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Water Project on Deck for Pleasantville

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Members of the Pleasantville Board of Trustees are concerned about a chlorine booster station project at Ridgeview Drive that they said may just leave the village's water budget dry.

A representative from the water department met with trustees on Monday night about the project, which is costing more money than expected. The low bid for the project , which the village had hoped to be around $250,000, was $327,700 as of Monday. A chlorine booster automatically maintains chlorine levels in the village's water, which reduces the possibility of contamination.

"I’ve never seen bids come like this before," said Trustee Brian Skarstad, in reference to all 10 bids coming within a few thousand dollars of each other. The reason given for the high bids were rising prices of instrumentation, steel and labor rates.

According to Village Administrator Patti Dwyer, the village received a $305,000 bond for the project more than a year ago. However, she said $87,000 of that bond has already been used on pre-engineering, permits and design.

“If we have $215,000 left, we’re $100,000 in the hole,” said Trustee Mindy Berard. “Without engineering, that’s pretty scary.”

Dwyer said the construction of the chlorine booster station cannot be put on hold as it could lead to a citation from the Department of Health. She believes the village will be able to get the project done, though.

Pleasantville also received a bond to fix a water main on Greenmeadow Road, and Dwyer said money left over from that project can used to help with the chlorine booster station.

“The money that we don’t spend on this Greenmeadow project gets used to pay off that,” Dwyer said. “There’s some breathing room there.”

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