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Water line replacement contract OK'd

The Town Board voted Monday night to award a $1.4 million contract to Occhino Corp. of West Seneca to replace a water line on Mountain View Drive that is more than a century old.

"It's the oldest water line that we know of in the town," said Supervisor Fred M. Newlin.

Newlin said the project will be one of the first funded with money the town is slated to receive for capital improvements from a settlement with the State Power Authority for the relicensing of the Niagara Power Project.

The town is slated to receive $850,000 annually for capital projects for the next 50 years under the settlement agreement.

The board voted to award the contract after getting legal advice from town attorneys during a closed session.

Also Monday, the board unanimously authorized the town's water pollution control administrator to apply for a grant through the state's Shared Municipal Services Incentive program.

The town will apply for $600,000 with the Town of Porter, the Village of Lewiston and the Village of Youngstown to analyze ways to stop rainwater from flowing into their shared sewer treatment plant.

The municipalities hope the money will fund a detailed engineering analysis to study water infiltration into the sewer system and to develop recommendations for improving the system. The study would also determine ways to share the costs of potential improvements and evaluate ways to provide the service more efficiently.

Councilman Alfonso M. Bax said the four municipalities have been dealing with ways to keep water from infiltrating aging infrastructure and increasing the cost of operations.

Local leaders are also concerned about the impact of rainwater infiltration and other non-sanitary inflow on the fixed-capacity plant.

If the municipalities are awarded the grant, they would each pay 10 percent of the cost of the study.

Timothy Lockhart, the town's water pollution control administrator, said recent rainstorms have not significantly impacted the wastewater treatment plant because of dry weather the area experienced throughout this year.


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