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July 27, 2013

Lake Placid awards $3 million sewer project

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Village Board has awarded the contract for its sewer-trunk-line project.

The work will be completed in two parts by Kubricky Construction Corp., based in Wilton.

“The bid involves two projects that are intertwined with each other,” Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall said.

“Part A is to complete dam removal at Power Pond Dam and subsequent Chubb River restoration. The abutments of the dam will remain there, and an apron will be placed below the water. The contract amount of $767,680 was awarded for that part of the project. 

“Part B is installation and replacement of the trunk sewer line with the addition of one new line for $2,234,254.50,” Randall said. 

The firm was low bidder among nine bids received for Part B, he said.

The project bid was reviewed by engineers before it was awarded.

MORE EFFICIENT

The total, just over $3 million, is substantially lower than initial project cost estimates.

But that is because the project was made more efficient.

“Four years ago, when I first came into office, we were estimating the project at $4.2 million,” Randall said.

“With the removal of the dam, we were able to relocate the sewer line in a way that made it more cost effective for the village,” he said. 

“The trunk sewer line is being relocated to the side of the river at a higher elevation. It will cross the river in protected shields in a straight line through the Power Pond area and straight into the wastewater treatment plant. 

“Dam removal makes a much less complicated project for the village.”

CONSENT ORDER

The dam removal and Chubb River restoration portion of the project earned funding through the Environmental Facilities Corp.’s Green Innovation Grant Program, the mayor said.

“That is federal money coming through the state, providing a little over $1 million. It means the net cost to sewer users is about half what we originally expected it could be.”

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