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July 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s Mostly About The Flooding At Town Of Hoosick Meeting

by Alex Brooks
Prior to the regular Hoosick Town Board meeting on Monday, July 10, the Hoosick Board heard a presentation from Bradley Grant of Barton And Loguidice, the Project Manager for the joint Town/Village study of the flooding that has afflicted Hall Street in the Village for many years (or many decades). [Private]
The problem is that a rather large watershed feeds what used to be Woods Brook, which is now a series of culverts and ditches which make their way across the center of the Village from Hall Street to an outflow channel near Lyman Street which empties into the Hoosick River near the parking lot of the HACA building on lower John Street. These culverts and ditches were probably never sized adequately to carry the water formerly carried by Woods Brook. They are now deteriorated and pose a flood danger in any heavy rain, as was dramatically demonstrated by the rainstorm on Saturday July 1. Residents of Hall Street have been asking the Town and Village to do something about this for many years, which has finally resulted in a grant awarded to the Town and Village to study the problem and suggest solutions.
Barton And Loguidice was hired to do the study in June of this year, and this presentation is the first glimpse into their findings.
The centerpiece of Grant’s presentation is a “diversion culvert” nearly a mile long, which would divert water starting from a spot near the top of Richmond Avenue, sending it down to the Hoosick River in the lowlands between the Saint-Gobain plant and the ballfields on Waterworks Road.  The exact path of this culvert is still under discussion, and indeed the question of its feasibility is still an open one, as it will be very expensive to build, and it is not clear where the money will come from. Grant worked his way toward the question of cost by remarking that it will take “a boatload of money” to build this project. He said he did some preliminary cost estimates and came up with a total project cost of 7 to 8 million dollars. He estimated that the diversion culvert would cost just under $5 million.
Supervisor Surdam called an emergency meeting during the first week of July to vote on moving forward with an application for a Community Development Block Grant for funding to implement some of the recommendations of the Barton & Loguidice study.  The application is due at the end of July.  The maximum grant from this program is $750,000, which can be bumped up to $1 million if funding from another source is also forthcoming, so even if the grant application is successful, it is just a start and money will have to be found from other sources as well. As the recent flooding has definitely gotten the attention of many powerful politicians, the Town is hopeful that money for this may be forthcoming.
Public Comment
A resident of Tory Hill Road (off Route 7 near the Pittstown border) said it now takes about 15 minutes driving over back roads to get out to Route 7 when it used to take a minute and a half. She said there’s a hole in the road “that you could put four cars in.” She asked when that might be repaired.  Highway Superintendent Bill Shiland said he will fill that hole in as soon as he can get to it, but the real problem with that road is that there’s a very old culvert which is deteriorated and partially plugged. The culvert is 80 feet long or more, and is buried 30 to 40 deep.  Supervisor Surdam said the Town doesn’t have the equipment to handle a job that size. He said he is seeking help from the State.
Superintendent Bill Shiland said his crew is repairing roads as fast as they can, but he admitted, “There’s a lot of work still to be done.” Shiland said they have used $8,000 worth of gravel in addition to the stockpiled gravel that they were using when the gravel yards were closed on the July 4 holiday. He said he has purchased 400 tons of large “shot rock” for stabilizing slopes, but these large rocks can’t be handled as quickly and easily as gravel. He said he has ordered new culverts for Wilson Hill Road and Bovie Hill Road, and those will be installed when they arrive. He concluded by saying. “We are out working every day.” He said he expects it to take a few weeks to get all the roads repaired.
Shiland also said he has spoken to an engineer about the Cottrell Road bridge, who recommended that the Town apply for funds to replace the bridge from a grant program called Bridge NY, which pays 95% of the cost. The engineer said he will help the Town to apply for the funding.
Assessor
Assessor Tony Rice said the field work for the Revaluation is in full swing. The First Ward is mostly done now and the company is working on the Third Ward. He said they will probably be gathering information in the Village for another month or so, and then move out into the rest of the Town. Rice said he has received very positive comment about the flyer that was distributed last month explaining details of the Revaluation process.
Town Clerk
Town Clerk Sue Stradinger said pool membership is up this year, and participation in the Town’s summer camp is way up. She said receipts for summer camp are up from $9,000 to $13,000 from the same time last year. The first week of camp had 51 kids in it. She said the town camp hasn’t seen numbers that big since ten years ago or more.
Pool Pumps Damaged
Supervisor Surdam said the water from the floods didn’t get into the pool, but it did get into the pump room, and two pumps have failed and a third is making a lot of noise. He said the problem is that the pumps are obsolete, so repairing them is not feasible. He has ordered a couple of new pumps, and he is talking with a company that repairs and rebuilds old pumps. In the meanwhile, the pumps are not circulating the water quite as quickly as normal, but frequent testing has shown the water in the pool to be perfectly clean and meeting all standards.
Board Action
The Shared Services Agreement between the Town and the Village was approved, as was the Police agreement.
The Board also passed a motion approving a shared services agreement with NYS DOT for a two year period.
In other business:
• The Highway crew has finished removing all the old fencing and towers that were planned to be removed at the Castle Playground. The Kiwanis Club is continuing to plan upgrades for the area around the pool and playground.
• Equipment has been ordered for the Pool and Playground security system, which will be installed when it arrives.
• Construction bids are due July 20, for the Pool Project Phase 2 – The Bath House and Filter House renovation. Construction is expected to start September 1.
• A County-Wide Shared Services plan is supposed to be in place by this fall, as Governor Cuomo is pushing it.  More information is needed about what that entails.
• The owners of 9 Brady Lane have asked for an additional 30 days to clean up the property. The building inspector said they are making progress with the cleanup, but there is more to do. The Board said it will take them thirty days to put out a bid for a contractor to clean up the property, so they will have 30 days anyway. If the property is cleaned up by then, the Town won’t hire the contractor.
• The Town is trying out equipment for recording meetings, and will evaluate the recordings to determine if this system will work well. Surdam thanked Doug Pilot of Hoosick Computer Repair for letting the town try out the equipment.
• Progress with the DASNY grant for refrigeration equipment at the skating rink is currently held up waiting for a National Grid estimate for three-phase power at the rink building.
The meeting ended with an executive session to discuss with the Town’s attorneys the Town’s approach to PFOA issues, and also to discuss the HAYC3 lease. Surdam noted that he had lunch with the town’s environmental attorneys Dean Sommer and Kevin Young as well as Town attorney Schopf, to prepare for this executive session. [/Private]

 

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