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Deferiet hires water plant consultant

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DEFERIET — To comply with state Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health regulations, the village has hired a consultant for its water treatment plant.

Since the dismissal of a village Department of Public Works employee two months ago, the village has not had a qualified wastewater operator. To fill the void until village DPW employee Travis Intorcia is trained and licensed for the position, James Saffin has been hired to oversee the operation of the water treatment plant. According to village Mayor Janet M. Zando, Mr. Saffin will work flexible hours around his duties with the village of Philadelphia. He was hired at a rate of $30 per hour, working approximately 10 to 15 hours per week.

In moving forward with the joint water project with the village of Herrings, the Deferiet Board of Trustees approved a revised resolution to invoke eminent domain. The original resolution omitted a state Environmental Quality Review Act determination.

Despite the lack of easements for 12 properties through which water lines are planned to run, the project is progressing. The water tower on Route 3A has been erected and the bid to install the main pipelines has been awarded. The bid of $1,989,000 from North Country Contractors of Henderson was accepted. Other bids were submitted by Highlander Construction of Memphis in the amount of $2,358,707.70; Manfred Construction of Port Henry, $3,030,023.57; Marcellus Construction of Adams, $2,388,424 and W.D. Malone Trucking of Hannibal, $2,637,375.55.

The board decided to use $20,469 of its Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program funds to pave Riverside Drive from Post Office Drive to the fire station and Reynolds Lane.

The CHIPs funds includes $1,400 allotted by the state this year to aid municipalities in road repair following the harsh winter.

In other business, the board:

Considered changing the village security system to STAT Communications as a cost-saving measure.

Gave approval to Danielle Rhubart and Bethany Rhubart-Hazard to hold a memorial walk Sept. 20 to benefit the Lori L. Moseley Memorial Scholarship at Jefferson Community College, Watertown. The walk is being established to “bring together the family, friends, colleagues and community members who cared about our mother,” a letter to the board said. Ms. Moseley, a former Carthage Central School teacher, died of cancer in September.

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