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Saranac Lake water project enters final season

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Chris Lawton, of Barton & Loguidice, updates members of the Saranac Lake Village Board about the water project Monday, June 11 at the village offices.

Chris Lawton, of Barton & Loguidice, updates members of the Saranac Lake Village Board about the water project Monday, June 11 at the village offices. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The Saranac Lake water project is about 95 percent complete, according to Chris Lawton of Barton & Loguidice, who updated Village Board members about the project Monday, June 11, at their regular meeting.

“It will probably be August or September before we really start flowing water,” Lawton said.

“Why so long?” asked Trustee Tom Catillaz.

This is a system that’s never been used before, Lawton said, and it will take some time to, “work all the bugs out,” and make sure water is flowing correctly before putting it into service. Water will be sent to the tank before putting it into the main system, and there may be periods when wastewater treatment plant operator Kevin Pratt flushes the system.

“It’s gone in one direction for 100 years, and we’re going to try to slowly bleed it from the other direction,” Lawton said. “So I would say expect a couple of months. If it’s sooner, that would be great, but I don’t want everyone to think that it’s just going to be a switch that all of a sudden it’s on.”

After the meeting, Lawton and Village Manager John Sweeney announced that there will be road delays on several streets over the next week in order for the village to connect the water pipes from three village roads to adjoining state highways. They are: McClelland Street, at the intersection of Broadway (Route 86); Route 3 near Pine Street; and St. Bernard’s Street, on both ends — Church Street (Routes 3/86) and River Street (Route 3).

Lawton also updated the Village Board on the water meter project, which is almost complete. Thirteen additional large commercial meters will be purchased and installed at places such as the hospital this summer.

That will help the village expend the $1 million for the water meter project, funded through the Green Innovative Grant Program. The village is required to contribute a 10 percent match for the grant and is expected to spend about $135,000, while the grant pays for almost $965,000, with the total project costing $1.1 million.

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