Coun­cil OKs more bor­row­ing for sewer work

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ariél Zangla [email protected]­manon­line.com

The city will bor­row an­other nearly $21,000 to pay for the re­place­ment of ag­ing sewer in­fra­struc­ture at the in­ter­sec­tion of Al­bany Av­enue, Broad­way and Col. Chan­dler Drive, where the state in­tends to cre­ate a traf­fic round­about.

The Com­mon Coun­cil this week unan­i­mously adopted a res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the city to bor­row an­other $20,657 for the pro­ject. That brings the to­tal cost of the sewer in­fra­struc­ture re­place­ment to $1,100,657.

There was no pub­lic dis­cus­sion among coun­cil mem­bers about the ad­di­tional spend­ing be­fore they voted Tues­day. At a cau­cus the evening be­fore, though, Al­der­man Pa­trick O’Reilly, a nonen­rolled voter who rep­re­sents the Sev­enth Ward, noted it was the sec­ond time the coun­cil had been asked to in­crease spend­ing for the pro­ject.

The coun­cil pre­vi­ously agreed to re­place the sewer in­fra­struc­ture as part of the state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion’s con­struc­tion of the round­about. The traf­fic pro­ject will be over­seen and paid for by the state, but re­lated wa­ter and sewer in­fras­truc-

ture work must be fi­nanced by city tax­pay­ers and wa­ter users.

Kingston Alder­woman An­drea Shaut, D-Ward 9, said dur­ing the Mon­day cau­cus that the first in­crease in cost was due to the state

chang­ing the plans for the sewer re­place­ment por­tion of the pro­ject. She said even with the in­creased cost, the city still would save money by hav­ing the state re­place the sewer in­fra­struc­ture now in­stead of wait­ing for a prob­lem to arise in the fu­ture, forc­ing the site to be dug up again.

The sewer improvements ini­tially were es­ti­mated

to cost about $685,000, and the coun­cil in De­cem­ber 2017 ap­proved the city spend­ing up to $800,000. At the time, that amount was ex­pected to cover the cost of the work and any over­runs.

Then in Au­gust, the coun­cil adopted a res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing an ad­di­tional $280,000 in bor­row­ing, bring­ing the cost at the time to $1,080,000.

Of the lat­est in­crease, City Engi­neer John Schultheis pre­vi­ously told city law­mak­ers that the pro­ject cost was based on early es­ti­mates for Kingston’s share of the pro­ject. He said the ad­di­tional $20,657 was based on the low bid the state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion re­ceived for the work.

The over­all round­about

pro­ject ini­tially was to have a price tag of $7 mil­lion, but that cost has since jumped to $12 mil­lion.

Con­struc­tion con­tracts for the round­about were ex­pected to be awarded by the end of Oc­to­ber, but that has been de­layed. The wa­ter and sewer improvements are ex­pected to be the first part of the pro­ject com­pleted.

Be­sides chang­ing the flow of ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic, the round­about is to in­clude 10-foot-wide, mixe­duse paths for pedes­tri­ans and bi­cy­clists and raised cross­walks.

Signs direct­ing traf­fic to and through the round­about will be “ground mounted,” rather than over­head, as the cur­rent signs are.

PRO­VIDED/FILE

A di­a­gram of the pro­posed traf­fic round­about at the in­ter­sec­tion of Al­bany Av­enue (left and right), Broad­way (bot­tom) and Col. Chan­dler Drive (top) in Kingston, N.Y., is su­per­im­posed on an aerial pho­to­graph of the area.

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