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BOARDS TO DISCUSS CREATING JOINT WATER DISTRICT

The Franklinville Village Board wants to open discussions with the Franklinville Town Board on the possibility of forming a town water district to serve some residents outside the village who are already connected to the municipal water supply.

The Village Board decided Monday to ask for a meeting with town officials after hearing a presentation by Cattaraugus County Environmental Health Director Eric Wohlers.

The village now pumps water into five neighborhoods just outside the village boundaries through leaking 2-inch pipes. The village Public Works Department has made the repairs in the past, and the homeowners have received the same type of water bills received by village property owners.

But officials last winter began to question the efficiency of this practice due to the condition of the lines and the need for improved fire protection.

Wohlers told the board that the village can't collect on unpaid water bills for those homes under town jurisdiction, and there is no way to reimburse the village for repairs, upgrades or extensions. An agreement to consolidate those areas could pave the way for larger lines, an expanded service area, enhanced fire protection and increased water pressure.

He estimated the cost of forming the district at about $5,000 to cover engineering and legal expenses, with rates 1 1/2 times the standard amount to be charged to town customers. Residents would vote on the issue in a referendum.

The village would continue to perform administrative duties and service the lines within the water district, but all the expenses and responsibilities would be the town's, Wohlers said.

Several board members said unless a district is formed to take care of the problem, some leaky lines could eventually be turned off due to a lack of funding for repairs.

In another matter, the board offered to pay for half the sewer line repairs in the alley at Firehouse Fine Wines on Main St. to restore sewer service that has not worked since road resurfacing and utility work cut off a line 18 months ago.

The board also OK'd:

The Joint Town and Village Comprehensive Master Plan.

A plan to provide a crossing guard at Franklinville Central School for one hour daily between July 5 and Aug. 17.

Holding a public forum in August to discuss a proposed veterans memorial in Park Square.

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