Fall Harvest Festival!   Saturday October 7th from 10am - 2pm at Lakeside Park. 

TEM 2: Construction Notice:

Construction has started on a water main installation on Lakeside Drive.  Expect traffic delays in the coming weeks.  The project is expected to be complete by the end of November.   

To our Oakwood and Lakeside Drive residents,

My name is Mark Aurich, your new(er) Public Works Director. It has been my utmost pleasure to serve the Town for the last two short years. You may have noticed much activity in your area lately! I would like to take a moment to answer some questions for you on two of our many projects. We are installing a new water main along Lakeside Drive, from Pickwick Drive to Palm Drive. There are several reasons behind this project:  

*  The first reason is to provide Town water service to the residents along Lakeside Drive.
*  The second is to provide fire protection in the form of hydrants where none had been previously.
*  Third is to provide a secondary source of water to the general Oakwood area, thus increasing reliability and boosting pressures slightly.
*  Fourth is to eliminate several dead-end lines, thus improving water quality in the overall area.

Residents may hook up to Town water on their timeline. We will provide a meter pit in front of each residence. The property owner can then pay a connection fee and Clerk fees. A contractor, of which there are many, should be hired by each resident to complete the home hookup. There is no timeline for you to do this.

For our Oakwood residents, a complete rehabilitation of the sewage lift station on Oakwood Circle is being reengineered at this time. The original plan as written was found to be lacking in several ways, not the least of which was the impact on the surrounding residents. The Town has sent the engineering group back to the drawing board for Plan B. This should be completed within two weeks with construction starting immediately after. We will be rehabilitating the existing pump vault, replacing all pumps, piping, and controls, adding a new valve vault, and hopefully replacing and rerouting the existing force main. Construction could take two to three months with complete restoration taking place in the spring, with repaving of the street as well.

In these projects we will make every effort to minimize disruptions to your daily activities. We will only close or restrict traffic when necessary for the safety of our crews and to expedite the installation. We ask for your patience and understanding during these busy times.

I would be glad to meet or talk to anyone on these projects. Feel free to reach out by phone or in person at my office. Or if a group would like to meet on site, I would be glad to do so as well.


Mark Aurich/Public Works Director
Town of Syracuse