SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek Village Board on Tuesday decided to seek an outside contractor to repair a water line break on Route 5 near Tew Street.

Board members agreed that they will prepare to seek competitive bids on the project because it will involve water line replacement under the state highway.

The leak has not been causing major problems for residents in the area, Mayor Nick Piccolo said. He said that the contractor will be responsible to be sure that residents of that area do not have their water service interrupted for long periods of time during the repair.

Piccolo said he hopes bids will be let out in February. He said that the work needs to be done with state Department of Transportation approval.

Water systems issues, including the installation of a new line on Lafayette Street, also were on the agenda.

The board authorized the replacement of 109 feet of water line on Lafayette at a cost of $110,000 through GHD Services, with work expected to start in the spring. This will be an addition to the extensive water line replacement project that started two years ago.

Residents were reminded that they must have their water meter replaced. Information about the replacement service has been sent to village residents.

Piccolo said some residents have been hesitant to allow the contractor from A-Line Co. into their homes. “Water meter replacement is mandatory, and if residents continue to ignore the notice or refuse to have the meter replaced, we will send out shut-off notices,” he said.

More than 600 meters in the village have been replaced. There is no charge for the new meter. 

Piccolo said that the new meters are expected to be more accurate.

He also said that the village will soon start billing for water usage each quarter instead of every six months. “Quarterly billing should be easier for people to budget,” he said.

Water and sewer service bills will still be sent each six months to village residents and customers in the village’s water and sewer districts.

Board members tabled a payment on the assessment for membership in the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Association.

The $1,600 fee will be considered for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which starts in June.