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The Times
  • Beaver Brook Dam ownership clarified

  • The Dolgeville Village Board of Trustees put the question of who owns Beaver Brook Dam to rest Monday evening.

    Village officials, representatives of the town of Manheim and engineers from Barton & Loguidice met with representatives of the state Department of Environmental Conservation Monday afternoon to resolve the question of who owns the dam.

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  • The Dolgeville Village Board of Trustees put the question of who owns Beaver Brook Dam to rest Monday evening.
    Village officials, representatives of the town of Manheim and engineers from Barton & Loguidice met with representatives of the state Department of Environmental Conservation Monday afternoon to resolve the question of who owns the dam.
    “The DEC is not interested in who takes care of the dam, all they want is a lead agent who will be the main contact for the Beaver Brook Dam emergency action plan,” said Dolgeville Mayor Bruce Lyon.” According to the deed in Herkimer County, the town of Manheim is the owner of the dam, but since the dam protects the village of Dolgeville, the village has decided to be the lead agent and contact for the emergency action plan.”
    Village Attorney Norman Mastromoro said to avoid future confusion regarding ownership of the dam the DEC wants to see an agreement between the village and the town clarifying the ownership and who would assume dam responsibilities.
    “The DEC does not want to go through the question of ownership again and their attorney said it was clear the town was the owner, but the village can be brought into the picture and if that is decided the litigation within the Beaver Brook Dam emergency action plan must be re-worded to comply with the agreement,” he said.
    Mastromoro introduced a proposed agreement with language determining the owner, lead contact and maintenance. He also noted the financial responsibilities need to be discussed and agreed upon within the contract as well.
    For the 2013 - 2014 fiscal year, the village put $2,500 in to the Beaver Brook Dam fund.
    Since the village and the town will work together, the village asked Manheim Town Supervisor John Haughton if the town could match the $2,500 to fund the dam’s maintenance or emergency work that would have to be done in the future.
    Although Haughton was present at the meeting he could not make a decision without approval from the Manheim Town Council.
    A meeting between the Dolgeville village board and the Manheim Town Council to discuss and finalize the Beaver Brook Dam agreement is set for May 16 at 7 p.m.
    In other business, the village decided to go along with recommendations made by C.T. Male Associates for the inflow and infiltration project.
    Chet Szymanski, a representative of C.T. Male Associates, said the project consists of constructing a gas storage bubble to increase efficiency at the wastewater treatment plant and the replacement of pipes and lining in the sanitary collection sewer system.
    Alx Hunter Excavating, of Little Falls, was chosen out of three bidders as general contractor for the gas bubble and replacement of the lining and storm sewer work.
    Page 2 of 2 - Jablonski Excavating, of St. Johnsville, was chosen for the mechanical contract for replacement of the boiler and heater exchanger at the plant.
    Work at the wastewater treatment plant is expected to begin by the end of May.

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