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Eden Board updates constituents on water project

EDEN — The town of Eden has taken the next step in its Consolidated Water District (Green Street Project) by approving to increase and improve the facilities of the district to an estimated maximum cost of $200,000.

The project, which seeks to improve water facilities in the Green and Depot streets area, calls for the installation of approximately 850 lineal feet of 8-inch waterline along Green Street; the abandonment of approximately 430 lineal feet of 6-inch waterline along Depot Street; the installation of interconnections, hydrants, valves and appurtenances; the reconnection of services to the new water line on Green; the transfer of services to an adjacent water line on Depot and other improvements.

“On Green, it will be the replacement of the old line with a new line, because of the number of leaks,” Mark Cavalcoli from CRA Infrastructure & Engineering said. “On Depot, there will be the abandonment of about 450 feet, but the service and the people connected to that failing line will be taken across the street, where there is a fairly new 12-inch line that was put in, during the Shadagee Road and Main Street improvement project. It’s merely abandoning the old line and connecting people under Depot to the new existing line.”

The project carries an estimated total cost of $200,000, to be financed by the issuance of a serial bond.

“That number is somewhat high, because you have to build enough contingency and, without knowing what bid prices will come in, you can’t go back and ask for more money without another public hearing,” Cavalcoli continued. “We’re hopeful that the bid prices will come in sufficiently lower, so that we will not have to spend the entire $200,000. It is important for the public to know that, of that $200,000, $100,000 is a grant from the Community Development Block Grant. So the total cost of improving the district will be $100,000 or less, depending on the bid prices.”

Cavalcoli then broke down exactly what the cost to residents will be.

“The cost to residents will include $0.10 per thousand assessed valuation for five years,” he said. “That means, for an average home estimated at $80,000 in Eden, that would amount to $8.03, per year. If the town were to pay off the bond earlier than the five years, that would take those costs down.”

Bids for the Consolidated Water District (Green Street Project) are expected to go out in early- to mid-June. The actual construction is expected to last three – four weeks. Cavalcoli further explained that the town would like to have the construction work done before the start of the Eden Corn Festival in August.

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