Swanton Project Add-Ons Deemed Worth the Cost by Village Council

The Swanton Village Council agreed to have enhanced add-ons to three current projects which will all result in an additional combined cost of just over $400,000.  Each enhancement was deemed necessary and would serve to save the Village money in the long run.

For the Membrane Project for the Water and Sewer plant it was decided to upgrade the plant’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system that gathers and analyzes real time data.  It allows operations and management to be monitored and automated through the system.  The upgrade would allow for more efficient treatment and streamline reporting and the chemical feed modifications would allow for more precise chemical feeding.  The increased cost for this upgrade will be $152,435.

Regarding Project 8 & 9 Sewer Separation, it was discovered after the original estimate that a large portion of the road surface on West Garfield that is higher slopes toward the right-of-way and needed to be corrected to have positive drainage to the roadway.  The original cut of six inches needed to lower the roadway will now be 18 inches which will cost an additional $252,000.

The upgrade for the Phase 2 Meter Update Project involves switching from an AMR (Automatic Meter Reading) system which allows for readings to be acquired by driving by residences to an AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) system will allow for readings to be transmitted electronically through a communication device.  The Village will choose the reading date and the readings will then be uploaded to the current billing system.  The AMI system would also have a Customer Engagement Portal where customers could monitor their usage in real time.  This upgrade will add $90,000 to the project along with an annual maintenance fee of $9,950 but will also result in an annual labor savings of $17,000.

In New Business, upon the request of Mona Dyke, President of the Swanton Historical Society (SHS), the Council agreed to have Councilman Dave Pilliod represent the Village on the SHS’s committee related to the proposed railroad park project.  Mr. Pilliod will act as the Village’s liaison to the committee and keep the Council informed of the project’s progress.

The next Council meeting will be held on February 22, 2021 at a time and location yet to be determined.

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