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Lysander: Officials break ground at Whispering Oaks

(From left) Assemblyman Will Barclay, Onondaga County Legislator Rich Lesniak, Lysander Supervisor Barry Bullis, NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation President Matt Driscoll, Deputy County Executive Matt Millea and Town Engineer Ken Knutsen are pictured during the ground breaking of Whispering Oaks Sewer Improvement Project held Sept. 30 at the development along Route 370 in Lysander.

(From left) Assemblyman Will Barclay, Onondaga County Legislator Rich Lesniak, Lysander Supervisor Barry Bullis, NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation President Matt Driscoll, Deputy County Executive Matt Millea and Town Engineer Ken Knutsen are pictured during the ground breaking of Whispering Oaks Sewer Improvement Project held Sept. 30 at the development along Route 370 in Lysander.

— The Town of Lysander has begun construction of the Whispering Oaks Sewer Improvement project.

The project consists of renovations and upgrades to an existing pumping station, abandonment of an existing septic leach field and the construction of approximately 9,700 linear feet of six-inch sewer force main including low-pressure service lateral kits.

“This project has come to fruition as the result of a positive working relationship between the town, Onondaga County, the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation and the New York State DEC,” said Supervisor Barry Bullis. “I would like to thank County Executive Mahoney, EFC President Matt Driscoll and DEC Regional Director Ken Lynch for their help in making this project a reality.”

The project will enable the abandonment of a failed community septic system by connecting the sub-divisions collector sewers directly to the Onondaga County system. It will also benefit the environment by providing sewer service to existing homes and businesses along the route of the force main, which will enable the elimination of numerous individual septic systems.

“Much work has been done to get to the point of starting the construction and correcting this situation,” said County Executive Joan Mahoney. “Thank you to Barry Bullis for his patience and persistence as well as the EFC and DEC for their much needed assistance; it was truly a team effort.”

The total project cost of $1.8 million is being offset by a $1.24 million DEC Water Quality Improvement Project Grant. Short term financing is being provided through a no interest loan from the Environmental Facilities Corporation.

“With our strong, Triple-A credit rating, EFC gives local governments a more-affordable way to improve their clean water systems, which are vital to economic development and overall quality of life,” Driscoll said.

The project is expected to be completed by May of next year.

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