Pumping it up in Cassadaga

CASSADAGA – The Cassadaga Village Board has authorized the clerk treasurer to advertise for bids for the pump house. If all goes as planned, the bids will be opened on March 26.

Engineer Greg McCorkhill from Stearns & Wheler recently reported to the board about the progress of the project and brought a copy of the plans for the board to have on hand.

Contractors could come into the village office to look at the plans, and the board members could review them as well.

Still, the plan does not have approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The structure infringes on a wetland area. According to McCorkhill, the rules state that there must be a 100-foot buffer between the structure and a wetland and one corner of the building does not meet that standard.

However, the plan noted that and asked for an exemption when it was sent in August 2012.

Trustee Ron DeChard said, “Seven months (the time since submitting the plan) is extremely excessive.”

McCorkhill said that the bid could proceed because moving the building would not cause that much of a change.

“If I have to move the building I would have to have an addenda,” he explained. Rather than moving the building, he hoped that he could work out the problem with the DEC which would then issue a permit.

Trustee Valerie Culverwell said, “We need to move this project along.

The board will next meet Wednesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. to continue to work on the budget.

On March 20, the board will have a workshop meeting at 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular board meeting at 7 p.m.

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