Three Liverpool streets to get makeovers in April

— Two projects designed to improve drainage on village streets are being planned for April. Liverpool Deputy Mayor Nick Kochan outlined the proposed work at the Jan. 23 village board meeting and suggested that trustees establish a $200,000 reserve fund to prepare to pay for the projects expected to cost between $575,000 and $600,000.

At the corner of Balsam and Third streets, 1,500-linear feet of piping will be installed along with curbing, gutters and catch basins at an estimated cost of $250,000. Along Hiawatha Trail sanitary sewer repairs will be made, the road will be resurfaced and drainage maintained, at a cost estimated at between $287,000 and $350,000.

“The survey work has already been done,” Kochan told his fellow trustees. “We’re looking at April to get the work started.”

Village Engineers Dunn & Sgromo conducted the site surveys.

The establishment of reserve funds was recently recommended to the trustees by auditors Koagel & Vincentini, a Syracuse-based accounting firm. Koagel & Vincentini audited the village’s books from fiscal year 2012.

“They completed the audit in September,” said Deputy Village Clerk Sandra Callahan, “and we filed it with New York state on Sept. 30.”

The auditors praised the village’s budget balancing and record-keeping, said Liverpool Mayor Gary White. “I was very pleased that they liked the way we’re doing things,” White said. The audit is available at the Village Clerk’s office at 310 Sycamore St.

“One thing they recommended was that we set up reserve funds for major projects,” the mayor said. Such projects include the drainage and sewer work being eyed for April.

Local contractors are expected to bid on the jobs in the next month or so, according to Village Clerk Mary Ellen Sims.

The village also anticipates some cosmetic work on Sycamore and Bass streets where they cross Route 370 (a.k.a. Second Street).

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