Leaders look down the road at water solutions

BROCTON – Leaders in the Town of Portland are literally taking a look down the road at the future of water service for residents.

During its recent meeting, Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz reported to the town council about his recent meeting with West Town of Dunkirk and Pomfret officials, as well as representatives from Clark Patterson Lee design firm.

The group met in order to determine possibilities of getting adequate water supply down Route 5 from the city of Dunkirk line to Portland water customers along the lake shore.

“We had a recent meeting and came up with a proposal to get water to the residents, which would include going with two 12-inch water lines from Willow Road where the City of Dunkirk borders, ‘pigging’ the line and tying it together to the intersection of Route 5 and Lake Avenue. We’re not sure if a new line from the water tower to Lake Avenue would have enough pressure at this point, but it would do away with the water tower, and the potential $5 million project would be shared equally with all three communities,” Schrantz said.

Now that the municipalities have had a chance to look at a long range solution, the supervisor reported they will be looking at grant funding opportunities in order to take the project to the next step.

“From our standpoint, we would be looking at doing away with the water tower; our responsibility is to look for the best solution to get the best water to our customers.”

In other matters, the supervisor noted that the archeological study has been completed and submitted to state historic preservation officials for review, and that the town is currently waiting on the next step in the Peerless Street Bridge timeline.

The council voted unanimously to remove the assessment of 2013/2014 taxes from a parcel of Dale Morse’s property, which was charged for an extra water tap unit during the creation of the most recent water district in the town. No retroactive credit will be applied to the property, but the council resolved to have the water to the vacant building shut off at the main to avoid any further charges.

Council members also resolved to accept a $1,500 bid from Ron Burgun to complete restoration work at the John and Carol Boltz residence, subject to the agreement of the Boltz’s and Sicar Construction. The agreement will put to rest an ongoing restoration job that has remained at the couple’s Portland property since the construction of Water District 7.

A measure to approve the use of Community Park for a townwide Family Picnic sponsored by the Portland Bicentennial Committee on July 28 was passed. The event will take place at 1 p.m. and families are asked to bring a dish to pass and enjoy the day as the bicentennial celebration comes to a close.

Upon review of bids from Highway Superintendent Chuck Kelley, the council members accepted the low bidder Black/Gold to fill, seal and stripe the Town Hall parking lot for a cost of $1,468.98.

Councilmen approved the reinstatement of John Wrig-ley to the Zoning Board .

The council will hold its next regular meeting July 10 at 7 p.m.