By JOE LoTEMPLIO
---- — CHAMPLAIN — Town of Champlain residents will hear all about a proposed water district at a public hearing tonight.
“We hope all unanswered questions can get answered,” Town Supervisor Larry Barcomb said.
The hearing on the establishment of Water District No. 6 is set for 7 p.m. at the Town Offices, 729 Route 9.
The town, in conjunction with the Village of Champlain, is proposing project costing no more than $13.4 million that would install water service on Route 11 east toward Rouses Point, East Service Road and West Service Road.
Barcomb said enhanced water service would aid the commercial district along the two service roads, which run on either side of Interstate 87 as it approaches the Quebec border, and also bring public water to some Route 11 residents and businesses.
“We have had people approach us about locating there (the service roads), and when they find out there is no water and sewer they walk away,” Barcomb said.
The project would include a new water tower on West Service Road and enhancements to the existing tower in the village.
The improvements would help boost pressure in the existing water lines, Barcomb explained.
“It’s quite a complicated and lengthy process, but it will provide service where we need it, and it will improve the pressure a lot, and that’s what people like.”
The increased water pressure would also aid the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Port of Entry on Interstate 87.
Northeastern Clinton Central School would also see increased water pressure, which would allow the facility to decommission the booster pumps required to maintain a safe water pressure.
The town has applied for state and federal grants for the project and hopes to hear soon whether it will receive them.
Barcomb said the town will also apply for zero percent interest loans for 30 years from the state’s Drinking Water Revolving Fund.
“We believe we’ve met all the parameters for the grants and loans.”
User fees for the system have yet to be finalized, he said, but according to the engineer’s report, yearly fees for typical properties in the new district would be about $816.
The project has been on the drawing board for several years. The plan at one time included the Village of Rouses Point, but that community has since opted out.
ENGINEER ON HAND
On hand at the public hearing will be the engineer for the project, Bernier, Carr Associates of Watertown, as well as the Town Council.
“We’ve been talking about this for a while now, and I think it’s time to get this done,” Barcomb said.
If all goes well, he said, work on the project could begin in 2014.
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