Later than expected

MAYVILLE – Mayville Mayor Marty Bova said he expects the planned utility building at Pearl Gravit Park’s baseball field will be completed in time for the 2014 Little League season, a year later than expected when the village board approved construction in July 2012.

Bova responded to a question about the unfinished structure during the public comment portion of a recent village board meeting.

When the building was approved following a public hearing it was scheduled to be complete by the end of October or early November 2012 by local Little League officials. All of the work was voluntary, however, and the project quickly fell behind schedule.

Part of the building will house a public address system on the top floor, and the local Little League said that would allow the village to host all-star games this season. Because the building wasn’t completed, the games are being hosted in Fredonia, according to Bova.

During the business session, the board unanimously approved purchase of a 40-foot insulated telescoping aerial bucket at a cost of $96,871, the lowest qualified bid. The device will replace a unit with a 52-foot reach, and according to Bova, will be more versatile because it is smaller. Altec Industries of Elizabethtown, Ky., was low bidder. The village electric department plans to sell the 1999 52-foot unit at auction.

The board also approved purchase of a wireless Ethernet radio communication system, which, Bova explained, will hopefully solve a decade-long problem of coordinating the pumping among the village’s three wells.

Bova said the current system is wired and has been trouble prone due to its susceptibility to electrical surges including lightning.

A solid-state radio device supplied by Carrier Controls in West Valley will be the heart of the new system. Dave Carrier of the company met with Mayville officials June 29. In a follow-up letter to the village Carrier said the next step would be survey of the various radio devices to communicate with each other.

“There will be no charge for this service if radios fail to communicate,” according to the letter.

The estimated cost of the entire system is estimated at $17,002, but this could change since the figure is based on using some existing equipment.

Elm, Evans and Whallon Streets are scheduled for oil and stone surfacing this month, according to a report to the board by Public Works Superintendent, John Buxton.

The board approved payment of $571.36 to repair damage to a sewer line at 7244 Beaujean Road caused during the installation of a utility pole on West Evans Street.