Johnsburg officials approve new well for Wevertown center

JOHNSBURG Work on a new well at the Wevertown Community Center could move forward this month after the Johnsburg Town Board unanimously approved the project on Tuesday.

Town Supervisor Bill Thomas told board members that an unusually dry summer has caused the well water level to drop substantially. He urged the board to act quickly in hopes of having the well dug and online in time for the town general election on Nov. 6. The community center serves as a polling place.

Its not unusual for the well level to draw down in late summer and fall, Thomas said.

But its been a hard year for water, he said.

Town Board member Eugene Arsenault asked if the salt used on the roads leaching into the well would be an issue with the location of the well being in facilitys parking lot.

Town Attorney Tony Jordan told the board that engineer Jim Hutchins had incorporated elements into the wells design to guard against that.

His design standard has casing 50 feet deep and a seal at 20 feet, so hes addressed that, Jordan said.

The project is expected to cost between $5,000 and $10,000 with funding available from the proceeds of a grant ($9,200) and $2,500 available in the 2007 budget that was included for capital improvements.

Pursuant to the towns procurement policy, the board authorized Thomas to obtain three quotes from three different contractors. If the cost exceeds a certain amount, the town would have to follow a formal bid process or declare the project an emergency situation.

If we find out its going to cost more, well have to look at the emergency situation, Thomas said.

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