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$1.93 million worth of improvements needed for Skaneateles water system

A map of the village water system highlighting the proposed improvements.

A map of the village water system highlighting the proposed improvements.

The municipal board adopted a resolution to recommend that the village take on this project as soon as possible and hopefully complete this year. At the suggestion of board member Dana Hall, they added to their resolution that the work should be: “well underway by the start of summer.”

The $1.93 million project would include four basic improvements. A new 12-inch diameter water main would be installed on East Street, two new eight-inch pipes on East Lake Street and adding a new tie in to the main line from the pump station that runs along Jordan Street.

The new pipes will be wider in diameter than the current ones, creating the ability for more water to pass through at once, thus increasing pressure.

The new and improved village water system would meet the Insurance Services Office standards for water pressure: an average pressure of at least 35 pounds-per-square-inch and never dipping below 20, according to the GHD report.

Lotkowictz called this project “asset management,” and said that upgrading the village infrastructure and utilities is a continuous process. “We’ve been working to get everything up to 21st century technology standards and village water is the final piece,” he said.

The GHD report also calls for replacement of four-inch pipes throughout the village, though those can be handled on an ongoing basis by the village department of public works, Lotkowictz said.

With the municipal board’s recommendation official the project proposal will now go before the village board of trustees.

In addition to approving the project and sending out a bid for a contract to do the work, the board will also have the responsibility of figuring out how to pay for it, mayor Marty Hubbard said.

They may discuss the possibility of splitting the project into pieces to be done over the next few years rather than doing it all at once. They also will have to decide whether to pay for the project with a long-term bond for the full amount, or to pay for some of the cost with reserve money, Hubbard said.

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