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Councilors Terry Cuddy, left, and Dia Carabajal listen during the Auburn City Council meeting Thursday. 

AUBURN — The city of Auburn plans to bond for an additional $800,000 to finish off the reconstruction of Auburn's water distribution system along North Street.

The plan for the added funding was laid out Thursday during the Auburn City Council meeting. According to a description of the project, the supplemental funds will go toward the installation of a new 12-inch water main from the intersection of York and North streets to Quarry Road. 

This is a further expansion to the initial scope of the project. Originally, the city council authorized a bond of a little over $1 million in April 2016 to replace over 2,000 feet of pipes on North Street from Carpenter and York streets and York Street from North to Wiley streets. Then, in October 2017, the city bonded for an additional $1.5 million to replace an additional 1,000 feet of water infrastructure on York Street between Willey Street and the Chase Street extension in order to mitigate a series of water-main breaks that cost NUCOR Steel $300,000 in lost production

If this most recent bond is approved by the council, it will bring the total project cost up to $3 million, offset by a $627,000 grant. The council will vote to authorize the bond during its May 17 meeting. 

In other news 

• Several Cayuga County veterans approached the city council for help replacing the engraved pavers at Veterans Memorial Park. 

The stones, Treasurer of the Cayuga County Korean War Veteran's Association Lyell Brown said, are so eroded that some of the names engraved on them are no longer visible. The current stones are made of cement, which has not held up very well to the Auburn weather, Bill Androsko of Four Seasons Memorials said. 

The veterans proposed replacing all the pavers with brownstone, which will be much more durable than cement, Androsko said. Their plan is to replace around 100 stones at a time, starting next month. They currently have the funding to replace at least the first 100 stones, which would cost around $2,600. At this proposed rate, the project will take 10 years to complete.

Director of the Cayuga County Veteran's Service Agency Larry Wilt said he has received numerous phone calls from veterans and their families who can no longer read the stones they purchased. 

"I've been all over the world and I've seen other memorial parks for veterans and we have one of the best in the United States of America," Wilt said. "I want to keep it that way." 

In response to the veterans' request, Councilor Debby McCormick said, "I'm sure we're willing to help. It just depends how much." 

Staff writer Natalie Brophy can be reached at (315)282-2239 or natalie.brophy@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @brophy_natalie

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