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Board OKs water plan

Guilderland is one step closer to adding 158 homes to the town's water system.

At the Sept. 5 meeting, the town board agreed to hire Delaware Engineering to prepare the map and report on the West End water system improvement project, and also move forward with the proposal the firm submitted to the board.

A representative for Delaware Engineering said the company recommended taking water from existing connections near Hurst Road and direct it down to Route 146 to serve residents of Weaver Road, then loop it around Route 158 and connect the system across Route 20 to serve Chandler Road.

The plan would add 60 homes along Chandler Road, 30 along Church Road, 33 along Weaver Road, 31 along Route 158 and four homes along Grant Hill Road.

The cost of the project would be $7.1 million, a price that includes all the services provided by Delaware Engineering, from planning to construction.

The water improvement project would be paid for through a 30-year bond. New customers along the line would pay an annual price of $456.20, which would be added to the average annual usage charge of approximately $118. New users would also pay a one-time connection fee of $1,750.

Existing customers of the town's water supply would see an annual increase of $9.87 to their bill.

In choosing the new water route, town supervisor Kenneth Runion, said there were two things to settle on.

One was to serve as many existing homes as possible, and the other was to loop existing dead-end lines, said Runion.

According to Runion, dead-end lines reduce water quality, and looping them improves the quality.

"These recommended extensions take care of probably 75 percent of existing homes with substandard water," said Runion.

Many town residents who spoke at the meeting were in support of the water system improvement plan.

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