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Firehouse boiler has problems

Monday, March 03, 2014 - Updated: 8:17 PM


Express News Staff

SPECULATOR -- With budget time looming the Village of Speculator Board of Trustees heard a little unwelcome news last week.

Superintendent of Highways Roger Blanchard reported continuing problems with the firehouse boiler when the board met Monday, Feb. 24. "It smokes sometimes. There have been problems trying to adjust the fuel to air ratio. It has been cleaned and serviced but the problem continues," he explained.

The problems started when the firehouse filled with smoke the night of Dec. 20, 2013. Blanchard called in Speculator Services and a few hours later GLF Electric, Plumbing and Heating in Wells.

He said GLF owner Gary Foutch got it running but said it needed a new circulator pump. Allen and Palmer True Value, Northville, put a new pump on and cleaned it the following Monday.

Blanchard said because of the continuing problems and the fact the boiler is at least 25 years old, he asked Allen and Palmer for quotes to replace it.

Allen and Palmer suggested two possibilities, he said. One is to install two new residential boilers at a total cost of $7,350. The other is to install one new commercial boiler for $6,250.

With two residential boilers one would continue to provide some heat even if the other failed.

Mayor Letty Rudes suggest Blanchard get more quotes, including quotes on propane heaters.


The board will hold a public hearing Monday, March 24, on Local Law 1 of 2014. It would allow the board to override this year's cap on any increase to the tax levy.

If the local law is adopted after the public hearing it does not mean the budget will exceed the cap. It only means the board can adopt a budget that exceeds the cap if the board deems it necessary to do so.


There was some discussion about John VanBuiten's offer to donate his collection of small buildings known as "Route 66" to the village, where they would be placed between the pavilion and Sacandaga Pathway.

The board members agreed that once the buildings are moved lights and security cameras would be needed to protect them from vandalism.

The move from VanBuiten's South Shore Road property is expected to take place in late spring or early summer, and be done by the village, town and county highway departments.

VanBuiten's Route 66 collection can be seen online at

The Board of Trustees will next meet Monday, March 10, starting at 7 p.m. in Village Hall.


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