CASSADAGA - The village of Cassadaga is making strides with its water project.
In April, the Village Board met with Greg McCorkhill, well site project manager, along with a share of disappointment. According to the results of a set of tests, the contractor and hydrogeologist reduced their recommended capacity from 275 gallons per minute to 225 gallons per minute. When the board met with McCorkhill in May, McCorkhill said there were no new surprises.
"We did receive the hydro-geo technical report with the sample results. The sampling results had no surprises. We expect to be chlorinating. We expect to be sequestering for iron and manganese and fluoridation ... we will be moving into the design specifics on the interior," McCorkhill said.
McCorkhill said of the contractor has leveled and graded the area around the well site. After locking the test well, he put orange fence around it, with a permanent fence to be built. The casing needs to be raised and resealed before drilling begins, McCorkhill said.
Mayor LeeAnn Lazarony expressed concerns over the site security at the tank area.
"The gate really has to be locked at all times," and McCorkhill said a roller on the gate had been repaired and the gate was locked.
Rodney Waite, deputy mayor, said he noticed a vehicle parked in front of the gate at times.
"I occasionally see a car parked there. If you have an emergency and someone needs to get in there right away, and you have a car in the way, that could be a real problem," Waite said.
The mayor and trustees discussed placing a sign on the gate restricting parking.
"It's not on the road," Lazarony said, "It's in the driveway in front of the gate, so we won't have to change the zoning law to put it up."
Lazarony asked about arsenic levels. McCorkhill said there is nothing above normal contaminant levels reiterated comments that nothing else of note had changed since the April meeting. Lazarony expressed relief since she knew the legal limits had increased a few years ago.
"We'll be moving to look at the interior portion of it now, the design inside, and making sure we have enough room for a fluoride injection pump inside. The board will have to make decisions regarding that," McCorkhill said.
Some discussion followed, including cost estimates of the injection pump, thought to cost around $800.
"It's not a huge dollar item. It's more a preference and a health item, so it's not going to break anybody's bank, so I don't see it difficult to work into the budget if the board decides to do it," McCorkhill told the board, but a final decision wasn't made at the meeting.