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Algonquin Lake Dam needs repair

Monday, August 05, 2013 - Updated: 8:41 AM



WELLS - The Wells Town Board hopes to see repair work on the Algonquin Lake Dam start this fall.

Seaway Diving & Salvage Co. Inc., Waterford, did an underwater inspection of the dam June 10. The dive was videotaped.

The dam is considered to be in good shape overall, but needs some remedial work.

A crack running into the separation between the dam's face and the bullnose was found at both the north and south ends of the dam. The concrete mat was probed and found to be intact, except for an area in front of the gates.

All gates and hardware are in good shape with minimal leakage. All concrete areas were sounded and there were no signs of hollow or soft spots.

Supervisor Brian Towers said the next step is for the engineering firm to develop bid specifications.

Lake Algonquin Hydroelectric Plant expenditures for June were $436. Revenues were $16,572. Year-to-date expenditures as of June 30 were $5,845 with revenues of $91,660.


The towns of Wells and Hope will start working on a shared services plan to share a justice and court. Hope's justice is retiring at the end of the year.

State law allows contiguous municipalities to share a justice and court. Each town would have to hold a public hearing on the plan, and approval is needed from the administrative judge of the 4th Judicial District, which includes Hamilton County, before it could be implemented.


• Towers reported the town's finances were generally in good shape at mid-year.

• A new computer has been purchased for the Town Clerk's Office. Lightning damaged the 2006 computer there during a recent storm. The new computer, a Nexlink 3125 Core i5-330, is an emergency purchase from Canada Lake Computer Services, Caroga Lake. It cost under $1,700, which includes reinstalling programs, recovery and transfer of data from the old computer, a five-year warranty and a two-year antivirus subscription.

• The board accepted a $1,500 proposal from Sullivan Electrical Services Inc., Mayfield, for work at Community Hall. Sullivan will replace the electrical service entrance cable from the top of the pole to the meter, retrofit the existing panel box with a new bussbar and breakers and add four new 20 amp ground fault circuit interrupter outlets to the panel board.

Note: This article is based on draft minutes of the Wells Town Board meeting of July 8, 2013, as provided by Deputy Clerk Melissa Paige.


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