Water project may get some federal relief

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 5:15pm

Water Supt. John Breunig was feeling some sense of relief when he was able to tell the members of the Water Commission that federal grant and loan opportunities may fund up to 45 percent of an upcoming $2.2 million water main project.

Breunig’s continued concern is how such a large project will impact the Water Company’s debt service, which he said would be doubled.

The project is to replace a water main on High Street and Payne Road, which he described in a letter to the Town Council as “the most crucial part of our distribution system” and the project as “one of the largest and most expensive infrastructure projects the Water District has ever taken on.”

“Before we had no funding, and now it looks like we’ll get a nice federal subsidy,” said Breunig, who added the monies from the United States Department of Agriculture would be a 45 percent grant and a 55 percent loan.

Water Commission Chair Brad Marthens said that he was still interested in speaking with the Town Council about spreading the remaining costs to town taxpayers.

“This is important to the whole town,” said Marthens, but added that “we need a few more specifics before we can go to the community.”

Town Manager Ed Roberge, who was in attendance at the meeting, said that at a Town Council meeting scheduled for Nov. 4 upcoming capital improvement projects for the next two years will be discussed, “which is where this project will probably fall in.”