The village of Gilbertsville will host an information session on the water system upgrade with a tour beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

Mayor Mark Muller and Engineer Jack Dodson will host the tour and answer questions. 

Muller, who took over as mayor in April, said the $5.5 million project has been a village need for nearly a decade.

"The beginning of this project stretches, I think, two mayors back before me," he said. 

However, with work beginning this year and scheduled until next spring, Muller said he thought it would be a good time to show residents what work is taking place and assure them it won't destroy the village budget.

"This is mostly coming from grants, but we did take out a small loan," he said. 

Residents interested on taking the tour should meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18, in front of the Butternut Valley Grange Hall at 6 Bloom St. A Gilbertsville-Mount Upton school bus will provide transportation for the tour.

The bus will return to the Grange Hall about 6:30 p.m. for a meeting and light refreshments in the basement. Muller said he will talk about the finances for the project. 

"Things just sometimes happen when people talk," he said, "so I thought it would be good to get everyone together, get the Grange and the school involved. I just want people to know what is going on." 

The work has begun with old pipes being dug up and replaced, Muller said. A new water tank has been installed, and it includes a filter system to cut down on the manganese in the water. Work is scheduled to continue through the fall and pick up next spring. It is scheduled to end in April, but the completion date could be pushed back, depending on winter weather, Muller said. 

There will also be a village meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, July 15, at the village office. Muller said Dodson will also attend the village meeting, and will be available to answer questions both days.