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Final parts of North Collins water system expected up by month’s end

NORTH COLLINS — During its Feb. 4 meeting, the North Collins Village Board heard Public Works Director Mike Perry report that the final pieces of the $5 million water system upgrade are almost finished.

Perry said that a new booster station is 95 percent complete, but he noted that, with it, homes that previously suffered from low pressure will be faced with the problem of high pressure.

“Homes that used to get only 20 pounds of pressure will now get about 60 pounds,” Perry said, adding that, to alleviate the problems that this change could cause, the village has purchased pressure reduction connections that it will provide free to residents; the homeowners will be responsible for hiring a plumber to install these devices.

Perry also noted that many of the homes in the area have booster pumps; those will have to be removed, prior to the system’s being activated. He said that he has been in regular contact with the affected residents and will continue to monitor the progress.

He cautioned that the new system will begin flow water in the opposite direction; that could result in dirt entering household taps. He said that he expects such a problem to be short-lived and will be monitoring it, as well.

Perry also relayed the frustration he and residents have faced with uncleared sidewalks, this winter. “My priority has always been to plow the village streets, then the sidewalks along Main and finally the side street walks,” he said, but added that mechanical failures have hampered his crews.

“We had a lot of ice in the snow, and private contractors had very little place to put more snow. We kept hitting objects buried in the snow, such as brush piles and construction debris. Those items broke the auger in the snow blower, necessitating repairs,” he said.

Deputy Mayor Brenda Bauer-Petrus, filling in for Mayor Vincent George, told Perry that state plows have been going too fast along Main Street and have splashed snow and dirt on business store fronts.

Perry said he knows about the problem and has called the state department of transportation, each time it happens. “It affects us, too, because they are filling the sidewalks we have cleared,” he said.

In other board news:

– Dicci Montaldi was reappointed to the planning board.

– The board received the dog warden’s report, showing continued state compliance.

– The highway superintendents mutual aid agreement was approved.

– The board signed off on the commencement of an energy-saving plan project run by National Grid at the public works barn.

– Attorney Richard Schaus reported that he would meet with a landowner the next day as an easement agreement is negotiated, to allow diversion of flood waters from the village.

– Trustee Karen Denne urged seniors to look into additional sources of help with heating expenses. Those already qualifying for the Home Energy Assistance Program may be eligible for additional funds, as well.

The North Collins Village Board will next meet at 7 p.m. on March 4 at the village hall.

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