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Common Council Approves More Spending For Storm Sewer Installation on Main Street

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An estimated $370,000 has been approved to be spent for storm sewer installations on Main Street in the City of Cortland after the Common Council voted unanimously to approve the construction agreement with CCI Companies. Cortland Mayor Scott Steve and Councilpersons Beckwith and Carpenter were recorded absent.

Before approving the spending, Department of Public Works Superintendent, Nic Dovi, provided details into the expected work to be done including where the cost estimate came from for the amount of $370,000.

“The deal here is [Cortland] has some major utility conflicts. We actually asked National Grid, who had the major conflict with what was proposed on our end to investigate a solution for us. That solution was drastically more money than this solution and also probably push our schedule off.”

Dovi said to the Common Council.

He continued on to say work on Main Street if the City ended up going with National Grid’s solution would delay the finishing of the reconstruction by possibly a year. Work is anticipated to be completed by Labor Day this year.

Both Fisher Associates and CCI Companies were then asked by the city to provide the city with a price for making alterations to the storm system in the Court Street area of the Main Street reconstruction.

“We were pretty confident after they came up with the design that this was the way to go to keep the project moving forward and to make sure that we fully vetted everything storm related on the project. Especially in that intersection cause it’s been a problem in the past.” Dovi said.

The price that was originally quoted by CCI totaled $503,000 Dovi said. Councilperson Michales asked why there was such a difference between the two prices mentioned, citing a difference of about $130,000.

Dovi says there have been negotiations and talks with CCI on the ability for the City of Cortland Public Works to be able to do some of the work necessary to cut costs. He also mentioned that some of the work that was quoted by CCI was not necessary (tree trimming, extended pavers, etc.).

“That [$503,000] is a high number because it includes anything we really possibly could employ on the project. We think it’s probably more in the $300s.”

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