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LOCKPORT – The Town Board is expected to vote tonight to schedule a Jan. 8 public hearing on borrowing $16.9 million to replace a long list of leaky water and sewer lines throughout the town.

Town Supervisor Marc R. Smith said Tuesday that the work is expected to begin late in 2014 and continue through 2015 and 2016.

The list of repairs presented to the board by Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon at a work session Monday includes $14.1 million worth of replacement water lines and $2.8 million worth of sewer repairs.

Water lines are to be replaced on South Transit, Bowmiller, Ernest, Keck, Slayton Settlement, Purdy, Leete, Upper Mountain, Junction and Chestnut Ridge roads, Shimer Drive and Beattie Avenue.

The sewer work includes repair work on pump stations in the town industrial park, at the Niagara County Jail and on Keck Road; flushing the Tonawanda Creek Road sewer after a look inside with remote controlled TV cameras; and $1.5 million worth of “slip-lining,” which inserts new linings inside leaking lines.

The town has received an estimate that its bond issue to obtain the money will carry an annual interest cost of less than 3 percent for a 20-year repayment schedule.

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