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Monitoring the sewers

At its July 19 meeting, the Glenville town board approved three resolutions that will help with upcoming public works projects.

The first was a resolution accepting a bid from Joe Johnson Equipment, Inc., in Rochester for a color television inspection system that will help find holes and malfunctions in the town's sewer system.

Councilman Robert Bailey said the malfunctions in the sewer system allow rainwater to get into the system. Because the town pays the city of Schenectady by volume to dispose of its sewage the excess rainwater costs the town money.

The inspection system is a robot-like camera that crawls along the sewer pipes and shows where problems occur. The acquisition of the machinery not only allows the town to improve sewer lines, but also helps with the maintenance of culvert and storm water pipes.

The machinery will cost $59,035 and is funded by the Woodhaven Sewer #6 Capital Project.

The second resolution was to buy a 2006 Tandem Asphalt Roller from Contractors Sales Company, Inc. in Albany.

Commissioner of Public Works Richard LeClair said he would be unable to repair roads in a timely fashion without a new tandem asphalt roller. Part of the Highway Department's five-year plan was to purchase one of these machines.

The roller will cost about $17,200 and is almost entirely funded through the sale of surplus equipment at an auction.

The third resolution gave Kestner Engineers P.C. the authority to conduct a report into the feasibility of providing sewer services to town residents residing in the area of Woodcrest, Woodhaven, Glen Hill, Elmwood, Oakwood and Governor drives.

Residents in that area had informed the town board at its last meeting about the negative impact the lack of sewer services were having on their properties. Residents had signed an informal petition requesting that the study be done. The study will cost the town about $4,000.

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