Mayor wants village to consider sewage backup notification system

At Monday's meeting of the village board of trustees, Michael said it might be wise given the recent incident to invest in some sort of alarm system that would notify DPW crews long before blockages turn into overflows.

"Through no fault of ours, the manhole and bricks collapsed and blocked it up and we overflowed into the lake," Michael said.

"I've heard for years that our insurance doesn't cover these issues, they flood peoples' basements and overflow into lakes and rivers," he said. "I would like some investigation done; is there an alarm-type system that we can phase into our manholes? Float switches or whatever it would be, so we could be notified of system backup prior to someone finding it in their basement or finding it coming out of a manhole."

That lack of insurance for sewage overflow incidents - coupled with the possibility of large DEC fines - is enough of a concern that Michael believes an alarm system would be a financially-wise endeavor.

"I think this is a bigger problem and I think it's something that future boards are going to deal with going forward," Michael said. "And I think at some point in time, the environmental folks are going to require it, because you can't wait until sewage comes out to find out you have a problem. I don't know if it's a wireless system, I don't know what it is, but I'd like to see what the alternatives are out there."

Village Manager Marty Murphy said he would explore possible alarm systems that would alert the village when backups occur. He'll also explore the costs of such a system.

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