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Water leak fixed

September 13, 2012
By JOHN BORGOLINI , The Leader Herald

MAYFIELD - The village has fixed its water leak, allowing Mayfield Central School to reopen after being closed for three days.

Village officials this morning said residents and businesses now have water pressure, but officials were still testing the levels this morning. A boil-water advisory remained in effect today.

Mayfield Central School Superintendent Paul Williamsen said the district has lost its two snow days but will ask the state to reinstate them. He said the third day off was designated a professional day and won't count against the district.

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Mike Koval, owner of Nanny & Pops Small Town Cafe in Mayfield, on Wednesday pours extra water into a sink at the cafe before boiling it in anticipation of opening for
business today.
The Leader-Herald/ Bill Trojan

Williamsen said he will tell the state Department of Education the district had to use its snow days because of unforeseen circumstances.

"I'm writing a letter to the director of the department of education due to the insufficient water supply. I only had two snow days in the calendar, and I used those up quickly," he said. "If [we don't get them back], we're going to have to start looking at [adding school days to] the April break."

Williamsen was pleased with the village officials' efforts to fix the problem. Because the problem is fixed, district officials don't have to find another place for the students.

"I think they were in a difficult situation, and they did their best. They brought in the necessary resources when they were able to," he said. "Local schools were able to help me out if this continued to be a week or two. We were looking to keep the education program going."

Mayor Jamie Ward is glad the children are back in school and expects the boil-water advisory to be lifted Friday.

Officials are reviewing the village water system to figure out the best way to deal with future problems.

"I'm putting in an early-warning system today," Ward said. "If the water pressure ever drops again, people will be notified with messages. Having preventative measures is much better. I'd rather anticipate a problem and proactively react rather than react after a problem has occurred."

Mike Koval, who runs the Nanny & Pops Small Town Cafe, said he was forced to close early Tuesday because of the loss of water pressure. His cafe was open Wednesday, but he didn't see much business.

"It cut my business in half [Tuesday]," he said. "Normally, when school is closed, parents bring their children here. But they probably thought I was closed because everything else was closed [Wednesday]."

Koval said he has confidence in the mayor.

People can still obtain drinking water from a tanker parked at the Adirondack Mobil on Route 30.



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