BATAVIA – The Batavia Town Board on Wednesday night voted to establish a “joint activity fund” with the towns of Oakfield and Elba for construction and financing of the Townline Water Project and authorized Supervisor Gregory H. Post to open a dedicated checking account on behalf of the respective towns.
The project calls for the installation of new 8-inch- and 12-inch-diameter water mains – totaling 104,700 linear feet – along 11 roads in the three towns. Construction is expected to begin by the end of this month, weather permitting, and be completed in October.
“We’re at the next step of what is actually a five-year project because it has taken that long to get all of our ducks in a row,” Post said.
“There definitely has been a lot of collaboration among the three towns, and the town of Stafford has been involved as well.”
Contracts to install the waterlines have been awarded to Sergi Construction of East Aurora and Visone Construction of Depew.
In a letter to property owners in the water districts affected by the $5.5 million project, Town Engineer Steven J. Mountain stated that the two-contract approach enabled the town to obtain the best price and to ensure that the work would be done as quickly as possible.
Sergi Construction crews are being assigned to install waterlines along Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road, Hutton Road, Lewiston Road, Fisher Road, Pekin Road and the Batavia-Elba Townline Road west of Pekin Road.
Visone Construction crews will be working along Batavia-Elba Townline Road east of Pekin Road, Oak Orchard Road, State Street Road, Bank Street Road, Norton Road and Batavia-Stafford Townline Road.
The town of Batavia is coordinating construction and will oversee the long-term operation and maintenance of the water system serving these districts.
Mountain’s letter stated that the work will be divided into four steps – main line installation, testing, service line installations and final restoration.
Upon completion, homeowners will be able to submit a water service application – at no charge – to the town of Batavia before their connection can be made.
Those choosing to connect to the public water system have the options of discontinuing the use of their wells, reconfiguring their internal plumbing so that public water and well water do not mix or installing an approved backflow device on the service line to their residence.
In other action, the board:
• Approved Local Law No. 2 to amend the town’s zoning map to reflect the change in designation of a 20-acre parcel of land on Wortendyke Road, near Route 5 on the town’s west end, from Mobile Home Park District to Agricultural-Residential District.
The board voted following a public hearing on the issue. Town officials said landowner Cory Paris has a residence on the property, which borders a mobile home park, and has no intention to develop the land for commercial purposes.
• Authorized the purchase of a 2015 Ford F250 pickup truck on state contract for the highway department at a cost of $26,881 from Van Bortel Ford, East Rochester, and sell a 2013 Ford F250 pickup truck at auction.