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Port Kent Water District project on time and budget

Work continues on the Port Kent Water District plant. The district work should be completed on time, according to Chesterfield town officials.

Work continues on the Port Kent Water District plant. The district work should be completed on time, according to Chesterfield town officials. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— They are two phrases that anyone working on a project want to hear - that it is on time and under budget.

Such is the case with the Port Kent Water District project in the town of Chesterfield, according to supervisor Gerald Morrow.

“The project is on schedule,” Morrow told members of the Chesterfield town board at its regular meeting Aug. 2. “This is an $8.1 million project, and it looks like we are going to have about $300,000 left over.”

Morrow said that he is hopeful that the left-over funds will be used to work on improving the water pressure quality in some areas of the district by looping lines that currently have dead ends.

“I would like to see that money used in Port Kent to improve the system,” Morrow said. “We want to have all the lines looped so there are no dead ends and the water pressure is good throughout. AES is working with us on the cost for the pipe and to see if we can get this done.”

Morrow also briefly touched on the July 18 accident that claimed the life of 46-year-old Michael B. Loyer of South Burlington, Vt., who was killed when he was pinned down by an auger while working for Trenchless Technologies of New England, a subcontractor on the water district project for Steven E. Fuller Excavation out of Keeseville.

“I am sure that you all heard about the tragedy we had down there,” Morrow said when discussion on the project began. “It’s a shame - terrible.”

Morrow said that work was halted on the site for a week while investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and State Police looked into the accident.

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