If all goes according to plan, sewer lines along four city streets will either be replaced or repaired by the end of this summer. The Common Council approved a $545,000 bid for the work by F.P. Kane Construction Inc. at last Tuesday’s meeting. The firm was found to be the “lowest responsible bidder” and also received the recommendation of the city-contracted consultants McDonald Engineering.
According to City Engineer Rich Miller, work will take place on Sloane Avenue, Clark Avenue, Smith Avenue and Cochrane Avenue and could begin as early as June. However Miller said the exact schedule will be figured out once F.P. Kane signs the city contracts and pre-construction meetings are held. The project is also contingent on approval by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.
The work is part of a larger $5 million project to upgrade the city’s waste-water pump stations and sewer lines which is being funded by a $1.25 million grant and a $3.75 million interest-free loan, both from New York State. Miller said the work will hopefully fix the ongoing leak of wastewater into the Chuctanunda Creek near Forest Avenue.