MOHAWK — The Mohawk village board moved ahead with requirements for a project to rehabilitate the village’s sewer and storm water conveyance system during a meeting Monday.
Eric Schuler, of Barton & Loguidice, reviewed the first phase of the State Environmental Quality Review Act paperwork for the project with the board.
A 10-month construction period is expected with contractors working from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during that time.
The board authorized Mayor James Baron to sign the document.
Letters will be going out to interested and involved agencies, according to Schuler. Once the first phase requirements are completed, the second and third phases of the SEQR process will begin.
The village board voted last month to go ahead with a $6 million project to rehabilitate the village’s sewer system. The engineering and design phase is getting under way this year with construction expected to begin late in 2019.
Engineers from Barton & Loguidice said the village would likely be eligible for a 30-year zero interest hardship loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and could be eligible for a grant covering 25 percent of the cost as well.
The process began late in 2016 when the village was awarded a $30,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation – Environmental Facilities Corporation to conduct a study of the inflow and infiltration of its sanitary sewer lines.
In other business
• The board formally approved a proposal from Milone & MacBroom for work on the Fulmer Creek project. The village was awarded a grant of up to $2 million from the Green Innovation Grant program and voted last month to move ahead with the flood mitigation project. The tentative timeline calls for archaeological studies and acquisition of easements from landowners to take place early this year. Construction could begin late in the summer of 2019.
• Superintendent of Public Works Mike Shedd said the houses scheduled to be demolished under the flood buyout program are being checked for asbestos.
He also reported that the deadline for bids for the project to move the village’s water wells has been extended to March 29.
• Shedd looked into the possibility of obtaining a permit for the village to do some clean-out work in Fulmer Creek, but this seems unlikely. Tory and Spencer creeks fall into a different category and he is working the Department of Environmental Conservation for a permit to do some work there.
• A request from Mohawk Little League to use the new fields at the Mohican Wetlands Park was denied because of ongoing construction work there, according to Baron. He said there is still paving to be done, a pavilion to be constructed and trees to be planted. There is also concern that the fields could be damaged if they are used too soon.
• The board set a public hearing for March 26 on a local law intended to discourage repeat fire alarm calls that are due to faulty equipment.
• Fire Chief Jeff Sitterly reported that the department is waiting for a recommendation from the insurance company regarding where to go for repairs to a fire truck that was damaged in a motor vehicle accident. He said the roll-up doors are specialized and the truck cannot simply be taken to a local body shop.