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Lafarge agrees to pay for Lockport waterline study

LOCKPORT – The Common Council on Wednesday approved an agreement with Lafarge North America, which agreed to pay for an engineering study on the condition of the city’s water supply line from the Niagara River.

The 110-year-old, 36-inch-diameter underground pipe runs past the Lafarge stone quarry, which the company wants to expand by excavating 9 acres on Hinman Road within the city limits.

However, Lafarge needs a city special-use permit. The Council has set it aside until it is convinced that the blasting at the quarry won’t damage the waterline.

“We are making no decision or commitment at this time which way we’re going on the special-use permit,” Corporation Counsel John J. Ottaviano said.

The agreement calls for Lafarge to put $36,700 into escrow to reimburse the city for the study by the city’s choice, GHD Consulting Services.

Earlier this year, Lafarge issued a report by Greystone Engineering of Saratoga Springs, which concluded that the pipe would not be endangered by the blasting in the enlarged quarry.

“We want the city to be comfortable with what we’re doing,” said Perry A. Galdenzi, Lafarge project manager. The GHD study should begin shortly and take a couple of weeks, Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey said.

The Council also hired Yarussi Construction of Niagara Falls to replace a water main on South New York Street for $127,000, to be paid through a bond issue. GHD will be paid $16,000 for consulting services for the project.

The aldermen also decided to borrow another $90,000 after learning that a repair project at the sewage-treatment plant would be more extensive than expected. That brings the total cost of the contract with STC Construction of Springville to $279,200.

Kandey Co., of West Seneca, will be paid $36,000 instead of $18,000 for a Market Street sewer line cleaning contract, after that work also proved more extensive than expected. Granzow Construction, of Gasport, was awarded a $34,879 contract to repair the roofs of the main building in Altro Park and a storage building in Outwater Park.