Kendall creates new water district for residents on Creek Road

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 22 March 2017 at 9:16 am

Town supervisor praises community for helping residents during prolonged power outage

Photo by Kristina Gabalski: Engineer Mike Schaffron of LaBella Associates answers questions during a public hearing at Kendall Town Hall on Tuesday evening regarding the formation of Water District No. 9.

KENDALL – Town Board members Tuesday evening approved resolutions establishing Water District No. 9 for Creek Road.

The estimated maximum cost of the project is $215,000.  Town Supervisor Tony Cammarata said the town has received a $150,000 State and Municipalities (SAM) Grant to help cover a portion of the cost of the district, with the remaining $65,000 to be financed through bonds.

Several residents from Water District No. 9 and surrounding districts attended the meeting and asked questions during a public hearing which was held before the vote. One resident questioned if the new district would create a burden regarding water capacity of districts currently in place as well as water districts No. 7 and No. 8, which have not yet been constructed.

“Closing the loop on water districts No. 7 and No. 8 will help a lot of residents,” Cammarata said.

Engineer Mike Schaffron of LaBella Associates agreed that Water District No. 9 would be of benefit to other water districts by improving water flows.

A Creek Road resident asked if the water lines will be installed by the town. Schaffron said that because of funding, the water district, “Cannot be constructed by the town itself.”

Residents also questioned if there is a timeline in place for construction of water districts Nos. 7, 8 and 9.

Cammarata said work on Water District No. 7 on Norway Road will likely begin around Labor Day and be completed sometime in November.  Water District No. 9 would be constructed after that. Water District No. 8, which Cammarata said also covers a portion of Creek Road by Carton Road and then west to Kendall Road, will likely be constructed last.

In another matter, Cammarata commended the Kendall community for their efforts in keeping the Town Hall open as an American Red Cross warming center during and after the March 8 wind storm.

“I would like to say thank you to board members (Margaret Lynn) Szozda and (Barb) Flow and (town clerk) Amy Richardson for their help during the storm,” Cammarata said. “I would also like to say a big thank you to Warren Kruger, our Highway Superintendent.”

Those without power were able to come to the town hall during the storm and for several days after. Cots and some food items were provided. The Kendall Lions Club and the local Brownie Troop donated cookies and water, both Supervisor Cammarata and Councilperson Flow said.

“The community really banded together,” Cammarata said. “We were one of only two towns in Orleans County to have a heat and shelter area. We all endured and we as a community came together. This town is a great place with great people.”

Cammarata said he is working to make sure the town hall or the high school will be available to residents during any emergencies in the future.

“That is my promise to the people of Kendall,” he said. “I want everyone to know that if there is an emergency, they have to place to go where they will be safe.”

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