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Public meeting set on plans for $2.3 million in Town of Lockport waterline work

LOCKPORT – The town will host a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday to discuss plans for more than $2.3 million worth of waterline-replacement projects slated for this year.

The session will be held in Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Road.

The waterlines to be replaced are on Purdy Road, between Stone and Ridge roads; Slayton Settlement Road, from Harrington Road to the Royalton border; Upper Mountain Road, the first 3,200 feet east of the Cambria border; Bowmiller Road, the first 3,300 feet south of Lincoln Avenue; and Leete Road, the first 1,100 feet east of Sunset Drive.

Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon said the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has required the town to carry out archeological surveys on Purdy and Upper Mountain roads before going ahead with the project.

Last week, the board awarded a $7,963 contract to Panamerican Consultants, of Buffalo, to carry out that study.

Also last week, Klavoon told the board that a series of sewer improvements have been completed and came in nearly $1 million under budget. That budget was put together two years ago and included a $300,000 contingency fund for unexpected cost increases; as it turned out, that money wasn’t touched.

The engineer said the board authorized $2.8 million in borrowing for the sewer package, but when it comes time to convert that to long-term bonds in December, the amount will be only $1.85 million.

Supervisor Mark C. Crocker said, “It’s a combination of some of the bids coming in better and some of the work didn’t get done.”

“We’ve accomplished 95 to 98 percent of what we planned to do,” Klavoon said. The only exceptions were some manholes that weren’t rehabilitated because it was found that they had been paved over or buried under concrete driveways.

The package included upgrades to three sewer pump stations, relining the inside of sewer mains and manholes, and removing roots from pipes.

“We can’t stretch the scope of the work, even though we have the money,” Klavoon said.

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