MALONE — The Town of Malone is planning to install a sewer line along Route 11.
Tim Burley, an engineer with C2AE in Canton, which is overseeing the project, will send specifications to interested parties that request them, and bids are being accepted until Wednesday, July 10.
Bids will be opened that day at the Town Office at Malone Dufort Airport.
The project is the long-awaited fix to a problem that released raw sewage into wetlands in front of Kinney Drugs on Route 11 in July 2009.
A waste-water system with clay piping used at the former Franklin County Poor House on Route 11B was being utilized by businesses along Route 11 to the north, but it deteriorated over the years, forcing raw sewage to the surface.
The State Department of Environmental Conservation ordered the businesses to stop using the old clay system and find a different solution or face hefty fines.
The businesses include Cedar Commons Plaza, Aldi’s Plaza, Bailey Motor Company, NBT Bank, Auto Zone and Kinney Drugs.
Each will pay user fees to pay off the cost of construction.
The town agreed to issue a low-interest bond for the $357,000 project to hook the businesses into the Village of Malone’s waste-water-treatment system. The town learned last week that the North Country Regional Economic Development Council is contributing $72,000 toward the cost of the project.
The village and town had entered into an inter-municipal agreement to allow the new sewer tap to be added to the existing disposal system.
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