State Agency to Help Fund Town Campground Upgrades

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April 15, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

30-amp sites at Lisbon Town Campground

A project to repair electrical problems and increase power capacity at several town campground sites in Lisbon, N.Y., will go out to bid Monday (April 18).

Lisbon Supervisor James W. Armstrong said the project will address recurring power problems and increase the hookup amperage at several sites at the Lisbon Town Campground on Route 37. The estimated cost is $91,000, The Watertown Daily Times reported.

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) funded engineering for the project and pledged $20,000 toward construction.

Armstrong and fellow town council members negotiated the agreement with NYPA over the past several months. He said he looks forward to taking the next step.

"I am glad things are moving ahead, and for the help we have received from the authority," he said. "So far, they've been very fair and very approachable."

Part of the work will remedy electrical problems at the campground that stemmed from improperly buried power lines during a NYPA-supervised and funded project as part of NYPA's relicensing settlement to operate the St. Lawrence-FDR power dam in Massena.

Additional funding for the project will come from a pool of more than $200,000 from NYPA land sales that also were negotiated during the relicensing.

The funds can be used only for community-development projects within the town.

The board awaits cost estimates for a second project phase, installing power lines for 13 new sites at the campground.

NYPA has agreed to fund engineering costs for the electrical portion of this project, as well.

Armstrong said the second phase likely would not be completed this season, but he expects the first phase to be finished in late spring or early summer.

Engineering for both phases will be performed by Aubertine and Currier Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors LLC, Watertown.

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