2011-04-13 / Roxbury

Water, noise, traffic top Roxbury agenda

By Pauline Liu
The Roxbury Town Board dealt with a cornucopia of issues at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night held at the Grand Gorge Civic Center.

The Hubbell Corners sewer extension project has been completed and the process now begins to get sewer lines hooked up to area houses. Roxbury Town Supervisor Tom Hynes said that notices have already been sent out to families advising them to get connected to the system.
The management and operation of the water supply and sewage treatment for Roxbury and Grand Gorge are contracted to LVDV Operations, Inc. based in Cobleskill. Company President and General Manager Mike Jonker gave the town board an update on the water mains for Roxbury and Grand Gorge.

“We have an ongoing battle of finding and repairing leaks,” said Jonker. He said thanks to his staff’s efforts to repair broken pipes, daily water usage for the two systems has been cut in half from 300,000 gallons to about 150,000 gallons.

Water testing
Jonker said tests have resulted in “higher than usual results” for the presence of copper and lead in the drinking water of some older homes in the town. His company has begun using a corrosion inhibitor called zinc orthophosphate, which will coat the inside of the pipes and reduce the amount of lead and copper getting into the drinking water.

Superintendent of Highways Stephen Schuman gave an update on street signs and snowplows.
“We had an early winter,” said Schuman. “We were planning to put signs up in November, but we couldn’t because of the weather.”

Schuman was referring to new street signs planned for Bridge Street near The Roxbury on Bridge Street. He said there have been complaints about motorists in the area driving at excessive speeds. The highway superintendent said the signs will go up soon.

“We need to slow that traffic down,” said Supervisor Hynes, nodding in agreement.
In other news, Schuman discussed the possibility of repairing two tri-axle plow trucks, since replacement costs for new trucks would cost about $150,000 not counting trade in.

Town board members are continuing to discuss noise complaints over the Desiderata Festival held at the Stone Tavern Farm last June. The four-day-long concert attracted thousands to the property and residents living miles away complained about the noise. Since the town has no zoning, board members are continuing to discuss how they might head off similar problems when the concert is held this year. “Did it hit your house, the noise?” asked one board member. “No,” said Supervisor Hynes, “but the phone calls hit my house.”

And finally, board members discussed the town’s continuing efforts to clean up a junkyard on Fanny Brook Road. Town attorney Kevin Young said that the owner of the junkyard, Gerard Scelzo, met with town officials last week in response to violations cited by Building Inspector William Walcutt. “There are five or 6,000 tires there,” said Supervisor Hynes. “There’s no way the town should be responsible.”

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