Published By: Livingston County News
LIMA – The Village of Lima was recently recognized with a Local Government Achievement Award from the New York State Conference of Mayors.
The awards program, in its 33rd year, recognized Lima for its new water system upgrade. The award was presented at NYCOM’s Annual Meeting on May 18 in Bolton Landing.
“The Village of Lima is to be commended for its desire to improve the village through innovation, partnerships and hard work. This water system upgrade is a great example of how local officials continue to work diligently to enhance their communities and the quality-of-life for their residents,” NYCOM President Francis Murray, mayor of Rockville Centre, said in a statement.
The Village of Lima was awarded a nearly $2.4 million Water Infrastructure Improvement grant in 2020 that funded the replacement of more than a mile of water mains and the installation of new fire hydrants and valves to significantly increase the amount of water that the system can provide to firefighters.
The project included the creation of an emergency supply line between Lima to East Avon, which featured the most innovative aspect of the water system upgrade: an automatic valve between the Village of Lima and the Town of Avon water systems that continuously monitors and adjusts when water pressure on either side is low.
The emergency line from East Avon to Lima was built to provide a backup water supply for both areas in case it was ever needed.
The replacement of water mains replaced corroded 4-inch pipes with 12-inch pipes, which will improve fire safety and increase water pressure in hydrants.
The village received a grant of $2,398,200 toward the planned water infrastructure project. The grant, written by the MRB Group, was expected to cover about 60% of the project’s cost, which was estimated at $3.997 million.
The project replaced an outdated water main on Rochester Street, updated the undersized water main on College Street between Genesee Street and the Lima School, and repaired and painted the water tower. The project also included adding an emergency water supply line from the Avon water tower on West Main Road to the village water main at the village pump house on West Main Road.
The award was presented at NYCOM’s Annual Meeting on May 18 in Bolton Landing.