SARANAC LAKE - The village Board of Trustees has given village Manager John Sweeney and other village staff the go-ahead to seek an engineering firm that will assess the infrastructure damage caused by this year's spring flooding.
A request for proposals drafted by the village says the engineering consultant will be responsible for conducting damage assessments for all village infrastructure, recommending repair or replacement, providing cost estimates and assisting the village in its interactions with state and federal emergency management officials.
Beginning in mid-April, a combination of heavy rain and snowmelt resulted in record-high water levels in Lake Flower and the Saranac River. The flooding caused an estimated $6 million in damage to public infrastructure in the village, including the wastewater treatment plant, retaining walls, sewer lines, bridges, Hydro Point Park and the River Walk. Village officials say the full extent of the damage is still unknown because water levels have remained high.
Sweeney said he's hoping to get proposals from interested engineering firms in time for the next village board meeting on June 13.
In other business Monday, the village board hired the LA Group to assist in the development of a comprehensive plan and land-use code. They'll be tasked with melding the village's current 1988 comprehensive plan with a new one developed by a committee of volunteers and later revised by the village board. The comprehensive plan will serve as the framework for the new land-use code.
The LA Group was one of 13 consulting firms that submitted proposals and was recommended by a board-appointed advisory committee that interviewed several the firms. They'll be paid $71,965. The village has a $75,000 state grant to cover the cost of the work.
The board also agreed to sign a contract with AES Northeast of Plattsburgh for $9,340 in survey work on a proposed sewer line replacement project on Old Lake Colby Road. The work is part of the planned upgrade of the Niagara Mohawk sewer pump station near Lake Colby, which the village is under a state Department of Environmental Conservation consent order to perform.
Trustees also agreed to seek bids for electrical work and lift tower foundation work associated with the Mount Pisgah T-bar project.