Wilmington water project to break ground in 2008

WILMINGTON Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston is anticipating problems with the town's $8 million planned water project, but is asking for patience from town residents. Preston said there are always unforeseen difficulties with major project such as this. The one thing I can be sure of is we're virtually going to be tearing up different sections of the entire town. I'm going to try my best to keep my people informed, said Preston. Town phase to start with spring thaw
The project is divided into two phases, one for the Wilmington District 1, which includes town users, and the other for District 2, which will serve the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area. The Wilmington part of the project has been out to bid and awarded, and the construction is going to start as soon as the weather breaks in spring, said Preston. The $3.3 million District 1 has been awarded to Lash Construction of Latham. The District 1 consists of replacing several substandard mains, including all of the mainline on Quaker Mountain Road and extending up to Manning Road, which will include a new pump station for that area. The project also includes an additional 3/4 mile main on Route 86, and one mile of main on Haselton Road. The portions were added to the project. Preston explained that it would cost an additional $650,000 from initial estimates, but felt it was the right decision for the long-term since it was unlikely the town would get another zero-interest loan. The Wilmington project will be paid for with a $2 million in grant funding, and a zero-interest loan. The project will cost Wilmington $73-$83 in debt service per $100,000 of assessed evaluation. The district serves about 450 users. Town officials plan on several methods to keep people informed when work would be going, including using the town web site and going door-to-door with notices. Whiteface project to go out to bid soon
The project will create a second district, which will serve Whiteface Mountain Ski area. The water will be used primarily for drinking, since the ski area will continue to use a gray water system. Preston said the project would go out to bid at the end of this month. The Whiteface portion of the project will cost $4.7 million. Since Whiteface Mountain is the only entity within Wilmington Water District 2, the entire costs of the project for the Whiteface portion will be covered by state, which operates the facility. Preston called it a win-win situation, with Whiteface gaining a clean water supply, while the community gained fire protection. The Whiteface project includes a 330,000 gallon tank. Preston hoped to have construction on the Wilmington part of the project completed by late fall, with the Whiteface portion finished by the end of the year. Water metering to start in town
Preston said water metering, a long-controversial issue for Wilmington, would also be started by the town. Wilmington has struggled for ten years to get a water meter system operating. Unfortunately, it's been such a huge task no one was able to move forward, said Preston. Preston said the town would consider plans to bring sections of the town online to create a more manageable approach.

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