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Work on reservoir could be needed before Fredonia can use state grant

There may be substantial preliminary site work necessary before Fredonia can use $100,000 received from State Sen. Catherine Young for site investigation and initial engineering to upgrade the village reservoir's spillway, the Fredonia Village Board learned during its workshop session Monday night.

Rex Tolman, of Tolman Engineering in Jamestown, told the board that getting construction vehicles from the east to the west reservoir would require access road upgrades and also the construction of a bridge between the two bodies of water.

Over one acre of land would be disturbed, Tolman said, and a state Department of Environmental Conservation general storm-water permit, including development of a pollution prevention plan, also would be required. There also would be a need for construction of a staging area adjacent to the reservoir for storage of material, equipment and construction trailers, overhead electrical power up on the access road to the reservoir and clearing around the entire dam area.

Mayor Michael J. Sullivan said he will contact Young's office to see if the village can use the $100,000 to begin the preliminary work. He also will request additional funds. Tolman said the village would be in a good position to obtain possible water-improvement grants from the DEC.

The board learned Tolman's engineering fees for the preliminary work, not including the actual site work itself, will be $67,200. Tolman told the board that some of the work could be done in-house by the Streets Department, and some would have to be bid publicly.

Tolman said the "big-ticket item" would be the bridge. He said he would explore renting a bridge from a company that rents bridgesmostly to logging companies.

No action was taken on the matter.

There will be no Village Board meeting Monday. The board meets again Aug. 6, with a workshop at 6:30 p.m. followed by a meeting at 7:30 in Village Hall.

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