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Niagara County Water District plans $24 million in new pipes

LOCKPORT – A $24.25 million plan to run a second major water supply line to eastern Niagara County will be on Tuesday’s County Legislature agenda.

The project will be funded by $20.25 million in 40-year county bonds and $4 million in cash from the county Water District.

Herbert A. Downs, district administrative director, said Tuesday’s resolution will set up a mandatory public hearing at the Sept. 16 Legislature meeting, necessary before the Legislature can approve the plan.

The project envisions more than 16.5 miles of new water mains, starting at the corner of Campbell Boulevard and Lockport Road in Pendleton and extending across the Towns of Lockport and Royalton to the Village of Middleport.

The plan calls for the installation of 16,900 feet, or more than three miles, of 36-inch pipe along Lockport and Robinson roads between Campbell Boulevard and South Transit Road.

The next phase is 11,100 feet, or more than two miles, of 24-inch main along Robinson and Dysinger roads in Lockport, between South Transit and Bowmiller roads.

The last phase is 59,350 feet, or more than 11 miles, of 16-inch pipe from Dysinger Road at the Lockport-Royalton border, along various roads in northern Royalton, ending at the corner of Freeman and Telegraph roads in Middleport.

“This will give us redundant water- line from Campbell Boulevard in Pendleton to the Village of Middleport,” Downs said. The project ties into a twinned waterline installed along Lockport Road in Wheatfield and Pendleton in the past two years.

Downs said the new water service will be connected to a 24-inch main leading to the Village of Medina, which despite being in Orleans County has been a Niagara County water customer for more than half a century.

The improved water supply is expected to help improve the infrastructure offerings at an industrial park in Medina, Downs said. Parts of the Orleans County towns of Ridgeway, Shelby and Yates also buy Niagara County water. “There will be no tax increase, no rate increase,” he said.

Also Tuesday, the Legislature is expected to award a $4.58 million contract to Edbauer Construction of West Seneca to replace the Wilson-Burt Road Bridge in Newfane.

CATCO of Alden outbid Edbauer by almost $500,000, but its bid was thrown out because it wasn’t signed or notarized and contains numerical errors. “We were told the lowest bidder was not a responsible bidder and shouldn’t really even be considered,” said Majority Leader Richard E. Updegrove, R-Lockport.

Lawmakers also will be asked to appropriate $140,000 from the county’s fund balance to construct a new maintenance building at the county golf course.

Richard W. Eakin, deputy public works commissioner for engineering, said the building’s roof leaks and is deteriorating, although he said he thinks it would be worthwhile to repair the roof so the building can be used for “cold storage” of vehicles and equipment.

The golf course has an independent budget called an enterprise fund, which is separate from the main county budget. The golf course is required to repay the main budget for the construction cost, plus 2.15 percent interest, over 10 years.


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