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Sewers a go in Liverpool

When the village of Liverpool board of trustees decided to replace the village's existing sewer system two years ago, it knew the project had to proceed without sacrificing the tree-lined landscape Liverpool prides itself on.

Now with plans for the first stage complete, Liverpool is embarking on a venture to replace a sewer system that dates back to 1831 in some areas while not disturbing the multitude of trees along Tulip and Oswego Streets. It's a task that has forced the village board and engineers to be creative while ensuring the $2.6-million project successfully repairs sewer lines that have caused increasing problems in recent years.

Clough Harbor and Associates presented its final plans for the funding and execution of the sewer improvements project along Tulip and Oswego Streets to the village board of trustees on Monday night at village hall. The plans call for the restructuring of current sewer system on Tulip Street into a single line and the sealing of the existing pipes on Oswego Street with a felt and resin mixture.

The construction cost estimate alone is $1.57 million, and Liverpool has taken out a $2.6-million, 30-year bond to cover the improvements on Tulip and Oswego Streets. The $1.57-million estimate is approximately $400,000 lower than the original estimate the board of trustees received. The streets are two of the main roads through the village of Liverpool.

"We're trying to get the worst ones done first," Liverpool Mayor Marlene Ward said. "It's going to take a long time to fix the whole village."

The board approved an application to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, a state service that provides low-interest rate financing for projects dealing with water pollution. If the state accepts Liverpool's application, CWSRF would subsidize half of the interest on the village's loan.

Interest on the loan currently stands at 4.667 percent, but Liverpool would pay only 2.33 percent should the project be subsidized by the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. With interest compiling over 30 years on a million-dollar bond, Liverpool could save thousands of dollars if the village receives help from CWSRF.

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