ROTTERDAM: Officials address water woes

"The concern is spending a quarter of a million dollars on roads that will fail in two to five years and have to be ripped out and replaced," Steenburgh said. The current roads are also 6 feet wider than the town's standards and don't have the required wing gutter.

The first option, and the one deemed least desirable to town officials, would be to spend $250,000 to overlay the worst portions of the roads and construct new storm sewers with drainage underneath the road in the front portion of Masullo Estates to mitigate groundwater problems.

He said this project could be completed this summer.

Steenburgh said by going with this option, the pavement would most likely break up in 12 months, drainage improvements would be minimal and not every home would benefit.

The second option would be to spend about $1.35 million to reconstruct the roads, install new drainage and lower the pipes under Guilderland Avenue.

Steenburgh said this option would provide a sump pump connection for all the homes in the development, reduce road maintenance costs and help road drainage because of the wing gutters.

The third option would cost about $1.5 million and would include the above improvements as well as the installation of dry sanitary sewers.

Steenburgh said installing the sewers while the roads were already torn up would result in major cost savings, coming in at three-quarters under the price of such a project normally.

Once the neighboring Helderberg Meadows development is complete, Masullo Estates residents could have the option of connecting to the town's sewage treatment system through the dry sewer line. This option would allow the removal of all the septic systems. Steenburgh said the area's 90 septic systems create the equivalent of 1 inch of rainfall a week to the contributing drainage area.

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