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Talks delay drainage fix in Rotterdam

Steenburgh said he would have to wait for the town to acquire the East Lucille property before he could make a proper estimate.

Two other town drainage projects are moving forward more quickly though.

Drainage improvements needed in the cul-de-sac neighborhoods of Horizon Boulevard and Bluebird Lane will likely cost the town $250,000 less than previously thought.

A redesign of the project by Steenburgh will cost the town $100,000, according to Longo.

"We thought we were going to have to reverse the entire flow on Bluebird Lane, but now we've decided we can use the drainage that's there and adding perforated piping," said Longo.

Another project on pothole-ridden Houlton Avenue will cost slightly more than projections earlier this month.

Tommasone had roughly estimated that the project would cost $250,000. Estimates suggest the project will actually cost between $300,000 and $320,000.

Tommasone said he's hopeful all three projects can be completed in a timely manner, although he admitted that the Masullo project will have to go out to bid, which could further delay relief efforts.

Tommasone said that preliminary work in Masullo and the expenditures in Horizon, Bluebird and Houlton will be paid for using the town's fund reserves in an attempt to speed up the process.

"We'll use our reserves in the interim and get a bond later on for the Masullo project," said Tommasone.

Longo echoed Tommasone's sentiments, in light of soaring costs of petroleum-based asphalt.

"The longer we wait, the more all these projects will cost," said Longo.""

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