Livermore Falls board approves borrowing money for new sewer line

LIVERMORE FALLS – The Select Board on Tuesday approved borrowing up to $50,000 for the engineering and design work of a new sewer line along National Route 17.

The Maine Department of Transportation is expected to issue a tender for the highway reconstruction project in March 2024. Work is expected to begin in July, Sewer Superintendent Mark Holt said.

The project will begin at the railroad crossing near the Union Street intersection and extend to Shuy Corner at the intersection of State Roads 17 and 133, a distance of just over a mile. The new line will be approximately 7,000 feet long.

Topsham engineers’ Wright-Pierce proposal is $45,730, Holt said.

The national highway project requires the improvement of the sewage system to be integrated seamlessly into the state construction tender document. Development of the Wright-Pierce design will require close coordination with state designers, according to the engineering firm’s letter sent to Holt.

The company’s scope of work includes assisting the city in obtaining financing for the project, providing detailed design plans to be incorporated into the state’s tender document, and coordinating the design of the sewer system with planned improvements to be undertaken with the Livermore Falls Water District.

It sounds pretty good for getting grants, but there are no guarantees, Holt said.

Once permanent financing was secured, the loan would be repaid. Holt estimated the loan will likely last 18 months.

Coach Jim Long asked why $50,000 is needed if the engineering work is estimated at $45,730.

Holt said there may be legal fees associated with the project.

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