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The Times
  • Village seeks to meet with engineers on Beaver Brook plan

  • Concerned with language in the emergency action plan for Beaver Brook Dam, the Dolgeville village board would like to meet with representatives of Barton & LoGuidice before they authorize Mayor Bruce Lyon to sign it.

    Specifically, the trustees and Department of Public Works Superintendent John Houle raised questions over wording that stated the village of Dolgeville owned the dam.

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  • Concerned with language in the emergency action plan for Beaver Brook Dam, the Dolgeville village board would like to meet with representatives of Barton & LoGuidice before they authorize Mayor Bruce Lyon to sign it.
    Specifically, the trustees and Department of Public Works Superintendent John Houle raised questions over wording that stated the village of Dolgeville owned the dam.
    “The town of Manheim is listed as the dam’s owner on the deed and the operation and maintenance agreement signed by the village, town and county in 2000 indicated all three entities would have some share in the dam after it was completed in 2002,” village Attorney Norman Mastromoro said during Monday evening’s village board meeting. “Nothing has changed, so to list the village as the owner is wrong,” added Houle.
    The operation and maintenance plan that accompanies the emergency action plan also lists the village of Dolgeville as the dam’s owner and states the village would budget $8,500 a year to cover costs associated with the upkeep of the earthen structure.
    “Not only do I have questions about how the ownership of the dam was determined, but I have questions about how they determined the $8,500 figure,” said Lyon. “At the start of this the village made it clear that it did not want to take this project on and have the state or anyone else come back with more because they believe Dolgeville owns the dam.”
    The board has tentatively scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. on Monday, April 29, to meet with representatives of Barton & LoGuidice to review the plan.
    “The issue is that the state has the village listed as the owner of the dam,” said Trustee Gary Luther. “Until that is changed, I don’t know what can be done.”
    The village and the town of Manheim hired the Liverpool-based firm at a cost of $9,600 in February to develop an emergency action plan for the Class C high hazard dam.
    The village was put on notice by the state Department of Environmental Conservation in January 2012 it did not have an emergency action plan for Beaver Brook Dam on file in Albany. The town and village in November agreed to each pay half the cost for the development of the plan. The request for proposals was issued in December and the contract to complete the plan was awarded to Barton & Loguidice in January.
    As for the $5,000 fine the village stands to receive from the DEC if the emergency action plan is not submitted, Mastromoro said Monday evening he has not received a response from the state on the village’s offer of a $100 settlement payment.
    “I don’t know if the offer was acceptable or not,” he said.
    In other business Monday evening, the board adopted Local Law No. 2 of 2013 for presentation during a public hearing on Monday, May 20. The law updates the village’s sewer use law.
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