Holley eyes $2 million upgrade to water system

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 15 June 2017 at 9:33 am

HOLLEY – The Village Board is working on a big upgrade to the village’s water infrastructure.

The Village Board on Tuesday unanimously approved resolutions regarding the proposed $2 million Holley Water System Improvement Project. The water grant resolution authorizes Mayor Brian Sorochty to submit an application to the Environmental Facilities Corporation for the NYS Water Infrastructure Improvement Act  Program and to execute all financial and administrative processes relating to the completion of the project.

The village has also passed a bond resolution in the amount of $2.09 million for the total project cost.

The village anticipates receiving a Water Infrastructure Improvement Grant for $1.25 million and will provide $406,000 in in-kind services. The balance of $430,000 will be bonded.

The project includes replacement of approximately 9,050 linear feet of water main within the existing right-of-way throughout various locations within the village. Additionally, the project will replace fire hydrants, valves, water service transfers and a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system for improved operation of the village water storage tank and pumping system.

The location of the water main improvements include portions of South Main Street, North Main Street, East Union Street, Park Place, East Albion Street, Geddes Street, and the water storage tank. The improvements coincide with sidewalk upgrades being completed as part of the Sidewalk Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant the village has received.

A fact sheet provided by the village states the water mains are being considered for replacement due to age, deteriorating conditions, inoperable fire hydrants and valves, and brown water complaints received by the village. Village officials say it is desirous to replace the water mains prior to excavation for new sidewalks.

“This project will address the concerns with the aged system (some piping dates to the 1920’s).  The proposed improvements are modest and economical,” the fact sheet states. “The improvements proposed will help to solve health, safety and maintenance issues associated with the existing system.”

Residents are encouraged to provide the village with letters of support for the project. They can be sent to Mayor Brian Sorochty, Village of Holley, 72 Public Square, Holley, NY, 14470, or by email at bsorochty@ddscompanies.com.

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