Council OKs more borrowing for sewer work
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.
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.