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Mayor sets infrastructure rumors to rest

June 30, 2018 07:43 pm

RAVENA — Ravena Mayor Bill Misuraca wants to put rumors to rest about an upcoming infrastructure project.

At the June meeting of the Ravena Village Board, Misuraca said Carver Companies — which owns the Port of Coeymans — is looking to build warehouses by Willis Avenue in the village. To do so, new water lines would have to be put in.

A larger 10-inch water main would be installed, replacing 1,500 linear feet of water main on Willis Avenue.

Misuraca said that while rumors have been going around that the village was footing the bill for the project, that is not true. Carver Companies will finance it, he said.

“[Owner] Carver Laraway is doing this on his dime,” Misuraca said. “This is probably a $300,000 project that Carver Companies is paying for.”

But while the company — not the village — will pay for the project, the rest of the village also stands to gain from it, Misuraca said.

“It will indirectly benefit all the residents in Ravena and Coeymans, not just the people on Willis Avenue, because it will be a 10-inch line. It will boost pressure,” Misuraca said. “It will be looped into the system down by Tracey Welding. It will increase fire protection in the hamlet, where the pressure is very low right now, and it will also boost pressure throughout the system by having a new, efficient line put in.”

There could be more benefits, as well.

“Even more so, if and when we do the leg from Willis to roughly the railroad tracks, that will eliminate 80 percent of the water problems from the bridges, down,” Misuraca added.

Because the new water line would feed into the hamlet, Bailey said there were other benefits as well, because when there is a water line break, the problem can be more easily isolated so not as many properties are affected when the water is shut down for repairs.

“We can isolate in the village where in the block, or maybe even half block, that a water line break occurs, and the rest of the village can function with all water services,” Bailey explained. “Once you get below the water tracks, one line feeds all the rest of the village and the hamlet. We have always wanted to be able to loop the system. When we can loop the system, it makes for a stronger and better system. This is our opportunity to loop the system.”

With the exception of Village Trustee Mary Ellen Rosato, who was absent, the board unanimously adopted a resolution designating the village as lead agency in the environmental assessment of the project.

As lead agency, the board determined the project would have “no significant adverse environmental impacts” that the board was aware of, issuing a negative declaration. That means the project would not require a draft environmental impact statement, Misuraca said.