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Alexandria town board moving forward with public water, sewer projects to spur development and address sanitation issues

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ALEXANDRIA BAY — The town of Alexandria is moving forward with several water and sewer projects to spur economic development and ensure the health and safety of residents.

Alexandria Supervisor Dale D. Hunneyman said the town board next month plans to partner officially with the neighboring township of Orleans to run a joint water line along the Route 12 corridor, where two large development projects have been proposed.

Orleans would be the lead agency in the project and the partnership is expected to increase their chances of securing state and federal grants and low-interest loans.

Earlier this month, the Orleans Town Council voted to form a water district along Route 12 — from Collins Landing down to Fishers Landing — to address salt contamination issues originating from a state Department of Transportation facility.

Alexandria wants to bring municipal water service down that road because of the shopping plaza project near Interstate 81 and the possible $140 million Bonnie Castle Racino development proposed across the street.

Also in the works is the town of Alexandria’s Otter Street water project.

In February, the town was awarded a $750,000 grant and $1,018,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to replace water lines along Otter Street and hook Keewaydin State Park into the municipal water system.

Boats have broken the Otter Creek Water District’s water pipe that lies on the bottom of Otter Creek, and water pressure also has been an issue.

The expanded district is expected to serve 97 equivalent dwelling units, or EDUs, including 50 EDUs for Keewaydin.

Mr. Hunneyman said the construction is expected to start after Labor Day.

The town board will select a contractor next month and have it start the pre-construction work in August, he said.

Alexandria also is trying to bring municipal sewer service to about a dozen households along Otter Street affected this spring by septic runoff.

The town board already has voted to form a sewer district, and the town’s engineer, Fourth Coast Inc., Clayton, will research funding opportunities to cover the project’s cost, Mr. Hunneyman said.

Hopefully, he said, the town can secure funding by the end of the year and start the construction work in 2013.

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