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Pomfret looking to update Water District

OBSERVER Photo by Jo Ward The intersection of Van Buren Road and Route 5 in the town of Pomfret is one area that will receive water upgrades.

The town of Pomfret is looking at updating the Van Buren Water District. At the Pomfret Town Board meeting a presentation was shared with the OBSERVER that outlined the project.

“As you may be aware, the current water main system is quite old, with some portions dating back to the 1930s,” Supervisor Dan Pacos’ letters to residents begins. “We have dealt with issues of poor water quality, excessive water loss due to leaking pipes and frequent breaks through the years. Some of these issues also cause concerns for are protection for our residents’ homes and properties. The Town is looking to correct these issues for our residents.”

In the letter Pacos stated that the Chautauqua County Health Department has provided the town with a letter of support for this project. As part of the project, the Town of Pomfret intends to apply to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development for funding to help defray up to 75% of the cost of the project. The rest will be funded through a 38-year loan with 1.125% interest with rate subject to change. The next steps the town will be taking is applying for the funding and then holding a public hearing after announcement of the funding.

“We are required to inform you our intention to apply for the funding,” Pacos continues. “The Town’s engineering ?rm, Clark Patterson Lee, has developed a presentation document to provide additional information to residents. Please visit the town’s website at townofpomfretny.org to view the presentation materials.”

An email address for submission of questions, concerns and/or comments is included in the presentation.

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