WEST CARTHAGE — Newly promoted Department of Public Works superintendent Timothy Turck reported to the village Board of Trustees at Monday’s meeting on a water meter test and the purchase of a front-end loader.
Mr. Turck said a test on the 6-inch meter at Carthage Speciality Paperboard, formerly Climax Manufacturing, showed discrepancies and was found to be malfunctioning. The testing through EJP, formerly E.J. Prescott Inc., of Syracuse, cost $625. The village board agreed to pay the bill for testing contingent on Carthage Speciality Paperboard purchasing the recommended four inch meter.
Under the village water ordinance, utility users must pay for meters larger than ¾ inches. The ordinance also recommends the 4-inch unit comply with the system.
Mr. Turck also reported on the pending purchase of a front end loader. With none available through the state Office of General Services, the purchase was made through a federal program, the National Joint Power Alliance which allows for purchase without going through the bid process. The purchase from Monroe Tractor of North Syracuse at a cost of $68,334 with trade in was approved by the board.
The DPW head also reported he had investigated a flooding complaint from a Liberty Street resident. Lori Elliott had said water settling on her property drew mosquitos. Mr. Turck said the pipe and gravel which had previously been installed was working properly and drawing the water away from the property toward the creek.
“We are doing everything we can,” Mr. Turck said, noting he would double-check the property lines to ensure the pipe is on village property.