By LOHR McKINSTRY
---- — MINEVILLE — Replacing the aging Bartlett Pond Dam is expected to guard against future flooding in that area.
The dam in Moriah’s Mineville hamlet has failed twice in recent years, Moriah Town Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said.
The 14-foot-high dam on Bartlett Brook was breached during tropical storms Irene and Lee in 2011, washing out nearby roads.
“This is at no cost to local taxpayers,” the supervisor said of the new construction. “We obtained a FEMA grant to pay for it.”
A $120,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will be used to replace the dam, and the contract was awarded to the low bidder, Kubricky Construction of Glens Falls.
Following the storms, the town authorized Kubricky to make emergency repairs to the old dam to maintain its safety until it could be replaced.
The new dam will have open-and-close controls, something the current 50-year-old earthen dam doesn’t have. CT Male Associates of Latham were the engineers for the dam work.
The town has a water-treatment plant located at Bartlett Pond, Scozzafava said, and the facility couldn’t be reached when the road was flooded.
“The dam had to be replaced,” he said. “It wasn’t an option to do nothing.”
The 70-acre Bartlett Pond is owned by the Town of Moriah and is a popular fishing spot in the area.
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