Dundee village officials are taking steps toward two major municipal projects that residents should see taking shape in 2020.

The first is the Gateway Streetscape Improvement project, which will transform much of the village’s core along Water, Main, and Union Streets.

In January 2018, the village board approved an agreement with Barton & Louguidice engineering firm for developing a Gateway Streetscape Improvement Project which will introduce elements along Main and Water Street to calm traffic, improve pedestrian accommodations, reduce untreated stormwater runoff, relieve stress on the village’s storm sewer system, reduce inflow into the village’s sanitary sewer system and address damage and safety hazards caused by standing water.

A $1.3 million state grant will be the main source of funding for the project.

Once the project is complete, the village,  incorporated in 1848, will be one of the first in the area to have a downtown that incorporates porous asphalt driveway aprons, pervious flexi-pave within pedestrian corridors, stormwater infiltration trees, biorentention bump outs, and other elements to alleviate safety hazards for pedestrians.

The project was advertised for bids this summer, but only two were received, and both were over the planned budget.

The board agreed Oct. 8 to re-advertise for bids on an amended project. The bids will be opened in November, and a contract will be awarded Dec. 10. Construction could begin as early as April 2020 and continue next year until November, then resume in the spring of 2021. Construction should be complete in 2022.

The second project is construction of a new wastewater treatment plant and improvements to the village’s sewer mains.

The improved wastewater treatment plant will include a new sequential batch reactor, and an ultraviolet disinfection system along with general updates and improvements to existing buildings. Plans have been amended to include sludge dewatering and composting as an alternative to land-spreading liquid sludge.

The village has been awarded grants totaling $2.7 million, an interest-free financing package of $5.2 million, and a short term financial package of $268,000. Two other applications for $4.3 million have been submitted to New York Empire State Development and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Dundee’s treatment plant impacts Big Stream, a major tributary to Seneca Lake.