Two state agencies will have to approve plans for the Sunset Island sewer project before work can begin, says Orest P. Ciolko, town engineer.
Responding to concerns of the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Environmental Facilities Corp. will add further delay to the project, already set back by the withdrawal of the contractor. Town officials now say the project probably will not begin until spring.
Sunset Island actually is two islands in Lake Ontario, separated from the mainland by a branch of Twelvemile Creek. The town proposes to install a sanitary sewer to replace septic tanks for about 85 cottages, most of which are occupied only during the summer.
The Town Board already made one change in the project last Monday, deciding to offer year-round sewer service to all island residents. That will add about $30,000 to the projected cost of what was seen as a seasonal system.
After that decision, Socko Contracting Co. of the Town of Niagara, the apparent low bidder for the project, withdrew its $549,977 bid.
The board had awarded the contract to Socko, contingent on state approval. The project now may be rebid.
The town would pay off the project through extra taxes of as much as $800 a year on the island property owners. Some property owners say it is too expensive; Ciolko warned the price would go higher if the state does not allow some variances.