June 13, 2016 - After four years of legal groundwork, construction begins this week on a project that extends public water to 360 homes on East Lake Road in Honeoye.
The new water district extension will run south along East Lake Road, from Oxford Street to Laura Lane; installing approximately 35,000 linear feet of water main, a 350,000 gallon water storage tank, 360 water services and fire hydrants at appropriate intervals.
Property owners approved the water district extension in May 2012. With several hundred easements to be obtained from homeowners along private lakefront roads, the project proved complex. The Town of Richmond passed a final pre-construction hurdle this April, securing an additional $652,000 loan from USDA Rural Development to cover the increase in estimated construction costs since plans were first drawn up in 2011.
Last week, officials held a groundbreaking ceremony at the Richmond Town Hall to mark the culmination of a long team effort to move the project forward. Supervisor Nathan VanBortel expressed appreciation for the diligent efforts of all project partners, including current and past Town Boards; town engineer Chatfield Engineers, P.C.; current and former Town Attorneys; grant and financial consultants; the Monroe County Water Authority; and the Town of Richmond’s support staff.
“We appreciate the efforts of our project team and partners to make this project a reality,” said VanBortel.
The water service extension is a long-awaited solution for many residents who draw household water from Honeoye Lake and are impacted by seasonal water quality issues; or who rely on wells of poor quality.
“Many communities are faced with similar water concerns,” said VanBortel. “I encourage our State and Federal Representatives to continue providing badly needed funding assistance.”
The East Lake Road water project is targeted for substantial completion by March 2017, with final restoration to be completed in the late spring.