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Essex County to bond for bridge work

The Otis Bridge makes its way through Elizabethtown Feb. 7, heading toward the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport. The bridge was removed from Otis Lane in New Russia two days prior and moved to the Essex County Public Safety Building before being transported to the fairgrounds.

The Otis Bridge makes its way through Elizabethtown Feb. 7, heading toward the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport. The bridge was removed from Otis Lane in New Russia two days prior and moved to the Essex County Public Safety Building before being transported to the fairgrounds. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava asked if they should fill the position with a more experienced worker.

“I think we need to try and find people that can do the carpentry and do the electrical and plumbing,” Scozzafava said. “Some of these jobs I think that we can do in house. I think that it would make more sense to go with a maintenance mechanic rather than a maintenance helper.”

“It will cost more money for that position but it could save more money over time because you would not have to then farm those services out,” Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow said.

The committee also moved a resolution to spend up to $7,500 to look into heating system problems at the county jail.

“There are valves that are freezing, The heat boilers are not firing properly,” LaVigne said. “The pressures are not proper in the system itself. The indication that we get is that this system was designed for a much warmer climate. We have exhausted our ability to troubleshoot it and we need to look for a more experienced evaluation.”

LaVigne said that he had preliminary discussions with AES on the issue.

“AES feels that they have found some items that could cure the problem, help us fix our delivery system and help us realize some savings in our propane system,” he said.

“AES is pretty professional and they have been pretty accurate on all of the other projects that we have contracted with them for,” Palmer added.

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