BROCTON - Village of Brocton leaders officially voted to move ahead with a major water distribution line replacement at their recent meeting. By motion of a resolution to allow the project's engineer, Rex Tolman, of Tolman Engineering, to prepare bid specifications for the project, the board of trustees gave the green light to the estimated $1.5 million project.
Mayor Dave Hazelton noted prior to the vote, "We've had a recent conference call with Mr. Tolman and our representative from Municipal Solutions and I think it's time we move forward on this water line portion of the project to get the line out of the creek bed and out of the center of Old Mill Street."
The projected route of the project will start at the water plant itself and traverse down to Route 20 in the village.
Estimates put the project's short term financing through Environmental Facilities Corporation interest rate at 0.35 percent and a 30-year payoff at 3 percent rate according to Municipal Solutions, the project's financial advisor.
Water customers in the village will benefit most, according to the mayor, because the nearly 100-year-old water line scheduled to be replaced is a main feed line from the village's water plant. During the August 2013 flood of Slippery Rock Creek in the town of Portland, the mayor explained part of that line was exposed because of the rapid movement of water. The FEMA-funded repair project, post flood, reburied the line. In the event of another break or emergency, Hazelton noted, it would prevent the entire roadway from being closed down in order to make repairs.
The route of the project is expected to start at the plant itself, down Ellicott Road and Route 380 and down Mill Street to Route 20.
Tolman and the board are anticipating a good bid season as the project nears, noting some contractors are already actively seeking work.
"Originally the project was estimated at $1.5 million and it could fluctuate depending on the prices we get back. We've been waiting three years on this for the regional system to take off so we're hoping for the best in order to get some competitive pricing back," Hazelton said.