Hyde Park village residents will decide Oct. 16 whether to float nearly $4.3 million in bonds to pay for improvements to its water infrastructure, two years after the state said there was not enough pressure in the system.
An informational meeting about the project will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m., in the town offices on Route 15. Polls will be open on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the town offices.
According to an informational pamphlet distributed by the village, this is just the first phase of a project, and would install 10,000 linear feet of new 8-inch and 12-inch water mains, with upgrades to the booster pump station and expansion of the water tank, located on Fitch Hill.
Phase two, which would include replacing the storage tank and numerous smaller pipes, is not included in the bond, and would use capital reserves.
The total cost of phase 1 is $4,267,000, and with Hyde Park’s median household income of $73,500, the state drinking water fund offers zero-percent interest loans with no administrative cost to the town, saving $1 million in project costs. It is estimated that it would add, on average, $40 to the annual drinking water portion of a village customer’s utility bill.
According to the pamphlet, the Department of Environmental Conservation in 2017 identified inadequate system pressure as something that needed corrective action.
Problems cited include cast iron pipes that have frequent breaks; inadequate cover for systems that can lead to freezing, and inadequate flow for fire emergencies.
— Tommy Gardner