Kendall is constructing first water district in about a decade
KENDALL – A new public waterline is going into the ground along Norway Road, from Route 18 to Creek Road. The project has been years in the making.
“This is a monumental day for the Town of Kendall,” said Town Supervisor Tony Cammarata.
This is the first new water district under construction in about a decade. The Norway Road project include 23 housing units as part of Water District No. 7.
The total project cost is estimated at $860,000. A federal USDA grant through Rural Development will cover $525,000 of the cost with the district property owners paying off a $335,000 low-interest loan for the remainder.
The highway departments at Kendall and Hamlin are working together to install the 8-inch watermains, hydrants, and service laterals.
Hamlin is being paid $226,245 for its work on the project. The materials are just over $200,000. There are also engineering, legal and other expenses.
Construction is expected to be complete in early August with lawn restorations to follow.
Kendall and Hamlin have worked together installing water mains on about five or six other projects, said Steve Baase, the Hamlin water superintendent.
Cammarata said that is example of shared services with the town towns working together to reduce costs and get a project complete.
Kendall officials had to work with a myriad of government agencies for the project to proceed, including the USDA, Rural Development, Monroe County Water Authority, the Orleans County Health Department, the Town of Hamlin and other entities.
“It’s a long and tedious road, but it’s very worthwhile,” Cammarata said. “We have to look to the future and the future is water.”
Another small water project, District. No. 9, is expected to soon go out to bid and be constructed this year. That project will extend the waterline from District No.7 where it ends at Creek Road. From there it will run past six houses to Carton Road.
The town is also working on District No. 8 that will include 50 to 60 homes on Kendall Road. That project should be under construction in 2019.
In addition, residents have petitioned for public water on Lakeshore Road and Center Road. The town expects to have a public meeting this fall to gauge if there’s more interest for public waterlines in the town.
Residents have been vocal with their concerns about inadequate water quantity and quality with some of the residential wells, town officials said.
The additional waterlines could lead to more development with new home construction in Kendall, Cammarata said.
“A lot of builders say they won’t build without water,” he said.