BROCTON - Critical repairs of a much-needed filter at Brocton's water plant has officials asking water customers to be mindful of water usage until the repair work is completed.
Water Plant Operator Greg Borst advised the village board of trustees at a recent meeting that the filter was headed toward failure due to debris becoming clogged in the material basin which is a component of the water treatment system.
At that meeting, he gave his recommendation to the board for a contractor to rehabilitate the filter and put it back into working standards. The trustees concurred.
"A rebuild of the filter will take place on September 11, so we're asking water customers to conserve as much water as possible beginning Monday, September 10 until the work is completed. This is a maintenance issue which is being addressed at the plant, and we will be operating on only one filter for a period of 24-26 hours while the downed filter is being repaired," Brocton Mayor Dave Hazelton said.
Portland's Animal Control Officer Clarence Grover also noted additional signage may be needed placed to better direct necessary traffic to the water plant. As a nearby resident, Grover told the board he has had to redirect at least three vehicles to the plant property, which is not conspicuously marked.
Streets Department Head Tom Allen agreed to check into alternative options to make the entrance to the property more visible.
Village Attorney Sam Drayo reported that the village and Town of Portland contract with NYS DOCCS has passed through some state channels with approval and is now bound for the Office of the Attorney General. It should be signed within the coming week.
"Again, I'd like to reiterate the village has done very well - this is a good contract, with a good return allowing for change orders to be approved and all cash to be paid up front," stated Drayo.
The signed contract will signify the start of a $4.5 million upgrade project to the water treatment plant servicing water customers in the Brocton/Portland area.
In other matters, board members approved a change order for the wastewater treatment plant upgrade project. Board members were provided a copy of the change order to review, and Drayo confirmed with the mayor that the change order was approved by the project engineer, E & M Engineering.
The mayor reported that although it's behind schedule, work is continuing at the wastewater treatment plant, and that although the litigation process continues with the project's electrical contractor, the contractor is on site and performing work