Village of Liverpool: Excavation starts soon

Nearly three dozen village residents turned out Monday April 16 for a public-information session conducted by the village board of trustees regarding the Liverpool sanitary sewer improvement project. Most of the 78-year-old sewer mains along Oswego and Tulip streets will be replaced. Mains on both sides of Oswego Street between Fifth and Sixth streets will have the interiors of existing pipes lined. Work starts on Tulip Street this month, and by early-June work should begin on Oswego Street. The project should be completed by late October.

$1.1 million project

Excavation could start as early as April 18, said Charles Duncan Jr., a superintendent for Adhan Piping Co. of Cortland, which will do the work at cost of $1.1 million. The village government bonded for $2.5 million, but Adhan came in with a low bid less than half that amount. Village property owners are being levied about $150 per unit annually to pay off the debt service on the $2.5 million bond which could run up to 30 years.

Duncan and Rich DeGuida, a representative from the municipal engineering firm of Clough Harbour & Associates which is overseeing the sewer work, answered dozens of questions Monday from the attending residents, almost all of whom live on either Tulip or Oswego streets.

Trees a concern

Much discussion focused on how the digging of 14-foot-deep trenches may affect nearby trees. Trustee Nick Kochan noted that a professional arborist has already surveyed the streets' trees and has marked in white those which may be threatened by the project.

"If people say they want to save a particular tree, we'll work with you to try to make that happen," Kochan said, but at least some of the trees will have to come down. "We have to have a practical decision-making process," he said, urging residents to inform the village as soon as possible if they are concerned about certain trees in their neighborhoods.

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