Grant to upgrade water system OK’d
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.”