NW to seek bids on next phase of water upgrade

NEW WATERFORD — Council approved a resolution to advertise for bids for Phase II of its multi-million dollar water distribution upgrade project during Tuesday’s meeting.

Mayor Shane Patrone requested the action after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers posted the project for the 10-day public period viewing before advertising could occur.

For several weeks, village officials have been waiting for the final OK from the Corps of Engineers.

Patrone said the resolution will give Engineering Associates the authority to bid the project once it receives the paperwork from the Corps. He said that could be sometime after Jan. 15.

“They can go out and bid once they get the paperwork,” Patrone said.

The village has 8.6 miles of water lines that are being replaced that will distribute treated ground water to approximately 500 customers. Phase II will see the installation of 18,300 linear feet (3.46 miles) of new lines.

The village has also been awarded just over $1 million in grant money from the Corps for the Phase II work.

In other business, council authorized the mayor and president of council to enter into a one-year contract with Unity Township for fire services for $50,000, with the same provisions as in 2018.

Also, Village Administrator Jason Gorby brought a water billing issue, regarding fixed-income and elderly water customers, to council’s attention. “We’re only billing in the thousands (of gallons),” Gorby explained and suggested trying to work something out when the billing cycle rolls over between readings and charges, for the next 1,000 gallons, making the monthly bill go up.

“It can vary,” he said, “depending on when the meter is read and in the third month it goes up.” The village plans to install meters that will use 100-gallon readings for bills and, Gorby said, “That will be within one dollar” for bills.

Council also approved a resolution accepting a permanent appropriations of about $1.7 million for the fiscal year of 2019, which approximates the amount of appropriations for each of the last two years.

Also, during its reorganization meeting, council again elected Councilman Bill Mullarkey as president pro-tem and filled the assigned positions of councilmembers to eight committees unanimously.