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Village commits $1.6 million to water upgrades

LAKE GEORGE - Village of Lake George officials have approved a resolution borrowing $1.6 million to improve the municipality's water service to the residents of the town of Lake George. The Village's water system services several areas outside the village.

Slated to begin in the fall of 2010, the improvements will include the installation of two new water mains serving residents and businesses south of the village and on the east side of the lake as well.

The new 16-inch mains will replace two 30-year-old 12-inch mains that have been troublesome over the past several years, Village Mayor Robert Blais said. The large mains will increase the volume and pressure of water delivered to the east-side customers, particularly those at higher elevations., he said.

The first phase of construction is to occur along Beach Road to the intersection of Route 9L and end near the American Legion Post. This will complete a loop towards the village line on state Rte. 9, increase fire flows and allow the state to install a fire sprinkler system at Million Dollar Beach.

The second phase of the improvement project will include the installation of another new main from the Village line on Route 9 to Birch Avenue in the Town of Lake George. Both lines have experienced several water breaks over the past several years, particularly during the winter frost.

For three years, Village officials have planned for those improvements and have built into the water rent increase the debt service, Blais said. They also have tried to coordinate the construction with the new work planned for Beach Road by Warren County which presently is slated to begin in spring 2011, Blais said.

It is anticipated that all the work will be completed before spring 2011 and traffic will be maintained through the process. The system is being designed by Barton and Loguidice Engineers of Albany. Bids are expected to be opened in August and work slated to begin in October.

Advertising the project for bid ahead of the road reconstruction project is expected to bring lower bids, boost opportunities for local contractors and minimize delays, Blais said.

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