CVCS voters pass water proposition

SINCLAIRVILLE – By more than a 10 to 1 margin, voters in the Cassadaga Valley Central School District approved a proposition allowing the Board of Education to undertake a water project.

The final tally was 146 for the proposition and 14 against. The voters used the optical scanning machines from the Board of Elections.

Board of education president David Christy said, “I am very happy that the district realized the importance of this (the proposition) and voted to proceed with the project.

The proposition noted that the existing water line that serves the district has been susceptible to breakdowns that have created water supply interruptions. The board of education had stressed this at its meetings, noting interruptions were both a safety hazard and a health hazard.

The project calls for acquisition, for $25,000, of an easement over parcels of property adjacent to the middle/high school; acquisition for $7,000 of a temporary 50-foot utility line easement and a permanent ten-foot easement in a separate piece of property; implementation of a storm water management system on the campus, installation and connection of a new water line to replace the existing one; and related site work, drainage work, connection work and general water management and delivery system improvements.

The project plan was prepared with the assistance of Clark Patterson Lee. The maximum estimated cost is $1.5 million, which includes the easements. The district expects that aid from New York State Building Aid (including EXCEL aid) will offset a substantial part of the costs.

At the board of education meeting in February Superintendent Scott Smith estimated that funding would pay for over 95 percent of the cost.

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