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Algonquin Dam bids are too high

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - Updated: 8:32 AM



WELLS -- Two bids came in for the Lake Algonquin Dam and Hydroelectric Facility Repair Project here, but were well over the estimated cost of $334,000.

Engineering firm Bernier, Carr & Associates, Watertown, calculated the estimated cost. The firm would like to readdress the proposed work, as its specifications were over and above what would actually be required to repair the concrete blanket and do concrete work needed on the dam.

In the meantime the Wells Town Board is sitting on the bids.

The project would repair areas of spalling concrete on the structure's surface and rehabilitate eroded portions of the clay blanket that protects the structure from up-lift.


Councilman Deborah Taylor said the town beach sailed through a July 14 inspection with no infractions.

She also reported the Youth Recreation Program has been certified as a "camp," meaning it can use the beach.

Certain criteria had to be met; camp Director Corrine Hayden had to become certified in CPR, Red Cross First Aid, and Wilderness Training.

Establishing the camp was a rough process, Taylor said, but 35 youngsters are participating.

Taylor asked the board to take a look at the basketball court at Wells Community Hall, saying it needs to be redone. She said her son, who holds an annual basketball clinic (55 kids participated this year), has offered his time and labor to put up backboards on the court.


Supervisor Brian Towers said representative Bob DeSiervo from the town's new insurance company, Glatfelter Public Practice of Exton, Pa., recently conducted a thorough inspection of all town facilities / buildings.

Major needs include repair of the Highway Garage roof and asbestos abatement in the boiler room in Community Hall. Towers said depending on its type, the asbestos would either have to be sealed or completely removed.


Towers reviewed the 2014 budget as it stood at the end of June. In general the town is in good shape, he said.

Tipping fees are lower, down about 25 percent from this point last year. He surmised recycling more paper is keeping the cost down.

Fuel and electricity remain big expenditures.


-- The Lake Algonquin Hydroelectric Plant generated revenues of $30,940 in June with expenditures of $349. Year-to-date revenues were $116,166 with expenditures of $4,994.

-- National Grid has informed the town it must get its own protective gear for operating the switch at the hydro plant. Due to the cost the town has always borrowed the gear from the electric company.

-- Wells Volunteer Ambulance Corps Captain Avis Warner asked that a couple of board members meet with a couple of ambulance corps members regarding a new ambulance.

-- A 10-year non-exclusive franchise agreement with Hamilton County Cable TV Inc. was approved.

-- Resident Roy Grisenthwaite said a petition is being compiled to ask the state Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit through the hamlet from 40 to 30 mph.

Note: This article is based on draft minutes of the Wells Town Board meeting of July 14, 2014, as provided by Town Clerk Mari Wilson.


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