Grant to up­grade wa­ter sys­tem OK’d

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jay Bra­man Jr. news@free­mano­

Shan­daken Su­per­vi­sor Rob Stan­ley says the Phoenicia Wa­ter Dis­trict will fi­nally get some much needed im­prove­ment in 2017.

Speak­ing at the an­nual Town Board re­or­ga­ni­za­tion meeting ear­lier this month, Stan­ley said the state has ac­cepted the town’s en­vi­ron­men­tal re­view of a plan to in­stall a new way to de­liver wa­ter to the High Street area of the ham­let of Phoenicia.

“In good news, and after a lengthy en­vi­ron­men­tal re­view, the state has ac­cepted our en­vi­ron­men­tal re­view fol­low­ing a nec­es­sary arche­o­log­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the ar­eas to be dis­turbed,” he said.

That’s welcome news to about one-third of the wa­ter dis­trict that so far has re­lied on just one wa­ter main stretched over the Eso­pus Creek un­der the Bridge Street Bridge for service.

Two years ago, the res­i­dents of the dis­trict on the south side of the creek in the Sta­tion Road/ High Street area lost all wa­ter when that main froze, broke and fell into the creek dur­ing a Fe­bru­ary cold snap. Wa­ter was de­liv­ered the rest of the year from a fire hy­drant through a fire hose.

In 2015, the New York State Re­gional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil awarded Phoenicia a $415,000 grant to bury new wa­ter mains along the west­ern end of High Street so wa­ter can also come across the Eso­pus Creek via the Wood­land Val­ley Bridge, thus cre­at­ing a loop for that branch of the sys­tem.

The town has been try­ing to move ahead with the project for about 20 years, ever since the Wood­land Val­ley Bridge was in­stalled in the mid 1990s.

“The engi­neers have started work­ing to­ward draw­ing up de­tailed spec­i­fi­ca­tions in or­der for us to go to bid for this lon­gawaited work,” Stan­ley added. “We hope to be go­ing out to bid within the next two months. If all goes well, we should be able to com­plete the work as­so­ci­ated with this $415,000 grant by the end of the year.”

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