The Schoolview Drive water project moved forward last Wednesday (March 27) when the town board approved the opening of bids on the project.
Advertisements for bids on the project will go out once the Erie County Water Authority and Health Department give final approval to the project. That should happen ”imminently,” said town engineer Mark Cavacolli.
“The ideal situation is to go out for bids as soon as we can because the market is more competitive in April,” he said. “We think that in two to three weeks we’d be able to advertise for bids.”
The project involves the replacement of the current water line running along Schoolview Drive with 4,265 lineal feet of eight inch waterline. The project will also include the construction of four interconnections, as the waterline will connect to lines the Erie County Water Authority maintains. Hydrants and a flow control valve chamber will also be installed.
The cost of the construction has changed from original estimates, Cavacolli said, because the county has decided not to replace the waterline they own on Schoolview Drive. Residents will pay the same amount, .11 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, despite the increase in construction costs.
“The costs to the residents will not change,” he said, “it’s only the cost of constructing the waterlines.”
Several factors play into the rise in construction costs, Cavacolli said. Two additional interconnections are now needed to tie into the county line, as well as an “additional road cut.”
A change in the piping used to construct the waterline has also increased the cost. Instead of the PVC piping originally slated to be used, the town will need to use ductal iron pipes for part of the line. The change is based on a survey done after the county decided not to replace the line it owns.
“It’s a requirement of the water authority and because of the closeness to the road bed,” Cavacolli said.
Different fill will have to be used with the iron pipes, which also increases the cost, he said.
Construction on the project should start sometime in June after school lets out and will take approximately three weeks to complete.
In other board news:
• The board approved electrical work on Town Hall. The electrical circuits in the building date back to the 1930s when it served as a school.
“A lot of things have happened, particularly over the last 10 years having to do with computers and other software,” said Supervisor Glenn Nellis, “and we still have the same old electrical wiring. The result is that we have burned out a couple of computer terminals and it’s not unusual for us to have brownouts.”
• Approved the construction of four dugouts on Swartz Field pending review by the town attorney and the town code enforcement officer. The baseball diamonds are on town land, but the work will be completed and paid for by the Eden Athletic Association.
• Approved the hiring of summer seasonal employees for the recreation department.
• The town is holding a scrap metal and tire drop-off day at the Eden Highway Department on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.