Bonds authorized for Arkville Water District project

Staff report
A resolution authorizing nearly $1.8 million in serial bonds to pay for Arkville Water District upgrades was approved December 8 by the Middletown Town Board.
The project to expand and renovate the Arkville Water District was initiated several years ago. Last December, after a series of public meetings, the town board voted to proceed with the project.
The work has an estimated maximum cost $1,787,375. The town had initially secured grants totaling slightly more than $1.1 million to offset project costs. The grants were secured from USA Rural Development and the Governor’s Office for Small Cities.
An additional $209,000 in grant funding was secured last spring to help reduce the loan portion of the project. The remaining $475,000 will be bonded over a 40-year period and paid for by water district taxpayers.
The upgrade will include creating a new well (with the existing water supply utilized as a backup). Currently there is no backup water source.
The project will also include replacement of deteriorating water distribution mains along Route 28 and the elimination of two dead-ends in the distribution system, thus improving overall system performance. The installation of new water meters will also be included.
The project is anticipated going out to bid this winter and the work should be started in spring of 2010 and completed by spring of 2011.
The work will be performed in two phases. The first part of the construction will include creation of the new well and pump house on the flat at the end of Frank Street. The second portion of the project will include installation of water mains along Route 28 and installation of curb stops and new water meters.