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February 7, 2014

Water problems persist at new Dannemora Town Offices

CHAZY LAKE — Local officials are adjusting to work life at the new Dannemora Town Hall after years of planning, construction and delays.

And ongoing water problems there could cost the town more money.

Personnel and town services moved into the new building in late December and began daily operations there Jan. 6.

“We’ve been busy trying to settle into the new building,” Supervisor William “Bill” Chase said of the Higby Road Town Hall and Highway Department.

Officials had hoped to move from the former Town Hall in the Village of Dannemora last fall, but a series of construction delays prolonged the long-awaited transition.

REMAINING BUMPS

With only a handful of final touches left, officials are now working to address issues that arose from the initial construction, such as mildew and water-system flaws.

“There’s still work to be done, pretty minor stuff, but still work to be done,” AES Northeast architect David Whitford told councilors during a recent Town Council meeting.

“Other than that, we’re in the close-out phase.”

Whitford said his firm was remaining in close contact with contractors as the work was being finalized. He volunteered to investigate the source of an existing moisture problem in exterior sockets.

That issue and associated mildew complications stemmed from initial designs and construction, before AES Northeast came aboard, officials said.

“We’ll just continue to close out the project and help get you through it,” Whitford told the council.

WATER PROBLEMS

The building has also been plagued by water-system issues, including mineral contamination, odor and an under-sized well pump.

AES Engineer Nathan Bull said preliminary tests of the well confirmed secondary contamination from minerals, such as iron and manganese.

Water tests also showed elevated levels of chlorides, likely from previous onsite salt storage from the Highway Department.

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