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January 17, 2014

Your Town: Moriah dam replaced

MORIAH — Work has been completed on replacing Moriah’s failing Bartlett Pond Dam.

The town took out a $120,000 bond anticipation note to pay for the work, which will be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to recent Town Council minutes.

Highway Superintendent Jamie Wilson told the council that the contractor had to come back to the dam to replace a gasket that was leaking.

“Hopefully, we can close out the project soon,” he said.

WATER SOURCE

The board authorized paying $87,164 to Kubricky Construction of Glens Falls for the dam replacement construction.

Another $7,538 will go to C.T. Male Associates of Latham for engineering services on the project.

The dam was damaged by tropical storms Irene and Lee in 2011, flooding the roadway both times, and had to be replaced.

Bartlett Pond is the water source for both the Town of Moriah and Village of Port Henry. 

Water from the 60-acre pond is treated at a $13 million filtration plant on Bartlett Pond Road before it moves into the municipal water systems.

OTHER ITEMS

The council also handled the following business at the session:

Moriah pageant: Agreed to sponsor the Distinguished Young Women of Moriah pageant so it has insurance coverage. The event was previously called Moriah Junior Miss.

Court clerk: Will hire a new full-time town court clerk at $11.87 an hour to replace one who is retiring.

Tax exemption: Agreed to consider raising the senior citizens property tax 50 percent exemption cutoff from $25,000 in income to $28,000. The council must decide by March 1.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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