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DEC MONITORING WELL NEAR WATER TANK

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is continuing to monitor a contamination problem found earlier at a backup well near the base of the Crittenden Road water tank in Akron.

DEC representative Rob Crossen recently updated village officials on the status of the well contamination situation. He noted that the DEC has been sampling wells in the area. The results, he said, show that "some wells are still contaminated and some are not."

Crossen also said that the DEC will continue to randomly look at the wells annually to "keep an eye on the situation." The village well, which was taken off line, still cannot be used, according to officials.

The board last week discussed various options with Crossens and said it favors deepening the village's existing reservoir in Bennington with financial assistance from the DEC.

At issue is the amount of federal funding the village would receive for the project, which is believed to be about $250,000, officials have said.

Crossen expressed interest in working on the plan with village Public Works Superintendent Daniel R. Huff.

Testing of the backup well earlier this year determined that the well was showing contamination associated with gasoline. However, health officials have previously said that the contamination problem is not an immediate health concern.

In other matters, Huff told the board that the county wants to turn over maintenance of some roads to the towns and villages where they are located. He further noted that he submitted a claim to the insurance company for damage to the village Public Works Department phone system, which was truck by lightning Aug. 1.

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