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Town of Lockport approves water and sewer repairs

LOCKPORT – The Town Board continued its extensive program of water and sewer repairs Wednesday, awarding several contracts for more projects.

Aron Construction of Kingston was hired for $521,199 on a contract to repair sewer lines on Tonawanda Creek Road, a bid that came in $108,000 under budget, according to Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon.

Supervisor Marc R. Smith said the repairs will concentrate on areas where rainwater is leaking into the pipes. A companion contact for repairs of smaller lateral lines on the same road also was awarded Wednesday, with Mark Cerrone Inc. of Niagara Falls bidding $197,885.

Wendel, the town’s engineering firm, will be paid $83,000 for engineering services on Tonawanda Creek Road, and an additional $303,000 for its services on this year’s planned installation of a new water main on South Transit Road.

Wendel also was authorized to prepare designs and bidding documents for upcoming replacements of 21,000 feet of waterlines on Purdy, Slayton Settlement, Upper Mountain, Bowmiller and Leete roads. The firm will be paid $168,000 for that.

Klavoon said the estimated cost of those five waterlines is $2.3 million, which the town intends to pay from money it borrowed for the South Transit Road water project but didn’t need to spend because the job came in far under budget.

“This is part of our 100-year infrastructure plan, to stay ahead of it so it’s not a problem in the future,” Councilman Mark C. Crocker said.

“I think it’s exciting we’re able to do so much work without borrowing,” Councilwoman Patricia Dufour said.

The board awarded other contracts Wednesday, buying a dump truck for $99,388 by piggybacking on a bid sought by Onondaga County.

Also, Johnson Controls was hired for repairs to the heating and air conditioning system in the building shared by Town Court and the State Police.

Lawns Unlimited Landscaping was hired for $3,950 to tend the flower beds at Town Hall and the town’s two historic schoolhouses. The contract can be renewed for as long as five years.

Smith said the town was required to show $55,000 in savings from agreements, mergers and efficiencies in order to comply with a state savings requirement that would qualify town property owners for a state rebate check.

Smith said the town is able to show $215,943 in such savings. “That’s business as usual for us. We’re always looking for ways to save money,” Smith said.

The savings claim came from a wide variety of sources, ranging from GPS-equipped salt spreaders to the money saved on buying water from the Niagara County Water District through this year’s program of leak repairs.

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