Water line estimates lower than expected

S ome faulty waterlines in the village may soon seem some necessary repairs.
A water line spanning the Poultney Street Bridge and a second running along Buckley Road are in need of repair and the village may receive state funding to see that they are.
The initial estimate for the waterline issues on the Poultney Street Bridge were as high as $200,000, but that number has been drastically lowered in the most recent estimate.
Public Works Supervisor Don Williams has been communicating with New York State and Harrison & Burrowes, the group currently working on the structural bridge repairs, to come up with a new waterline estimate.
The new estimate comes in at $19,500, much lower than the original estimate for this particular waterline. Some of the nearly $20,000 may be covered by the state and the rest, officials hope, can be covered by excess funds from other community projects.
“Their (The State’s) contractor said that he is 99 percent sure they will pay for the last 20 feet of the line.” Williams said.
Mayor Peter Telisky attributed the new, lower estimate to the fact that this fix will ultimately be a “rehab of the waterline, not a full replacement.”
Original estimates for the Poultney Street waterline revolved around the notion that the entire pipe would need to be repaired. But that may not be necessary, officials claimed.
Telisky said that in the instance of the Poultney Street waterline, the pipes themselves are not the problem, but some of the supports and other fixtures are causing the issues.
“This isn’t about the pipes, the pipes are fine.” Telisky explained, “We need to put new gaskets and hangers on the pipes.”
Officials also said that it is cost-effective and generally helpful that the company, Harrison & Burrowes, is already working on the bridge for other repairs.
The village was originally working on coming up with the pricing for this project through an engineer, but that process was taking substantially longer than planned. Ultimately, the village decided to consult the state to figure out a price.
Telisky hopes that any costs that are not covered by the state can be paid for by money that the village has for ‘environmental facilities.’ He said that fund currently has about $71,000 left and it is just a matter of if the village can put that money toward this particular project.
On the other hand, the Buckley Road waterline is a much more expensive project than its Poultney Street counterpart. Luckily for the village, it has already received considerably more monetary support from the state and federal government for this line than it has on the Poultney Street waterline.
Much of the support for the Buckley Road project has come from Senator Betty Little who was able to secure $100,000 as a part of the State and Municipal Facilities Capital Program.
Telisky believes that the money from the State and Municipal Facilities Capital Program can be used under the Dormitory Authority to renovate the waterline, because this waterline runs to Whitehall’s school buildings.
“Senator Little has been great for us in this whole process,” Telisky added.

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