Moving forward

HANOVER – The Hanover Town Board worked out how it will proceed with wastewater treatment plant updates in the face of emergency work needing quick action.

At its meeting in January the board learned that one of the rotating biological contactors broke, leaving one good RBC and another limping one online. If the other RBC breaks the town will lose its permit.

The town also received bad news about the time it takes to manufacture RBCs – at least six months.

The board felt it needed to take immediate action and on Monday met with Senior Project Manager for infrastructure at GHD Engineering Greg McCorkhill and President and CIPFA of Municipal Solutions Inc. Jeffrey Smith.

“I spoke to bond council and they have requested you hold another public hearing,” Town Attorney Jeffrey Passafaro said. He explained it is because the board intends to change the scope of the project, with replacement of the RBCs as phase one.

McCorkhill explained he will need to create specifications for the RBC equipment purchase, which will then need to be put out to bid, and then will begin doing the specifications for the installation.

Smith explained the town’s best lending source will be from the Environmental Facilities Corporation, which has 30-year loans at around 2 percent interest, or if there is a hardship determination then there is zero percent interest. He explained the town can contract for engineering services before a bond resolution but EFC requires one before an equipment purchase – like the RBCs – can be made.

McCorkhill said it will take him two weeks to finish the RBC specifications and then it will be another three weeks before bids are returned for consideration.

Passafaro told the board the public hearing should be scheduled before bids are received and said the town would have that six weeks or so to consider what to include in the project.

The board approved the proposal from GHD for professional services for the RBC procurement specification for a total of $29,500 at the expense of the sewer district.

Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo reported that this has been an expensive winter. The town has used about 5,000 tons of salt/sand mix and had to order more. The harsh winter conditions have also taken a toll on the snowplows. D’Angelo said the two new plow trucks the town previously bought will be delivered in about two weeks.

The board allowed Johnson to execute the enhanced police protection agreement with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.

The board also allowed Code Enforcement Officer Thomas Gould to attend the New York State Flood and Stormwater Management conference in Poughkeepsie in order to maintain his flood plain management certificate. Johnson asked what the benefit is of having a flood plain manager and suggested discussing the position in the future.

The town board will meet again on Feb. 24. The planning board will meet Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in the town hall and will hear a presentation from Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller, healthy communities consultant for the county Health Department.