The Dolgeville Village Board of Trustees will meet with representatives of Barton & Loguidice Monday evening at 6:20 p.m. to review the emergency action plan for Beaver Brook Dam.
The meeting was scheduled after village lawmakers earlier this month raised questions over wording in the plan that stated the village was the sole owner of the dam.
Tuesday evening, Manheim Town Supervisor John Haughton said town and village officials, as well as engineers from Barton & Loguidice, will meet with representatives of the state Department of Environmental Conservation Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. in an effort to put the question of who owns the dam to rest.
“It’s frustrating because I thought this had been resolved,” Haughton said during Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Manheim Town Council. “The plan has been drawn up and is ready for submission, yet here we are again arguing over who owns the dam.”
Village officials have said the town is listed as the dam’s owner on the deed and an operation and maintenance agreement signed by the village, town and county in 2000 indicated all three entities would have a share in the dam after it was completed in 2002.
“I have never questioned that the town of Manheim is listed on the deed as the owner of the land the dam is on,” said Haughton. “My position has always been the dam was built by the village to protect the village. It’s frustrating to have to go over this again.”
Village lawmakers also questioned the operation and maintenance plan that accompanies the emergency action plan, as it also lists the village as the dam’s sole owner and states the village would budget $8,500 a year to cover costs associated with the dam’s upkeep.
“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,” Dolgeville Mayor Bruce Lyon said during a village board meeting earlier this month. “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.”
“I thought it was clear that the village was responsible for the operation and maintenance of the dam,” said Haughton. “That is how it has always been. Has the town provided the village with a tractor and a mower to use at the dam? Yes. Has the town provided manpower to help mow the dam? Yes. The town doesn’t have a problem sharing these kinds of services, but the village is responsible for the dam’s maintenance.”
The village and town hired Barton & Loguidice at a cost of $9,600 in February to develop an emergency action plan for the Class C high hazard dam.
Page 2 of 2 - 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.
The contract states the Liverpool-based firm will receive half payment when the plan is submitted to the DEC and the remaining half payment when the plan has been approved.
Haughton said the town was ready to draft a check to Barton & Loguidice for its half of the first payment. “The town reviewed the plan and was ready to approve it for submission to the DEC,” he said. “It’s frustrating that the project is on hold, but I am confident after Monday the issues will be resolved. This is going to get worked out.”
Monday afternoon’s meeting will take place at the Natural Resources Conservation Service office on state Route 5 in the town of Herkimer and Monday evening’s meeting will take place at Dolgeville Village Hall on North Main Street, Dolgeville.