Jim Dwyer of J.D.’s Pump & Drilling Service of North Creek and an assistant work on equipment in 2012 as they drill a water well on the property of Countryside Adult Home in Warrensburg. The well is now online and producing clear, pure water at the rate of 190 gallons per minute, according to town officials.
WARRENSBURG -- A new municipal well is now producing an ample supply of pure, clear water, and town officials want local citizens to take notice.
As town officials heard the latest production data from the well at their monthly meeting Feb. 12, town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty urged the public to conduct a taste test and see what the recent water system upgrades have accomplished.
“Our town water is now crystal clear, there’s no odor, and I’m proud of it,“ he said, noting the 75-feet-deep well is now producing 190 gallons per minute of pure water. “Our engineer is happy about it too.”
The new well was connected and put into service in mid-January. The wells on Library Avenue near the town recreational fields and the one off the end of Swan St. -- thought to produce water containing minerals that discolored the water and affected its taste -- were disconnected.
Further improvements to the water system are pending -- the board voted Wednesday to purchase the variable speed pumps, one for each of the town’s water wells. When started up, these pumps don’t run full-tilt like conventional well pumps. Instead, they slowly increase their speed. The change is expected to decrease the wear on the entire water system, stabilize water pressure, and eliminate the hammering that often occasionally in the water lines, Geraghty said.
Another primary benefit of the new pumps, water system superintendent Tom Belden said, is that the pumps are likely to save the town taxpayers 20 percent on electricity costs.
The board accepted a bid of $29,241 from the Chazen Companies to plan and design a new town park on the banks of Queen Village Pond where the Warrensburg Board & Paper plant once stood.
The board also voted to hire a second crossing guard on Library Avenue near the Warrensburg Elementary School. The cost for the position is funded by the Safe Routes to School grant.
Geraghty said the new crossing guard would be stationed at the intersection of Elm St. and Library Avenue.
The town also voted to approve a contract with Cedarwood Engineering of North Creek to study the performance of the town sewer plant and determine its ptheoretical capacity, and how it might be enlarged to accommodate future development in the hamlet.
Geraghty reported that the delay in the construction of the new Warrensburg Health Center was merely temporary. It was reported that Eastern Building & Restoration stopped working on the building‘s foundation, due to a bankruptcy. Geraghty said that another contractor should be finishing up the work soon.
Teresa Whalen requested that the board apply for a grant for a firm to prepare a feasibility study on rehabilitation of the town Senior Center, so it could accommodate more uses.
After considerable discussion, the board declined to do so, after Geraghty objected to the action. Geraghty said the town was immersed in a lot of projects at this time, and prior evaluations of the building indicated it would take $500,000 or more to renovate the building properly and make it energy efficient. Geraghty suggested that Whalen ask the board again in 2015.
Town Board member Joyce Reed said she was hesitant to see a rehabilitation project be pursued at a time the public was being asked to contribute to the Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand rehabilitation. She said the two projects would compete for limited available funding.
Geraghty expressed thanks to Warrensburg property owners for a large majority of them paying taxes on time so the town was able to pay the county the town’s $2.28 million tax warrant in full.
Town Board member Linda Marcella mentioned that the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce was now surveying World’s Largest Garage Sale vendors as well as local businesses, asking them to provide suggestions for improving the popular event.
Town museum director Steve Parisi told the board that the Over the Edge Quilters group had recently donated a Sunbonnet Babies Quilt -- bearing a design that dates back to the 1840s -- to the museum. That quilt is now on display. He added that the museum’s next exhibit -- to go on display in March -- was one detailing the history of the town’s churches.