Hamlet’s sewers going to bid

Officials have agreed to seek bids to construct a sewer system costing up to $4.5 million in the ham
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Officials have agreed to seek bids to construct a sewer system costing up to $4.5 million in the hamlet area.

The Central Bridge Sewer District Board on Thursday authorized John M. McDonald Engineering of Schenectady to advertise for contractors, board Co-Chairman Martin Shrederis said Friday.

Engineers have been revising designs over the past few months, after voters in the Schoharie portion of the district several times rejected raising the construction cap to $6.8 million.

Advertisements for bidders are expected to be published this month, with cost proposals expected in March for likely board action in early April, according to Shrederis.

The plans must also be reviewed by various state and federal funding agencies.

“If everything goes right we should start construction in June,” said Doug Cole, a project engineer for McDonald.

The system, to include a treatment plant able to handle 60,000 gallons per day, is expected to be completed by the fall of 2009.

The original design was to build a larger plant capable of treating 100,000 gallons per day, Cole said.

The current design is expected to serve about 260 homes or businesses. Annual cost to users is expected to be $544 per unit, billed quarterly. Earlier designs projected to serve 377 units for about $498 per year.

One-time hookup costs would be additional.

About 60 percent of the construction cost will be paid by federal and state grants. The remainder will be financed through 30-year, no-interest loans, according to officials.

The project has been proposed for more than 10 years to correct sewage pollution problems from failing private septic systems and poor drainage.

The latest designs approved this week followed recommendations of a citizens committee last fall, according to Cole, a project engineer for McDonald. Bidders will have the option of four alternatives, in addition to the core central hamlet area, he said Friday.

“We incorporated all of the alternatives recommended,” Cole said.

Optional service areas could extend farther up Pine Hill Road, North Main and Church streets, as well as adding the end of Pleasant View Drive.

Alternatives also include options to build the approximately 729-square-foot treatment plant from concrete, instead of lower-cost metal. The two 30,000-gallon tanks could be constructed out of steel or concrete, Cole said.

“If the total bids come in less than $4.5 million, then we could do some of the alternatives,” said Shrederis, the Schoharie town supervisor who co-chairs the Central Bridge Water and Sewer Boards with Esperance Supervisor Earl Van Wormer III.

A larger project was approved by district voters in Esperance and Schoharie in 2004, but by the time bids for construction came in March 15, 2005, the estimated cost had risen to $6.6 million.

Voters in both towns rejected raising the authorized cost in 2006, but Esperance voters approved the originally planned project with a $6.8 million cap in June 2007.

The latest bids opened on April 4, 2007 totaled $6.8 million, according to Cole.

Low bidders at that time were Kingsley Arms Inc. of Schaghticoke to build the collection piping system and W.M. Schultz Construction of Ballston Spa for the treatment plant.

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