By Janee Law
Northport Village trustees approved last week a $4 million bond resolution intended to fund additional improvements to the village's sanitary sewer system, including consolidation of the sewer force main under Woodbine Avenue with a new shoreline sewer pipe.
The bond resolution was approved unanimously during the March 16 trustee meeting. Village Treasurer Leonard Marchese said the village will now apply for financing from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.
Both the Woodbine Avenue and shoreline pipes are outdated, said Northport Mayor George Doll. The pipes run parallel to each other along Woodbine Avenue between 5th Avenue and Beach Avenue.
Last winter, there was a break in the force main under Woodbine Avenue and officials determined the “pipe had outlived its usefulness.” The shoreline pipe is currently visible during low tide, Doll said.
Instead of replacing both the shoreline pipe and the force main, which would have cost $8 million, Treasurer Marchese said officials decided to consolidate both the shoreline pipe and the force main with an improved shoreline pipe, cutting the cost in half.
“We’ve decided to increase the diameter for the shoreline pipe and direct all the sewage from the force main and the gravity into that pipe,” Doll said. He added that the existing 8-inch pipe will be replaced with a 12-inch pipe.
He said, “That’s going to take care of all the sewage.”
Northport Village Trustee Damon McMullen said 16 homes will need to be connected to the new shoreline pipe before the outdated shoreline pipe is abandoned.
Doll said the main under Woodbine Avenue will also be abandoned.
Doll said construction for the project is estimated to start in late summer or early fall.
Officials could not give an estimated completion date.