Residents along Geneva Road and a section of Center Street in the Town of Aurora will be getting new waterlines next spring costing an estimated $500,000 to $600,000.
Waterline replacement is necessary in that part of Water District 6 after recent sewer installation led to some waterline breaks, plus the fact that the waterlines, dating to the 1950s, have had a series of breaks over the years, town officials said this week.
As a result, the Town Board this week approved spending $1,500 to have a map plan and report prepared for the project by CRA, the engineering firm with which it contracts.
The town also established a capital fund for the water district that will be dedicated to the cost of the water-main line replacements.
The entire stretch of Geneva will receive 1,700 feet of waterlines, plus another 1,500 feet along Center Road from Westgate Drive north heading toward the Village of East Aurora. A public hearing will be held on the project at a later date.
The new waterlines also are needed to improve water pressure that has been a problem in the aging lines, said Town Engineer Bryan Smith, vice president of CRA.
Once the waterline work is done on Geneva, the road will be repaved.
In another matter, the town will be replacing nearly 20-year-old water meters in three districts in the north end of Aurora between Bowen and Porterville roads.
Highway Superintendent David Gunner said the town is recording 23 percent losses because of inaccurate meter readings. The town hopes to knock the loss down to about 10 percent, he said.
In all, 450 new water meters will be installed, beginning this winter, at a cost of about $67,500. The meters run about $150 apiece. Residents in those districts will be paying for the meters, Gunner said.
In highway personnel moves, the Highway Department is looking to save approximately $1,000 by appointing a deputy highway superintendent and changing job titles. The changes take effect Jan. 1.
The savings comes in the elimination of the additional $4,000 paid in working crew and assistant working crew chief additional pay. Though there is a $3,000 stipend to be paid to the deputy highway chief, the net savings should be about $1,000.
The town also approved an agreement with the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, which now owns the old Town Hall on the Roycroft campus, that allows the town to continue storing records in the basement vault through next May 31 at no rental charge.
The Town Board scheduled its reorganizational meeting for 7 p.m. on Jan. 7 in the Southside Municipal Center, 300 Gleed Ave.