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April 9, 2013

Your Town: Town of Champlain

CHAMPLAIN — A shared water-and-sewer project was among items discussed at a recent Champlain Town Council meeting.

The council approved a $5,000 engineering agreement for the Town of Champlain and Village of Champlain Shared Water Improvement Project.

The project, which has been a year in the making, may qualify for a zero-interest loan and a grant, Bernier & Carr engineer Matt Cooper said at the meeting.

Champlain Town Supervisor Larry Barcomb said on Monday that the hope is to extend public water and sewer from Northeastern Clinton Central School on Route 276 to Route 11, where it would head east to near the boundary between the town and Village of Rouses Point.

“Route 11 will not develop a lot without water and sewer,” he said.

A meeting with engineers in Watertown is scheduled for Wednesday, he said.

A new water tower would also be installed and upgrades made on the existing infrastructure.

The Village of Rouses Point will no longer be participating in the project, Barcomb said.

Cooper said he had drafted a proposal to revise the project to remove Rouses Point.

As well, water and sewer would be installed on West Service Road.

OTHER ACTION

Also at the March meeting:

Bathroom: Champlain Town Court Judge John Favreau received $1,500 in grant funding to make the Town Court bathroom, located in the Town of Champlain Office Complex, handicap accessible.

“We didn’t get the amount of money we wanted to get,” Barcomb said. “But it’s certainly helpful.”

The total cost of the bathroom will be about $7,200, he said.

He estimated the improvements should be complete within three months.

Land: The town has sold a parcel of surplus land amounting to less than an acre to Garceau Auto Sales in the Town of Champlain for $17,000. The land, in the vicinity of South Street between State Route 11 and Church Street, was assessed at $18,800.

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