Solution to address low water pressure proposed

A potential solution to fix low water pressure in some homes within the Pomfret North End Water District has been proposed, but requires the clearance of a few hurdles before it is pursued.

During Wednesday’s Pomfret Town Board meeting, Wendel engineers Robert Klavoon and Lauren Glose gave an update on low water pressure concerns on Webster, Rood and Chautauqua roads that have been brought up as the project has continued.

“We had estimated that 30 homes would be affected from that stretch from the water storage tank to Stone Road and that number is still what we feel is appropriate,” Glose said.

At a previous meeting, Glose and Klavoon recommended to the board that either one of two options must be pursued to address the issue: installing a pump station or installing pumps in the individual homes. Klavoon reported that after talking with the Chautauqua County Department of Health and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, only the large pump station is reimbursable by the NYSEFC, which gives out money for environmental projects.

“The individual booster pumps are not acceptable by the DOH and are not reimbursable, whether it’s on a temporary basis or long-term,” he said.

Estimated costs put the total of the pump station at $78,000, with a 10 percent contingency bumping it up to $86,000. This includes maintenance, materials, electrical and labor costs. The pump is guaranteed for about 20 years and would increase water pressure for homes in that area by about 30 pounds per square inch.

“This is a combination of estimates and hard numbers,” Klavoon said. “What we’re trying to do here is be conservative in our approach to the board, give you what we think it could be as a cost not to exceed. Being best-case scenario, we’re thinking about a mid-December installation.”

Klavoon said a change order for the pump station will need to be approved by the board if the permanent pump solution is what the board really wants. The village of Fredonia must also approve it since the change order would result in an alteration in the water district contract between the village and the town. A permanent easement would also need to be secured since the pump station would have to be located on private property.

“We’re not taking any more water from the village system. We’re just boosting its pressure,” Klavoon said. “The risk to the village infrastructure, in my mind, is low.”

The engineers also reported that 82 percent of Phase I is completed.

Also during the meeting, a resolution to approve a contract between Pomfret, Fredonia, and the Fredonia Central School District for a full-time school resource officer for the 2013-2014 school year was tabled due to concerns over unfair pricing.

“I’m getting charged by my school district, now I’m going to get double-dipped by the town,” resident Jim Oakes said.

Pomfret would pay $10,000 toward the SRO’s salary. This is double the amount it was last year when the SRO was only part-time, according to Supervisor Donald Steger. Steger also said approving the contract would result in the town tax rate increasing by five cents.

“This would have to be part of our budget discussions. If we were able to increase our allotment, while we think it may be beneficial to the school, we may not be able to allow for it in our budget line,” Councilwoman Ann Eckman said. “I’m not willing to enter an agreement when we haven’t seen the budget yet.”

The school had already OK’d the contract in a previous board meeting.