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Utica, Deerfield announce shared services agreement to combat flooding

Posted 6/3/22

Utica and the town of Deerfield have entered into a shared services agreement to improve infrastructure on the North Utica/Deerfield border to reduce the impact of flooding.

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Utica, Deerfield announce shared services agreement to combat flooding

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Utica and the town of Deerfield have entered into a shared services agreement to improve infrastructure on the North Utica/Deerfield border to reduce the impact of flooding.

The shared services agreement facilitates work to be done in the Beaton Drive/Cedarbrook Crescent area in coordination and partnership of both municipalities.

“With this collaboration with the City of Utica, residents in both the Town of Deerfield and the City of Utica will benefit,” said Town of Deerfield Supervisor Scott Mahardy.

“We look forward to continuing this collaboration for future stormwater projects. We are very thankful for this partnership,” Mahardy added.

The project addresses a lingering issue and will improve the storm system’s ability to efficiently capture and function at full capacity.

The project consists of the re-establishment of private drainage ditches, re-alignment of the underground pipe and modifications to the system.

Local officials say the goal of the project is to mitigate frequent overland flooding at the North Utica/Deerfield border, preserve property for residents, promote safety, and reduce road closures during heavy rain events.

“We have an obligation to work collaboratively with our neighbors to improve the quality of life for those we serve,” said Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri.

“I thank the Town of Deerfield
for their partnership and helping to address an important issue that impacts many
residents. We are hopeful this project will reduce the impact of flooding in several
neighborhoods,” the Utica mayor added.

In order for the project to come to fruition, the city had to obtain easement access approval from several property owners.

The project is scheduled to commence on Monday, June 6 at the downstream outlet and will proceed towards the drainage ditch behind Cedarbrook Crescent.

It is estimated the project will take two weeks to complete.

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