LOCKPORT - The Town of Lockport expects to award a contract next week to upgrade 23 sewer lift stations, and Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon told the Town Board Wednesday that a preliminary analysis of the bids shows the project will come in about $600,000 under budget.
Klavoon had estimated it would cost $3.2 million to rehabilitate the stations, including the installation of emergency generators in 16 of them, but it looks like the total cost of the general and electrical construction contracts will be about $2.6 million.
Also Wednesday, the board appropriated $140,712 to pay about half the cost of the purchase of the new recycling totes to be used by residents after Jan. 1. Supervisor Mark C. Crocker said the town has applied for a $150,000 state grant to reimburse it for half of the expense, but other municipalities have waited three to five years for such grants to be approved by the Department of Environmental Conservation.
The other half of the purchase cost already was in the town's refuse fund. To cover the rest up front, the board is taking $80,000 from the town's surplus. The remaining $60,712 is being lent from the general fund to the refuse fund, which is to repay the loan during 2017.