FREDONIA -- Town of Pomfret officials on Wednesday heard about the proposal for the natural gas line connection that would re-power the NRG power plant in Dunkirk.
Since the Public Service Commission’s approval to allow the change from coal to natural gas, the Dunkirk Gas Corp. has been working on a plan to connect the Tennessee Gas Pipeline to the plant on the Lake Erie Shoreline in Dunkirk.
Kevin Schroeder, an environmental compliance specialist with NRG, and Joseph Corona from Hanover Engineering Associates, told the board at its regular meeting in Town Hall that the plan includes a need to bore under three town roads, Chautauqua, Webster and Cummings roads. They said that the PSC also will need to approve the path for the line.
Schroeder said that environmental studies are also needed prior to construction. He said NRG officials hope that final approval from the PSC and environmental agencies may be ready by the end of March and construction would be done sometime in the summer. The gas lines will mostly be on private property, with the exception of boring under the roads and through town rights of way at the road crossings. Private land owners have been contacted for easements for the line, Schroeder said.
Pomfret Highway Superintendent Dan Bigelow said he was concerned about the heavy equipment that would be on town roads. Corona said a bond would be issued to be sure that the construction crews repaired the roads or any land that was damaged during construction.
The plan calls for about 11 miles of line from the northern point at the power plant connecting to the Tennessee pipeline, which is near Cummings Road. A 16-inch-diameter gas line will be installed. The project is expected to take several months.
Town Board members requested maps and information about the construction project. They told both representatives that permits would be required from the town and a construction traffic plan should be on file in Town Hall.
In other business, Councilwoman Ann Eckman said she has been reviewing costs of the fire protection contract with the village of Fredonia. “The cost for each call was approximately $1,313 if you divide the 310 calls answered in the town by the Fredonia Fire Department,” she said.
She said the cost of calls outside the town answered by the village of Fredonia is about $581 per call. The town of Pomfret has a contract for fire protection services through the end of 2015.
Councilman Scott Johnson announced that he will be attending a meeting with Fredonia officials to begin negotiations concerning the next fire protection contract.
Eckman asked that the Town Boar establish a policy on closing the Town Hall. She said that non-essential employees should not drive to the Town Hall for work if there is a driving ban. Supervisor Donald Steger suggested that closing the building should be at the discretion of the town clerk. Board members unanimously agreed to close the building when there is a driving ban in the village and to allow the clerk to close the hall when weather becomes dangerous for travel.
Board members set an end-of-the year summary meeting for 5 p.m. on Dec. 29. The annual reorganizational meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on Jan. 5.