spencer of Constableville accepted. Other bids were received from Scriba Electric of Oswego ($78,421), New Century Electric of Clayton ($78,855), Dow Electric of Malone ($82,000) and S&L Electric of Colton ($83,740).
The project will include a new electrical system for the water treatment building, interior electrical work and interior and exterior lighting. Other work will include installing new submersible pumps and pressure transducers. An aviation beacon for the top of the water storage tank will have to be installed because of the proximity of the tower to the Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield on Fort Drum.
The $4 million joint water project, begun in 2006, is needed because the aging systems in both villages are deteriorating and there is contamination of Herrings water from the former Crown Cleaners property. It has received several grants since.
Phase one was completed in 2012 with the upgrade of two well houses in Deferiet. 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.
Once all the easements have been signed by property owners, bids will be solicited for the installation of the pipelines.