Water agency passes on cementing Fire Island contract

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Suffolk Water Authority last week voted down a proposal from Saltaire Village which would allow the agency to link different parts of its water system in Kismet and Fair Harbor through the village when they learned it would cost $1 million in cement.

The problem, according to authority officials, is that they would have had to pay a $1.1 million share of a $2.2 million cost to rebuild village sidewalks, after putting in about $400,000 worth of pipe.

“It came down to to a budgetary issue,” said James Gaughran, authority chairman of the 5-0 vote. “It would have given us some operational improvement but it wouldn’t have helped many customers.”

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