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WEST CARTHAGE — Following a moment of silence to honor John A. Lawrence, Carthage/West Carthage Water Pollution Control Facility senior mechanic who died recently, the board went into executive session to discuss a collective bargaining issue.

When it resumed its regular session, the board authorized Carthage President G. Wayne McIlroy and village Mayor Scott M. Burto to sign an agreement with Teamsters Union Local 687 to return Gregory Pinkham to work as an operator-trainee.

In January, the board decided to lay off Mr. Pinkham because of a lack of work. A grievance was filed by the union in February and later referred to binding arbitration through the state Public Employment Relations Board.

Mr. Lawrence’s death prompted Mr. Pinkham’s reinstatement Friday. The agreement will include a payment of $2,000, minus required withholdings, in return for his willingness to settle the matters regarding the PERB demand for arbitration case and PERB improper practice charge. The second charge dealt with the sewer plant staff’s change of hauling sludge by using an outside source. The board decided to outsource the sludge disposal after a financial analysis showed savings to the villages.

During the May 21 meeting, the board authorized chief plant operator Bart Crary to advertise the 1996 International dump truck with a minimum bid of $5,000 and a 2001 Dodge pickup truck, previously declared surplus equipment, on Auctions International. The board also accepted a bid from John Allen Sanitation Service, Ellisburg, for the hauling of dewatered sludge from the sewer plant to the Rodman landfill at a cost of $217 per trip.

In other business, the board:

n Accepted bids for high calcium quicklime at $178 per ton from Oldcastle Stone Products of Lee, Mass.

n Accepted bids from Slack Chemical Co. Inc., Carthage, for 12.5 percent sodium hypochloride at $2.22 per gallon; polyaluminium chloride, $2.99 per gallon; StaFloc 8420 polymer, $14.55 per gallon; StaFloc 8827 polymer, $13.21 per gallon, and liquid aluminum, $1.99 per gallon.

n Under the best-value policy, accepted insurance quotes from Trident, represented by Fuller Insurance Agency Inc., Carthage, for $15,485.77, which included Terrorism Risk Act Insurance.

The board also received a quote from Selective, represented by Haylor, Freyer and Coon Insurance of Watertown, for $15,023.93. Chairman Michael F. Astafan expressed the desire to spend taxpayers’ money locally.

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