Tuesday night, the Board of Selectmen approved a $345,773 appropriation – all of which will be paid for by East Lyme - to replace the sewer line that runs from Logger Hill Road to B Lane.
The project is an extension of the ongoing work to replace the . East Lyme pays Waterford money to maintain the sewers, as Waterford maintains lines that carry the sewage from East Lyme to New London, and the money collected from East Lyme will be used to fund the extension, Utility Commission Chief Engineer Neftali Soto said.
Soto said the Logger Hill work should be done in four weeks, at the most, and the replacement of the B Lane line will take another two-and-a-half weeks, at most, he said. The B Lane work will not interfere with traffic very much, like the Logger Hill Road work is now, Soto said.
The contractor, Revoli Construction of Massachusetts, will dig holes at either end of the pipe and than replace the line, Soto said. The line runs under the ground diagonally from the end of Logger Hill Road to the middle of B Lane, instead of under the road, he said.
The appropriation still needs to be approved by Board of Finance, which will meet again on September 12th, and the Representative Town Meeting, which isn’t set to meet again until October 1. However, according to the Utility Commission’s August 21 meeting minutes, Revoli told Soto that if the money wasn’t appropriated by September 7, the company will add another $45,850 to the project.
The RTM cannot meet before September 7th per Freedom of Information restrictions, First Selectman Dan Steward said. At best, the project could get approved by September 14, he said.
Soto said he would talk with the contractor and see if Revoli will hold to his original price. Soto said if Revoli doesn’t, the town can bid out the project again.