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Water Board moves forward with project

JOHNSTOWN — The city Water Board on Monday approved a resolution to “move forward” with an engineering firm’s $2.5 million option for the second phase of the state-mandated Cork Center Reservoir spillway rehabilitation project.

The board voted at City Hall to rescind a previous “option two” from Greenman-Pedersen Inc. of Albany for the project, and go with GPI’s “option one” for the project.

Board member George DiMarco explained that option one was preferable for multiple reasons.

“That option already has a permit,” he said.

DiMarco said that if the board went with the now-rescinded GPI option — known previously as “option two” – a new permit would have been required. He said a new permit would have involved “starting all over again.”

“It was easier to just get the modifications,” he said.

DiMarco added: “And it is less money and it was the way we were going to go in the first place.”

According to a board resolution, Cork Center Reservoir is in need of state-mandated spillway rehabilitation.

Phase I work at the dam has already been completed.

The city Water Board has consulted with GPI throughout the project on design and construction options.

In a separate resolution, the board passed a resolution to pay GPI consulting fees not to exceed $25,000 for general engineering and consulting services related to option one.

In other business Monday:

— The board appointed DiMarco, of 206 Prindle Ave. — a previous member – to the board again through Dec. 31.

— Board members also appointed Michael Capparello as president, and Brandon Lyon as vice president.

— A resolution was approved to purchase a $69,750 Milton CAT trailer-mounted generator for the city’s reservoirs. The resolution indicated the city Water Department’s filtration plants are “in need of a portable generator.” One bid was received from Milton CAT.

“Hopefully, you all had a chance to look at it,” Capparello said.

— The board accepted claims and vouchers for payment for August, and approved August’s industrial levy.

— Capparello pointed out the board’s next meeting was 6 p.m. Oct. 13, which prompted budget discussion.

DiMarco asked the board if it needed a 2021 budget proposed for acceptance by the next meeting.

“We’ve got to have it done by the end of October,” he said.

He said a few people can look at the budget and present it by Oct. 13.

He said he, Capparello and board Clerk Barbara Koehler can go over a proposal and “hash it out” before presenting it in October. The board agreed to DiMarco’s plan.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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