Association lauds local projects

LeRay, Evans Mills, Champion garner public works awards

Town of LeRay Supervisor Ronald C. Taylor accepts a project of the year award from Joseph Wisinksi at the Central New York American Public Works Association annual awards banquet last fall. Photo by Bova Photography/Special to NNY Business

Serving 520 households, the town of LeRay’s Water District 4 project completed this fall was nominated as a 2012 Environmental Project of the Year at the Central New York American Public Works Association’s annual awards banquet in November. Other north country municipal projects that garnered awards included the town of Champion’s consolidated water supply project, and the expansion of the CREDO Community Center in Evans Mills to be used for a rehabilitation program for young men at the residential facility.

Designed by Watertown engineering firm Bernier, Carr & Associates, the massive $7.7 million project was approved by voters in 2009 and completed this fall. Bordering Fort Drum property and the commercial district along Route 11, the water distribution traverses multiple town, county and state roads in the town to create a more efficient and sustainable system, said town engineer Kris D. Dimmick from Bernier, Carr & Associates.

The town acquired a $2 million grant from the state Environmental Facilities Corp. for the project.

“The project literally connected the town’s 20-year-old water district on Route 11 with the major commercial corridor out to Fort Drum,” he said. “It’s interconnected so that everyone gets a better water supply using a redundant system. It gives operators more flexibility to operate, and from a user standpoint if there are problems with one area, you can get water from another.”

Because of the system’s efficient design, Mr. Dimmick said, the town will also save money by using more of its well water rather than buying water from the city. Before the system was built, most residents in the district used drilled wells for their domestic water supply that needed to be routinely serviced.

As the largest water district in LeRay, the system was built using more than 85,000 lineal feet of water mains and over 58,000 linear feet of water services. “If you took the total length of the trenches built, it would stretch from the town of Evans Mills to the lighthouse on Tibbetts Point Lighthouse in Cape Vincent,” he said.

The expansion of the Credo Community Center, a residential facility in Evans Mills for those who need substance abuse treatment, was selected as a 2012 Facilities Project of the Year. Designed by Bernier, Car & Associates, the expansion will be used by young men at the center. Work included expanded dining services, more office space, complete septic system replacement, exterior improvements, and the addition of a large room to be used for instructional and recreational activities.

In addition, the Town of Champion was named a 2012 Environmental Project of the Year for its consolidated water supply project, which included the construction of two new groundwater sources, transmission piping and a treatment building to serve three water districts that encompass about 200 households in total.

Ted Booker is a Johnson Newspapers staff writer. Contact him at or 661-2371.