Porter City Council Approves Water Project Funding

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Fri, Sep 2, 2022 11:00 a.m.

$6.785 million project to replace 14,700 feet of water pipes

√ Water pipe upgrades to cover five city areas

Staff reports

At a special meeting on Monday, the City of Porter’s Board of Directors approved by a 4-0 vote the issuance of $6,785,000 in serial bonds to fund improvements to the water system. of the city which includes the Porter City Water District.

The council’s action came following an announced public hearing on the project which drew no comment from residents. The measure calls on the city to provide for the issuance of a bond of $6.785 million for a period of 40 years to cover the project. It states “that to the extent that grants are received for such specific object or purpose, the amount of bonds to be issued pursuant to this resolution shall be reduced dollar for dollar.”

He continued: “The maximum maturity of serial bonds permitted here would exceed five years.”

Wendel Companies in Williamsville has been retained by the city to oversee the engineering elements of the project. The actual work will take place in five areas of Porter where the water distribution system was found to be deteriorating and is currently experiencing pressure and distribution issues.

The water distribution system dates from the 1930s and is said to have both cast iron and asbestos cement pipes.

“The water system is aging and providing inadequate fire pressures and flow in some areas,” Wendel said. “Some pipes are also undersized by today’s standards, or tuberculation has reduced pipe capacity. Some older water pipes under this proposed project were installed in the 1930s and have experienced repeated outbreaks. The City would like to improve the water distribution system in the five areas identified in this report to improve water pressure and fire flow rates, address aging infrastructure areas from water main breaks high water and tuberculated pipes. »

Problem areas identified include:

√ Sector 1 – Parker Road. Located at a dead end on Ransomville Road, the existing water main fails to provide adequate pressure to residents.

√ Area 2 – St. Christopher Lane. Located in a dead end area of ​​New Road in Ransomville, the existing water pipe also fails to provide adequate pressures to users.

√ Zone 3 – Meadow and Manor drives, located in the center-north of the city. According to Wendel, “The two roads intersect with Lockport Road and head north, creating a U-shaped loop. Meadow Drive continues east until it joins Youngstown-Wilson Road. CIP water pipes do not provide adequate pressure.

√ Zone 4 – Youngstown Estates including Riverview, Walnut, Hillview and Parkdale Drives. All feature water lines with 6-inch cast-iron pipes that are undersized, Wendel noted.

√ Zone 5 – the Lower River Road area extending to Youngstown. According to the Wendel report, “The existing 12-inch CIP water line, which runs along River Road from the village of Youngstown to the town of Lewiston, experiences frequent breaks, requiring the town to exercise caution about the increase in water pressure in this area. The city also discovered that the 12-inch CIP has a significant tubercle, limiting pipe capacity.

Wendel focused on the results of a hydraulic assessment carried out in 2017 by GHD Engineering. He said: “Five areas of the distribution system require total replacement. Inadequate fire flow rates, low water pressure, undersized pipes, water leaks, frequent bursts and tubers suggest this would be the optimal option. …

“Due to the deterioration of the water system since the 1930s, the City was forced to reduce the operating pressure with certain parts of the distribution system to avoid frequent leaks. The fire hydrants located near the Ransomville reservoir indicate a reduction in fire flow capacity greater than 13%.

Wendel’s study indicated that Zones 1 through 3 have cast iron pipes 6 inches in diameter, measuring 1,100, 900, and 1,700 feet in length, respectively, while Zone 4 has CIPs of 6 inches and 8 inches measuring 3,700 feet; and Zone 5 has CIPs of 12 inches, over a length of 7,300 feet.

“The proposed project area includes approximately 14,700 linear feet of new 8-inch and 12-inch waterline related outbuildings,” Wendel said.

The project would also see: the installation of new fire hydrants in all affected areas; completion of interconnections to existing water lines; and completion of tree borings on Lower River Road “to avoid removal and damage to large mature trees,” the Wendel report continues.

In discussions on Monday, Porter city attorney Mike Dowd said the municipality had declared itself the project’s lead agency for the purposes of authorizing the issuance of the $6.785 million bond anticipation note. of dollars. Therefore, no formal state environmental quality review is required for the project.

The city’s resolution stated that the project had been determined as a Type II action pursuant to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regulations covering SEQRA, and “as such will not result in any significant environmental impact,” Dowd said.

With respect to landowners who would ultimately be responsible for sharing the burden of costs, the wording of Section 4 of the approved City Council resolution reads: “The faith and credits of the said City of Porter , Niagara County, New York are hereby irrevocably pledged to payment of principal and interest on such bonds when the same become due and payable, respectively, It shall be assessed annually on taxable immovable property in said water district that the council shall apportion and assess upon the several lots and parcels of land in the manner provided by law, an amount sufficient to pay principal and interest on said bonds as they become due, but if not paid from this source, all the taxable properties of the said city will be subject to the deduction of ad valorem taxes without limitation as to the rate or the amount. nt sufficient to pay the principal of an interest on said bonds as the same becomes due.

Regarding the work schedule, it is expected that the project will take four to six months for surveying and design work; two to three months for authorisation; two months to cover tendering and contract award; three to four months to secure the materials; and six to eight months for the actual construction.

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