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Mayfield School closed for 2nd day

Village officials working on water problem

September 11, 2012
By JOHN BORGOLINI , The Leader Herald

MAYFIELD - Mayfield schools closed for the second-straight day today because of a water-pressure problem in the village.

Village Mayor Jamie Ward said this morning officials are close to finding the leak that may be causing the water-pressure problem, which began Sunday.

The village also issued a boil-water advisory.

Ward said village officials haven't been able to find the leak but appeared to be on the right track to finding it.

"We're getting closer," he said. "[But] there are 400 homes in the village, and any one of those 400 homes could have caused the problem."

Robert Suits, a member of the Mayfield Board of Education, said school officials are looking for alternatives if the water problem persists past the second day. He said the students are missing valuable school time.

"They [village officials] don't know where the leak is. This could go on for a week or so," Suits said. "Any time kids miss school, it's valuable. Maybe we'll have to send the kids to BOCES or maybe we'll have to send kids to other schools. Our superintendent is working on that."

BOCES Superintendent Pat Michel said Mayfield Superintendent Paul Williamsen is meeting with state Health Department officials to go over ideas that would allow Mayfield school to open Wednesday.

"They're doing a lot of work to get water transported to the school and get [portable toilets]," Michel said. "They are endeavoring to start school tomorrow ... We've offered, if it's a long-term issue, to work with other districts and help get Mayfield students back into the classroom. Right now, it looks alright."

Suits said district officials are checking with state education officials before they make any decisions.

Ward said people can obtain water from a water tanker in a lot next to the Mobil gas station on Route 30.

People must bring their own containers.



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