GREENVILLE — The town of Greenville is making moves to improve the town’s water system and pedestrian accessibility in the coming year.

On the agenda for 2021 is relocating the town’s water tank — a $1.8 million project — and the completion of a $1.2 million sidewalk project, shared with the town of Cairo, that was awarded to Callanan Industries, of Albany, last year.

Eighty percent of the water system project will be grant-funded, with the remaining 20% financed by a 0% interest 30-year loan from the Environmental Facilities Corporation, Town Supervisor Paul Macko said.

“The reason why we’re going with a new tank, the existing tank was put in in 1975,” he said of the existing tank across from Tops Markets on Route 32. “You’re looking at a tank that is 45, 46 years old. We can put a new glass-lined tank in for less money than refurbishing the old tank.”

The new tank will be installed at a new location.

“We bought about 18 acres off Meadow Brook Lane,” Macko said.

The property was purchased by the town in June 2019, according to Greene County property records. No price was listed. The new location represents a 90-foot elevation gain, which will improve water pressure for residents, Macko said.

“The higher elevation of the new water tower is going to make a big difference,” he said.

The project will also include the installation of approximately 2,300 feet of water main along Route 81 east of Hill Street, Macko said. New sewer lines will be installed at the same time as the water main, he added.

“We’re hoping to get out to bid within the next couple weeks,” Macko said, adding that the project should begin in the spring.

Construction of sidewalks in front of George V. Vanderbilt Town Park up to the Greenville Country Estates and down by Kelly’s Pharmacy, The Tasting Lab and the Tiny Diner, are also on schedule to be completed this year, Macko said.

The town went out to bid with the town of Cairo last year on a joint project.

“Callanan got started late,” Macko said. “They’re coming back in the spring to complete it.”

Greenville’s share of the $1.2 million contract was $714,160.

The town will be reimbursed for 80% of the project by the state Department of Transportation.

Cairo’s portion of the project included sidewalks from Cumberland Farms to the Cairo Elementary School.

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