Harvey won’t set back regional waterline

Hurricane Harvey’s impact could have struck closer to home, but luckily for one project, the order went in before the storm.

The North Chautauqua County Water District recently awarded the regional waterline contract to Kandey Company Inc. of West Seneca for completion within 180 days.

Portland Supervisor Dan Schrantz said the damage in Texas will not cause a delay.

“He’s got the pipe ready to come and luckily he ordered it before the hurricane or else he never would have got it (in time),” he said.

Dunkirk Supervisor Richard Purol added, “He ordered it three weeks ago from Texas. If you were to order 16-inch pipe right now, there’s no holding it, it would be gone.”

Schrantz reported a slight delay is anticipated due to Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) requirements. Work is expected to begin on Willow Road in Dunkirk while final permits are obtained for the Department of Transportation for work along Route 5. There are also DOT restrictions on construction during the winter.

“Realistically, it looks like we’re looking into the spring. Hopefully, we can get water flowing by late spring,” he said.

Purol added Shorewood Golf Course would like its section completed by Memorial Day.

There will be a public presentation on the $270,000 grant awarded to Pomfret, Portland, Brocton, Sheridan and the town of Dunkirk to develop a billing and maintenance system on Sept. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the Portland Town Hall.