Kingston to install new sewer lift station

John Decoste
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This map shows the scope of the sewer project and possible areas of future development. 

Kingston village commissioners will soon be asking for proposals for installing a new sewer lift station to service residents in the eastern end of the village.

Village clerk/treasurer Mike McCleave said Kingston has been trying for some time now to extend the existing sewer line eastward along East Main Street from Kingswood Lane to Greenwood Road.

There has been a lot of residential development in the area, with a couple of developers having already voiced their intention to undertake more development.

“Getting all the properties in East Kingston onto the village sewer was intended to be a multi-phase project,” McCleave said.

The village commission had budgeted $600,000 for the project, and had entered into an agreement to extend the line to Greenwood Road and hook it into a lift station that had been installed as part of the new Kalley Lane subdivision.

The project was tendered, and the low bid of approximately $320,000 accepted.

Since that time, given the expected new development, it has been determined the existing lift stations are likely inadequate to handle the increased flow.

During the digging process, workers ran into problems that would have required the installation and de-watering of several manholes, at a cost of some $100,000 each.

Village commissioners agreed by motion to cancel the existing contract and instead put out a request for proposals for installing an additional new lift station on the east end of Main Street.

“We would have been looking at doing probably $200,000 worth of work that would, in time, have been of no use to us,” McCleave said.

The new station will be designed to handle both the existing and potential new development in the area, and is expected to still come in within the village’s budget.

“We were hoping to be able to get away with not installing another lift station, but knowing what’s under the ground and the added costs involved, it was beneficial to put another lift station in now, as we likely would have had to do it later anyway.”

McCleave added the company that held the existing contract is OK with the decision.

“They are aware it would have meant extra cost both to them and to us.”

Geographic location: East Kingston, Greenwood Road, East Main Street

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