Algonquin Dam Rehab Project estimate expected by Oct. 14

By CRISTINE MEIXNER

Editor

WELLS - The Wells Town Board expects to have a full plan for repairing the Lake Algonquin Dam's clay blanket and a full estimate by Oct. 14.

Engineering firm Bernier, Carr and Assoc., Watertown, has so far completed a contract to assess the condition of the dam, evaluate degradation, present observations and offer a plan for further observations and present potential remedial measures at a cost of $5,500.

Seaway Diving has completed a contract with the town that included an underwater inspection of the dam. It provided a written report and a video report at a cost of $2,390.

In another matter concerning the dam, Jodi Dutta, project engineer for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, performed the annual inspection Aug. 7. The visual inspection found the structure to be in generally satisfactory condition.

Supervisor Brian Towers reviewed a long list of FERC requirements the town must meet annually, noting items that have been completed and items that are being addressed now.

The agency has extended the deadline for the town to complete an inflow design flood study to Dec. 30. Additionally, an extension was granted for completing the Functional Exercise Plan to be submitted to FERC from Sept. 30 to Nov. 1.

A Functional Exercise Plan is a comprehensive test of the dam's Emergency Action Plan. It includes state and local emergency preparedness agencies.

The participants "act out" their responsibilities for a simulated emergency in a stressful environment with time constraints.

OTHER BUSINESS

-- Town Justice Mindy Morrison's salary has been increased by $325 a month from July 1 to Dec. 31. Morrison has been the town's sole justice since Henry Malec's death June 10.

A second town justice will be elected in November and take office Jan. 1, but will not be able to act in an official capacity until s/he has successfully completed justice court schooling. The next 'Taking the Bench Certification' course for new town and village justices will be Dec. 9-14.

-- Alice Megargle, Marion Ave., asked if cement recently poured near the library would help prevent a seepage problem there. Superintendent of Highways Clay Earley said that is the town's hope.

The Wells Town Board will next meet Monday, Oct. 7, starting at 7 p.m.

Editor's Note: This article is primarily based on draft minutes of the Wells Town Board meetings of Aug. 12 and Sept. 9, 2013, as provided by Town Clerk Mari Wilson.