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Building repairs, infrastructure issues vex Johnsburg Town Board

— Councilman Arnold Stevens agreed with Nightingale and questioned how the Town Hall roof made it to the top of the priority list.

“On my list, the Town Hall roof wasn’t a priority,” he said. “The Senior Meal Site was a priority. Let’s get on with some of these projects.”

Though no formal vote was taken, board members coalesced around the notion of leaving the Town Hall roof alone for now and focusing on the Senior Meal Site and Scout Hall.

But the grim news just kept coming for the Town Board on Tuesday when town water system operator Charlie Rawson informed the board that the system needs two critical repairs that would cost anywhere from about $40,000 to more than $200,000.

The first repair is at the Mary Cornwall booster pump site and has two components. First, the station has two pumps, only one of which works, Rawson said. Both pumps and their controls are at the bottom of a pit. Whenever anyone needs to work on the pumps or access the controls, the individual has to descend into the pit. That’s not only an OSHA violation if the worker is alone — which often is the case — but it’s extremely unsafe, Rawson said.

To remedy the situation, Rawson proposed installing a new electrical service on a pedestal above ground so that no one has to go into the pit to control the pumps. The cost, Rawson said, would be about $7,000.

The second component relates to the pumps in the pit. Whenever the pumps turn on or off, a surge is created that results in what Rawson referred to as a “water hammer” effect. The water hammer, or sudden increase in water pressure to up to 150 psi causes undue stress on the system and is damaging pipes, both in the system and pipes in residences and businesses.

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