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2018-06-14 / Front Page

Meeting set for June 25 on Route 20A waterline replacement project


Residents with any questions about the reconstruction of the Route 20A waterline will have an opportunity to talk to the contractor and engineering firm at a meeting being held by village officials.

Representatives from the village, E&R Construction and Nussbaumer & Clarke, will address residents at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 25, in the courtroom of the Municipal Center, Mayor Jo Ann Litwin Clinton announced during Monday’s Village Board meeting.

Deputy Mayor Matthew Hartung said that during a pre-construction meeting with E&R Construction on June 6, the contractor submitted a schedule to do both ends of the project this year.

In April, when the $1.5 million contract was awarded for the phased project, it was said the work would be done during this summer and next.

“They’re anticipated to mobilize on June 18 and 19, and they would like to start construction on June 20,” Hartung said. “That is dependent on that the New York State Department of Transportation permit comes in on time. Depending on the weather and DOT permit, we should start construction very shortly on the waterline.”

The project would begin on Carrow Street and work its way down Route 20A in the village. Most of the construction will take place on the north side of Route 20A.

Not being fully reconstructed since 1940, the new waterline will have 63,000 lineal feet of 8- and 12-inch pipe, which will eliminate the constant breaks to the line.

While the construction will cause an inconvenience to village residents, including changing the normal route of the Fourth of July parade, Litwin Clinton insisted that reconstruction is long overdue.

“If you saw the waterline, and you might be able to see pieces of it next week if Mike [village Department of Public Works Director Michael Murphy] can find them, you’ll understand why it had to be replaced,” she said. “This will make things much better in the village waterwise.”

In another matter, the village is sending out one more notice to 22 residences and businesses to install a new water meter.

“We’ve been in the process since January of replacing all the water meters in the village,” Litwin Clinton said. “We do have a handful of people that were not responding to the numerous letters that went out. They’ve been door-tagged and called if we had phone numbers.”

The further action includes those who haven’t responded being notified one final time by registered mail to contact the village to set up a time for the meter replacement. If there is no response after 30 days, the water service will be terminated and a $50 administrative fee will be incurred by the property owner. The property owner will also be responsible for the restoration fee, should the service be restored.

Hartung said the village will be replacing some of the meters automatically for residences and businesses in the village even if it doesn’t hear from someone.

The next meeting of the Village Board will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 25, in Village Hall, 4295 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.

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