The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

December 19, 2012

Water district almost ready to go

By Jim Krencik
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — RIDGEWAY — In a meeting that featured closer quarters than most, the Ridgeway Town Board accepted an amended engineering report for the town’s next water district expansion.

Work on Water District No. 11, which contains about 15 properties on a stretch of South Townline Road between Swett and Oregon roads, could begin — weather permitted — in just a few weeks.

Town Attorney Kathy Bogan said Monday that a pre-construction conference with the project’s contractors will be held on Jan. 3 to double-check the plan for the district. That’s the last step needed before work can begin.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has sent the town a permit for the project. Funding for the project comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“It’s almost ready to go-ahead,” Town Supervisor Brian Napoli said. “We’re trying to do it as quickly as possible.”

The board accepted a preliminary engineering report from Chatfield Engineers that amends the type of hydrants being used in the water district. Napoli said the change makes the equipment consistent with the town’s other districts.

Monday’s meeting was held in cramped quarters, as the renovation of the town’s West Avenue offices filled the back half meeting room with office supplies. A cadre of Medina High School government students, residents and officials squeezed in to the available space.

With the beginnings of the project in view, the town board approved the first payment to Horizon Builders, the contractor for the renovation project. It totals $22,000.

• Ridgeway has filed a complaint with the Department of State over mailings to town residents that offer insurance on the water line connections that run from homes to the road.

The offer is a worthless one, Napoli said, adding that the town had filed a complaint about earlier this year. The deceptive mailing stopped with that action; he hopes they will disappear again.

• The town has established a retirement reserve fund after the increase in state-mandated employee retirement costs was less than expected.

Town Bookkeeper Lynne Johnson said that the $7,035 in excess funds is being set aside for next year’s contribution to ERS. It can only be used for that purpose.

Contact reporter Jim Krencik at 798-1400, ext. 6327.