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Huntington officials to bond for water, sewer, building fixes

The Huntington Town Board has approved plans to seek nearly $4.8 million in bonds for improvements to the Dix Hills and Greenlawn water districts and the Huntington Sewer District, as well as funding for a variety of improvements to town property, town officials said.

“These resolutions reflect borrowing for needed capital projects and durable equipment purchases ... that will benefit Town residents for years to come,” Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said in statement, noting the equipment purchases were previously approved in the 2017 budget.

The largest in this latest round of bonding is for more than $1.7 million to expand and improve one of the plants in the Dix Hills Water district. The town also will seek a $500,000 bond to replace water meters in the Greenlawn Water District.

Town board members unanimously in a 5-0 vote, approved the water district bonding proposals at its May 9 meeting.

Councilman Gene Cook, an independent, was the sole “no” vote on every other bond resolution, including the second-largest new bond application for $900,000 in improvements to the Huntington Sewer District to replace the sludge press and sludge conveyor at the plant.

Cook did not return a call seeking comment Monday. He has voted against many bond resolutions in years past and been critical of them, because they create new debt for the town.

Town officials also plan to spend $800,000 on improvements to town buildings and facilities for standard maintenance, said A.J. Carter, a spokesman for Town Supervisor Frank Petrone.

Other items to be bonded include $250,000 for a new payloader at the Department of General Services, $150,000 for parking lot maintenance, $150,000 for resurfacing athletic courts at several town parks, and $150,000 for fencing around town.

Town officials also are to seek a $150,000 bond for improvements in the Consolidated Refuse District, including the acquisition of two packer truck bodies.

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