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Pomfret Town Board hears water district complaints

FREDONIA – The Pomfret Town Board on Wednesday heard complaints about problems in the North End Water District.

Joseph Brown told the board his yard does not drain properly since a waterline was installed in front of his Webster Road home last year. Brown said he has been to four board meetings to complain about ponding when it rains.

He said there was drain tile in the area before the waterline was installed and a construction worker told him that the town would replace the tile.

Councilwoman Ann Eckman said she thought the drainage project was completed. Brown has hired an attorney to push his case.

Town Attorney Jeffrey Passafaro said he has received a letter from Brown’s attorney and the issue should be addressed. Supervisor Donald Steger said that the problem will be taken up with the engineers for the waterline project. “It is back in the forefront and, hopefully, this will be solved sooner rather than later,” Steger said.

Passafaro said the engineers for the project also should be notified of a problem with a flush station that may have been hit by a snowplow during the winter. Board members will consider asking for the equipment to be moved so it is not damaged again.

Steger announced that a $269,000 bond anticipation note for the water district construction work was signed at an interest rate of 1.41 percent from Greene County Bank.

In other matters, Travis Eckstrom was appointed to the Planning Board to fill a vacancy until January 2016.

Councilman Brett Christy said he has been talking with Fredonia village officials about the 2016 fire protection contract. He said a three-year contract is being proposed and he is awaiting the final written document.

Board members also are seeking activity reports from the Fire Department and information pertaining to costs for residents of the town who pay for the fire protection contract.

“We have not seen reports in three months,” Eckman said.