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  • Contract for emergency action plan is signed

  • Days after the Manheim Town Council rescinded a motion to put the emergency action plan for Beaver Brook Dam out to bid a second time, town Supervisor John Haughton said the contract has been signed and delivered to the engineer. “(Dolgeville Mayor) Bruce (Lyon) and myself signed the contract and it has bee...
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  • Days after the Manheim Town Council rescinded a motion to put the emergency action plan for Beaver Brook Dam out to bid a second time, town Supervisor John Haughton said the contract has been signed and delivered to the engineer.

    “(Dolgeville Mayor) Bruce (Lyon) and myself signed the contract and it has been sent to Barton & Loguidice,” Haughton said during Tuesday evening’s council meeting. “We are waiting to hear back from them, but I expect work will begin on the plan soon.”
    The Manheim Town Council voted last week to rescind a motion to put the contract out to bid again after the Natural Resource Conservation Service notified them an inspection and management plan for the Class C high hazard dam had been completed in 2008.
    Barton & Loguidice had previously informed the council they would have to increase the cost of their $9,600 bid by $2,000 for the inclusion of an inspection and management plan, as was stated in the bid specifications. In response, the council voted to reject all of the bids it received — four in total — and to issue a new request for proposals.
    “Once they approve the contract, Barton & Loguidice will have 30 days to complete the emergency action plan, so I am anticipating we will be seeing a lot of them once they get to work,” said Haughton. “It’s going to a be busy month.”
    The village of Dolgeville 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.
    According to the contract, Barton & Loguidice will receive half payment when the plan is submitted to the DEC and the remaining half payment when the plan has been approved by the state agency. The firm has the option of requesting an additional 30 days.
    As for the $5,000 fine the village stands to receive from the DEC if the emergency action plan is not submitted, town Councilman Peter Jaikin said he agrees with the village board of trustees’ request for a hearing should the state refuse to accept their settlement offer.
    “To fine them when work is just about to begin on the plan is tough,” he said.
    The village board last week voted to offer a $100 settlement payment to the DEC.
    Trustee Larry Brandow said if the payment was not acceptable he would like to see the village go to a hearing with the DEC, as “We have just as much evidence, if not more, that says we are not the owner of the dam than they have that says we are.”
    Page 2 of 2 - In other business Tuesday evening, Haughton said a recent meeting with the Ayres Law Firm concerning the town’s need to maintain River Road went well.
    He added a file of information dating back to 1988 would be sent to the firm. Among the information is a copy of an abandonment plan, letters from Conrail and Niagara Mohawk and correspondence with the village of Dolgeville and city of Little Falls.
    “All we are looking for is a legal opinion,” he said.
    It was announced the new stickers for the town transfer station are available at the town office. Residents must have a sticker to have access to the transfer station and only one sticker is allowed per household.

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