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Power Authority Awards Contracts Totaling More Than $4 Million to Two Northern New York Firms

Paul DeMichele

July 28, 2009


MASSENA—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel today announced the competitive award of two contracts to firms in Northern New York, totaling more than $4 million. The work that the companies will conduct is in support of the Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area at the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project and other recreational and habitat improvement projects in the area. 

“These contracts will not only provide key services to the Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area at NYPA’s St. Lawrence project, they will also promote Northern New York business activity,” Kessel said. “The action taken by our Board of Trustees today is a further example of the Power Authority’s efforts in stimulating the North Country’s economy. Over the last several years, NYPA has awarded a number of contracts to local firms and we look forward to continuing that practice in the future.” 

The contracts were awarded to Perras Excavating of Massena, for work within the Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area, and Bernier Carr and Associates of Watertown, for construction management services. 

Perras Excavating was awarded a contract of approximately $3.2 million for work installing a new dike with a water control structure to separate two wildlife ponds. The contractor will also provide a new pump house to enhance water level control in the ponds throughout the Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area.

Bernier Carr and Associates was awarded a contract of approximately $1 million to oversee the construction of new recreational facilities and habitat improvement projects in the St. Lawrence-FDR project area—including the work at Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area being performed by Perras Excavating—and stabilize areas of the St. Lawrence project shoreline.

In late 2003, the NYPA Trustees authorized a total of $169 million for expenditures relating to compliance with the new federal operating license at the St. Lawrence-FDR project, which includes the costs of construction management for recreational and environmental projects.

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