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Louisville to seek bids for Water District 3 in January


LOUISVILLE - Some of the residents living within the boundaries of Water District 3 may see water service as early as this spring.

Town Supervisor Larry R. Legault said the board is prepared to begin soliciting bids for the $9.2 million project in January and anticipates awarding the contract in either February or March. But he’s hoping to get a little more information from the district’s residents before bid documents are completed. “We’re trying to finish up our permanent and temporary easements,” Mr. Legault said, noting there are eight of them currently outstanding.

Temporary easements would allow the town to work on someone’s property or maybe store equipment there, while permanent easements will be needed where the water main will be located.

Mr. Legault also said at this point the town has only received 49 percent of lateral easements, something that each property owner within the project boundaries must sign in order to have a water lateral installed connecting them to the main line.

“We would really like people to get those in,” he said. “The more the contractor knows about what the project exactly is, the better it is for us.”

Should anyone have questions or need help completing the paperwork, Mr. Legault said help is available either in person or over the phone at the municipal building.

“If you have any questions, call the office and we’ll get you through it,” he said.

Mr. Legault said the timing of the bids may end up being a benefit to the town.

“Hopefully we’ll have some contractors eager for spring work,” he said.

Should the project remain on schedule, some residents will be able to have municipal water before Memorial Day weekend.

“If we can get this project going and the shovels in the ground, we should be able to turn water on for some people by late spring or early summer,” he said. “I would hope by fall everyone will have water.”

The water district will encompass uncovered portions of the Willard Road. Service will also begin at the town’s office complex and continue along state Route 37 to Steve’s Gas before turning down County Route 39 into Louisville, covering the entire hamlet and expanding onto the Thompson Ridge Road to state Route 56, ending at the Norfolk town line.

The district will also extend onto West Hatfield Street, wrapping around state Route 37 and back to state Route 56, where it will also include several Norfolk residents.

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