GLOVERSVILLE - The city Water Department is in the process of relocating from its two locations on Third Avenue and City Hall to a central location on South Main Street.
"We are not officially in yet, but we are in the process of moving from the Third Avenue building to the new building on South Main," Superintendent Christopher Satterlee said last week.
This morning, Water Department officials confirmed all of the laborers are in the new location.
Gloversville Water Department laborers, from front, Jesse Dutcher and Anthony Mendetta hang up a hose last week in the new building located on South Main Street.
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The former H&P Motors building on South Main Street will become the
central office of the Gloversville Water
Department in the spring of 2013.
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Satterlee said he plans to eventually have all the department's operations under one roof at a central location rather than be spread out as it is now.
Satterlee also said during the winter months, the department will remodel the show room of the former H&P Motors building into offices and a board room.
In the spring, the department will then move the offices out of City Hall to that location, which will serve as the central office of the city Water Department, Satterlee said.
He said the deed to the Third Avenue building that has been in operation since the late '70s will be given back to the city to sell, and the City Hall office will be vacated.
Satterlee says the work at the new location is still in progress but it has already completed painting the interior of the building, built a bathroom for the laborers already working there and installednew sewer and water lines. He said this work has cost approximately $1,000.
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"I think this will benefit the department greatly," Satterlee said. "We will be under one roof and it will certainly be easier for me to oversee the entire operation from one location. We will also be able to store all of our trucks and equipment in one spot compared to being scattered throughout the city."
Satterlee also said at the new location the equipment will be in a heated building, which will save time if a water main ever breaks.
"We had to store our big dump truck in a water shed, and if we had a main break during the night we had to go there and let it warm up before we brought it down," he said.
He said the offices, counters, board room and fireproof room for department records, that will be built during the winter will cost the department about $20,000.
Levi Pascher covers Gloversville news. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.