By Timothy Chipp
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.”
In addition, the village intends to locate and repair its sewer lateral on Mohawk Street near West Lane, replace the water line on Guard Street and replace a portion of an eight-inch sanitary sewer line on East Lane.
The East Lane work, Collesano said, is expected to include some help from the Town of Lewiston. What also may be available is some New York Power Authority Relicensing Agreement money, should the town choose to assist the village financially.
Collesano said he’d take any money the town decides to provide and would bond the rest of the work to fund it.
Town Supervisor Steve Reiter said the town has had discussions about funding part of the village’s efforts, but hasn’t made a decision yet.
“We talked about it, but we haven’t determined if we even can,” Reiter said. “We’re not sure because we have some road repairs and bonding ourselves. But we also offered shared services to help them out, too.”
In other village news, an Earth Day cleanup has been scheduled at 9 a.m. April 27. Those interested in assisting in cleaning up the village in honor of Earth Day will meet at the Red Brick School, 140 N. Fourth St., Lewiston.
Refreshments will be provided.Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.