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April 7, 2014

Grant needed for water district

CHAMPLAIN — The Town of Champlain is awaiting word on a $2 million state grant that would enable officials to move forward with plans to create a new water district.

“It’s a very much needed project,” said Champlain Town Supervisor Larry Barcomb. “We’re looking for a definitive answer by late spring at the latest for the (water) grant money. We really need that before we go forward with the project.”

District 6 would encompass all existing districts and expand the system from the Interstate 87 interchange on Route 11 as far east as the Village of Rouses Point.

It would also include the east end of South Street, East Service Road and West Service Road.

A joint venture with the Village of Champlain, the project would upgrade village facilities and add two elevated water-storage tanks that would help eliminate a continual issue with water pressure and a treatment system.

The new district would be supplied by village water and treated at its water plant.

The grant application was submitted before the February deadline, Barcomb said.

The project would cost about $13.4 million. If the grant is secured, the town would get a bond for the other $11.4 million and pay it off over 30 years, Barcomb said.

But if the town isn’t awarded the full $2 million, they will have to restructure the project, he said.

ESTIMATED RATE

If the grant is approved, the town will have to work with the village to determine what to charge town residents for the service.

But those costs would have to be kept relatively low, Barcomb said.

“We have to charge a reasonable rate so the (state) Comptroller’s Office will approve it.”

The annual rate per household is estimated at $816. 

OTHER ACTION

Also, at a recent Champlain Town Council session:

COOLER COURT: A new air-conditioning system is being installed in the courtroom at the Champlain Town Office Complex. It will be paid for by a $7,237 grant that Town Justice John “Jack” Favreau secured from the Unified Court System. The work should be finished in about a month, Barcomb said.

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