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Heuvelton looks for help to crack down on speeding

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HEUVELTON - Speed demons are being put on notice.

After several complaints about speeding motorists from Rensselaer Street residents near the intersection with East Water Street and the village line, the village board has determined to take action.

Mayor Barbara A. Lashua said at Wednesday’s board meeting that she is going to send a letter to the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office asking for increased enforcement.

Mrs. Lashua said she will request the same of state police.

The village speed limit is 30 miles per hour, a limit posted on signs at the village entrances, Department of Public Works Superintendent Timothy Murray said.

But the prominent speed limit postings are evidently not enough to dissuade some motorists.

Mrs. Lashua said the primary issue is people who don’t slow down as they come into the village.

Mr. Murray said most law enforcement concentrate their efforts along Route 812, with state police often parked near the village entrances to catch speeders.

The village is going to recommend the Sheriff’s Office and state police include Rensselaer Street in their patrols around the village.

Mr. Murray noted that there are plenty of good locations for officers to park their cars along that street.

Mrs. Lashua also said Wednesday that the village’s sewer project is still scheduled to begin in the spring, with electrical upgrades at the sewer treatment plant beginning this winter.

The project, which is slated to cost just over $2 million, will see roughly 10,000 feet of gravity-fed sewers and 75 manholes replaced. Two pumping stations will also be upgraded and a double-grinder pumping station will be installed.

Reale Construction, Ticonderoga, is the contractor for the project, Mrs. Lashua said.

The project is being funded by several sources. The village aquired a $700,000 interest-free loan through the state Environmental Facilities Corporation, the state’s Empire State Development Corp. is providing an additional $500,000 incentive for the project and the rest of the funding will come from an EFC grant.

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