Main part of Pomfret water district’s first phase said complete

The main part of Phase I in the town of Pomfret’s North End Water District project is 100 percent complete, as of Nov. 1.

During Wednesday’s Pomfret Town Board meeting, Wendel engineers Robert Klavoon and Lauren Glose provided an update on the water district’s progress, citing how all Phase I water lines are now in the ground, with a majority of them already tested.

“Also, 102 fire hydrants have been installed and all five connections have been made to the village lines,” Glose said. “All five of the meter pits have been fully installed and are fully functional. Rock, again, was not a major issue and extra costs, as a result, were not incurred.”

Klavoon said regarding the bond authorization of $4.935 million for the project, a little over $4 million was available for construction.

“If you do the math and you look at what we have for funds available for construction, minus our expenses to-date, plus our available quantities, we have a contingency available of about $209,000,” he said.

The remaining contingency funds will be spent on the pump station for Webster, Rood and Chautauqua roads, which has an estimated total cost of about $96,000 (including a 10 percent contingency).

In anticipation of Chadwick Bay’s Northern Chautauqua County Regional Water District project, $27,000 will also be spent extending a water line 150 feet farther west underneath the creek to get it right up to the border with the town of Portland. That still leaves $86,000 in contingency funds.

Klavoon said the engineering plans for the pump station have been submitted to the New York State Department of Health, which will “expedite” its approval.

Instead of needing to secure an easement from William H. Lesch, the Pomfret resident whose land the pump station would be located on, Lesch donated the necessary land to the town, according to the engineers. Therefore, an easement from him is no longer necessary. The town approved a resolution to buy the land for $1.

Pomfret has already approved the pump station, but the village of Fredonia still has yet to accept it on their end. Fredonia must be involved in the process since the pump station would result in an alteration in the water district contract between the village and the town.

“I did forward the plans and engineering report to (the village attorney), as requested by the village, so they have a copy of that, as well,” Klavoon said.

The pump station was thought up as a solution to address the low water pressure in about 30 homes in the Webster Road area. Klavoon and the town board are hoping for an installation by Jan. 1.

Also during the meeting, the town board approved a resolution to enter into a contract with Wendel to move forward with Phase II of the water district project and to begin preliminary analyses and estimates. The cost of the contract is $20,900, which will come out of the total fund balance of the water district.

“The way we’ve set this up is very similar to the original Phase I approach that we took, regarding the public meeting and outreach, looking at different routing options, analysis, the hydraulics, and then the map plan and report and the … financing,” Klavoon said. “We’re only proposing, at this time, to move forward with … the public outreach and then evaluating the options, the financials and the hydraulics.”

A public informational meeting for Phase II is currently in the works for early to mid-December and will be announced when the date, time and location is set in stone. The purpose of the meeting will be to gauge the public’s interest in various scenarios for the location of Phase II. After then, the town board may vote to allow Wendel to move forward with writing up a hardship application, which is due in March, for the project loan.

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