MAHOPAC, N.Y. - In an ongoing effort to overhaul the town of Carmel’s ailing infrastructure, the Town Board will likely vote this week to approve a $2.7 million bond measure that would be used to rehabilitate nine water storage tanks throughout five different water districts.

The cost of the projects will be borne by the residents of those specific water districts.

The water districts targeted for the repairs are: District 2, three tanks at Everett Road, Lindy Road and Clapboard Ridge (aka Shoprite); District 3, Secor Road; District 8, two tanks at Crest Road and Kings Ridge; District 9, Vista Terrace North; District 14, two tanks on Hill Street. Officials note that District 8’s Crest Road tank also supplies water to districts 1, 10 and 13, so those three districts will also bear some of the costs.

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The Town Board had authorized the engineering department to prepare a report and plan for the rehab of the town’s water storage tanks in districts 2, 3, 8, 9 and 14 earlier this year. The board moved last month to request bids for the repairs.

Pittsburg Tank and Tower Group (PTTG, Henderson, Ky.) performed the water tank inspections in April to determine whether the tanks could be rehabilitated or needed to be replaced.  Those inspections included the interior and exterior surfaces of the tanks, an evaluation of tank components for compliance with current standards, recommended maintenance, and determining the extent of the surface preparation and coating system that would be used for the tanks’ interior and exterior surfaces.

PTTG determined that the tanks could be rehabilitated and that work would consist of sandblasting and epoxying the tanks’ exteriors and interiors; removal of sediment; installation of mixing systems; and the installation of miscellaneous signs and safety features.

“Their deficiencies or improvements and repairs were identified in the report that was done,” said Supervisor Ken Schmitt. “The board will bond out those repairs. There is nothing [bad] imminent with these tanks, but the company did identify some areas that need to be improved and updated and recommended that state-of-the-art equipment be installed.

“The board agreed with these recommendations, so we are going ahead with this,” Schmitt added. “We hope to move this along fairly quickly. This is part and parcel of an infrastructure improvement we are doing throughout the town.”

The cost to each water district for the repairs breaks down as follows: District 2, $1.6 million (approximately $370,000 for Everett Road, $373,000 for Lindy Road, $500,000 for Clapboard Ridge aka Shoprite—not including bonding costs); District 3, $282,538; Districts 1, 10 and 13, $275,165; District 8, $199,325; District 9, $17,684; District 14, $391,063.

Town officials said the cost of the projects will be financed by either a 15-year bond at an interest rate between 1.75 and 2.46 percent, or a 20-year bond at an interest rate between 1.75 and 2.65 percent.

The estimated annual cost per customer is: District 1, $24.68 (15-year bond), $20.01 (20-year bond); District 2, $52.42 (15 years), $42.08 (20 years); District 3, $43.79 (15 years), $35.40 (20 years); District 8, $69.54 (15 years),  $56.37 (20 years); District 9, $8.65 (15 years), $6.95 (20 years); District 10, $35.16 (15 years), $28.50 (20 years); District 13, $34.76 (15 years), $28.18 (20 years); District 14, $200.17 (15 years), $160.46 (20 years).

Pressed by the board for a timeline for the project, town engineer Rich Franzetti said it would depend on how quickly a public hearing could be held, requests for proposals submitted and then the bidding process completed. He said it could be late fall to early winter before the project gets underway.

“We are moving as fast as possible,” Franzetti told the board. “Everett Road tank is the No. 1 tank [to be fixed] and then we’ll move on from there.”

Comptroller Mary Ann Maxwell said the public hearing should be held sometime next month.

“The sooner the better,” she said. “The night you have the public hearing, you can also pass the bond.”

Maxwell noted that while the entire amount of the bond, $2.7 million, needs to be approved, not every water district will have to use the borrowed funds.

“Like for District 7, the cost is only about $17,000, so I assume there will be funds in their operating budget to cover it,” she said. “If there are enough funds in [a district’s] operating budget, then [that particular district] would not have to borrow.”