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Algonquin Dam bids due June 20

Monday, June 09, 2014 - Updated: 11:59 PM



WELLS -- The Town of Wells is advertising for bids on the Lake Algonquin Dam and Hydroelectric Facility Repair Project, estimated at $334,000.

The work includes obtaining permits, surface preparation of repair areas, concrete repair, clay blanket repair and site restoration required as a result of the construction. The work is expected to take about eight weeks.

Bids will be accepted until noon Friday, June 20, and will be publicly opened that day at 12:05 p.m.

The Lake Algonquin Hydroelectric Plant generated $24,596 in revenues for April. Expenditures were $712. Year-to-date revenues as of April 30 were $70,824 and expenditures were $3,158.

Supervisor Brian Towers told the Wells Town Board May 12 that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has received two complaints regarding ice damage to a downstream property close to the river's edge, allegedly caused when a January thaw required raising the third gate on the Algonquin Lake Dam.

This broke up the river ice. The procedure is one that is followed whenever such a thaw occurs, which is almost an annual event.

Towers said FERC has investigated and he believes a letter from the regulatory agency will notify the property owner the town is not negligible. He said the town might be asked to take precautions in the future, such as notifying the property owner when an additional gate will be raised during a winter thaw.


With $6,000 in this year's budget toward the construction of two pole barns, one next to the Central Garage and one next to the Highway Department Garage, Superintendent of Highways Clay Earley got the go-ahead to build the one near the highway garage.

Earley said materials will cost $4,124 and town employees will provide the labor. The pole barns will be used to keep rain and snow off equipment that does not require heat.

In another Highway Dept. matter, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has reminded the town it still needs to send verification that it is now in compliance with DEC regulations regarding petroleum storage.

Earley said one 500-gallon tank still requires painting. Once completed a letter with pictures will be filed with DEC, he added.


Residents asked if a port-a-john could be placed behind Community Hall, because due to vandalism the restrooms there are locked except for major events.

The board agreed to rent a porta-john for behind Community Hall from Adirondack Septic Tank Corp., Amsterdam. The town already rents a handicapped accessible unit for the handicapped accessible fishing site on Algonquin Rd. for $154 a month.


Just one bid was received for this season's mowing and weed-whacking of three cemeteries in town.

Fairchild Enterprise, Gloversville, bid $750 per mowing, which includes twice monthly weeding. The board awarded it the contract.

It was noted Fairchild Enterprise has done a good job for the town in the past.


-- Town employee David Brenan has become a certified EMT and will now respond to ambulance calls that come in during workday hours.

-- The board passed a resolution expressing its "deep appreciation" and honoring Rose and Pete Simons, Hamilton County's Senior and Outstanding Contributor of the year. It reads in part, "Residents and visitors to the community of Wells have greatly benefited from the many years of unselfish dedication Rose and Pete Simons have provided to the Wells Volunteer Fire Department and Wells Volunteer Ambulance Corps."

-- The town's contract with Eric Smith of Ren-Wash Salvage was renewed for three years effective June 15. Ren-Wash Salvage removes scrap metal collected at the town transfer station for recycling.

In a related matter, Towers said the county has a new tire vendor who will come to Wells to pick up tires.

-- Councilman Deborah Taylor said the state Department of Health has not yet approved use of the town beach by the youth recreation program.

-- Lights for the WVAC Bottle Recycling Center have been purchased and will be installed as time permits.

Note: This article is based on draft minutes of the Wells Town Board meeting of May 12, 2014, as provided by Town Clerk Mari Wilson.


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