Niagara Gazette — LEWISTON — In the coming months, village residents can expect to see some construction work begin on some of their streets. Crews are expected to do some major work to several water and sewer lines, with an emphasis on ending some of the village’s infiltration problems.
Village Mayor Terry Collesano said plans are to perform the necessary work to bring more savings to village residents, following Monday’s adoption of lower sewer and water rates village-wide.
“Especially with the sewers, this work will fix the infiltration problems we’ve seen,” Collesano said. “This means our residents will have to pay less for sewers. But it also opens up more space at the town’s facility and allows for more growth in the town.”
Residents, beginning in July, will pay $3.49 per 100 cubic feet for water consumed and $4.59 per 100 cubic feet of water consumed for sewer, $0.06 less each for the unit measurement. The village also did away with its $5 capital water/sewer improvement surcharge, which had been assessed on each water bill.
There are five projects on the village’s docket it hopes to complete this summer, with estimates totaling near $300,000.The most expensive project is estimated to be $200,000 and would install a 12-inch water main on North Ninth Street, replacing a smaller, six-inch line already in place.
But the most important work, Collesano said, could be the installation of a 12-inch storm sewer line on North Fourth Street between Oneida Street and Chicora Road. Expected to cost $25,000, the project is meant to fix a problem area in the village, he said.
“They’re all things that need to be done,” Collesano said. “But the North Fourth Street work is probably most important. There’s flooding in that area and there’s no storm sewer there. So this will hopefully alleviate the issues.”