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In a carefully-crafted statement, Batavia City Manager Jason Molino revealed that milling and paving may soon begin on the North Street sewer repair project – which would bring the nearly 4-month-old nightmare to an end for local residents.

Molino today confirmed that primary contractor Tom Greenauer Development has told him they will begin paving Thursday, and continue on Friday and Monday. This comes after the project has extended to nearly twice its projected length. The sewer replacement began in July and was supposed to be completed by early September.

"I want to ensure the residents that the City is taking every step to make certain that the contractor completes the project this construction season; that work is performed properly, and in the best interests of the City's residents," Molino stated.

In a separate interview, Molino declined comment on any legal proceedings the city might be involved in regarding the project. Just yesterday, a representative with Tom Greenauer Development confirmed that the company "will probably be facing litigation" over the late project, though he would not specify who might bring suit, or against whom it might be brought.

Molino says the only city resource being affected by the late project are DPW employees, who are often sent to the project site to turn water on or off to residences. He said that's not out of ordinary for any infrastructure project.

 

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