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December 1, 2004      


Signing Ceremony for Central Dutchess Water Pipeline

Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Chairman of the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority Thomas LeGrand hosted a Signing Ceremony on Wednesday, December 1, 2004 at the offices of the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority in Poughkeepsie.  The contracts and agreements are next steps to move the Central Dutchess Water Pipeline project forward.

Dutchess County will contribute $10.86 million toward the $33.25 million infrastructure project to be constructed, owned and operated by the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority.  To date, the WWA has completed agreements with IBM and Poughkeepsies’ Joint Water Board for the sale of water for use by IBM and other municipalities, and the Construction Contribution Agreement for IBM to provide funding in the amount of $11.375 million toward the project.

“Today is a monumental day for Dutchess County as we begin to implement what will be the largest infrastructure initiative in the County’s history,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “There has been an enormous effort to get us where we are today which will both promote and maintain economic development for the County and serve as a significant safeguard of the health of our residents by providing an alternative to existing ground water supplies,” Steinhaus exclaimed.

The Central Dutchess Water Pipeline will run 13 miles from Poughkeepsie to East Fishkill and will be capable of carrying 10 million gallons of water per day.  The line will transport water from the Hudson River to the already developed south central Dutchess area.  This water source will support existing and future residential and commercial investment in local communities, including the $2.6 billion chip fabrication manufacturing facility at the IBM Hudson Valley Research Park.       -more-

Chairman of the Water and Wastewater Authority, Thomas LeGrand said, “This water line is visionary and going in the right place at the right time.  It is one project that serves the categories of both economic development and community development.”

Signatories were joined by Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature Bradford Kendall and guests from neighboring municipalities through which the Pipeline will travel including City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Nancy Cozean, Town of Poughkeepsie Supervisor Joseph Davis, Town of LaGrange Supervisor George Wade III as well as a number of other partners who have seen the project to fruition. 

To begin construction the WWA will now award five construction contracts for the building and operation of the pipeline.  Through the completion of a competitive bid process, the following contracts will be executed.
 
Cruz Construction Corporation  Pipeline Construction   $18,273,598

Waltech Construction Corp.  Pump Station General Contractor $  3,189,525

Tri-Co Electric Corporation  Pump Station Electric   $     774,000

C.B. Strain & Son, Inc.   Pump Station HVAC   $     197,200

S & O Construction Services, Inc. Pump Station Plumbing   $       98,675


In addition, Steinhaus plans to develop a Mid-County Rail Trail, atop the pipeline, which will follow the old Maybrook rail line, through four communities—Poughkeepsie, LaGrange, Wappinger and East Fishkill.  “The Rail Trail will become one of our most used recreational facilities for the families of our County and I can’t wait for it to be built to add to our already great list of places to visit in Dutchess County,” said Steinhaus.

New York State will provide $11.25 million to the waterline project in an agreement that was signed in the County Executive’s office in October 2004 and the Town of East Fishkill, lead by Supervisor Peter Idema, will also contribute $250,000 in local funding.

The Central Dutchess Water Pipeline is scheduled for completion in 2006.

 



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