Village board signs off on filter, mulls water extension


HOOSICK FALLS, NY — The Village Board on Tuesday signed off on a permanent filtration system to remove a potentially harmful chemical from the municipal water.

Members also mulled the extension of the water and sewer lines down Route 22.

The Saint-Gobain Corporation already funded a "temporary" granulated activated carbon (GAC) filtration system at the village water treatment plant to remove perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). A larger system with a greater capacity, described as a "permanent" or "longer-term" solution, is expected to be installed by October at a cost of $2.5 million to $3 million, Mayor David Borge said.

A total of 23 bids were received by the May 4 deadline, according to Robert Flores, civil project manager for CT Male Associates of Latham, N.Y.

Kingsley Arms submitted a bid of $1,298,500 for general contractor services; Echart Mechanical, $21,000 for plumbing; Tri-Valley Plumbing and Heating, $109,750 for mechanical; and CKM Electrical, $116,285 for electrical. The total construction cost of $1.54 million does not include the carbon media or vessels that hold them, Flores said.

The board ultimately tabled a discussion on a project that would extend the water and sewer line on Route 22. Borge said representatives from both the Hoosick Falls Central School and the Hoosac School have indicated they'd like to be on municipal water.

A potential funding source is the Environmental Facilities Corporation's state revolving fund program.

"We've heard the governor's office supports this issue," said Richard DeGuida, a project manager with MRB Group of Rochester, N.Y. He said his firm's proposal is to prepare an engineering report with schedules and costs.

The two separate engineering reports for the water and sewer line extensions would cost $24,000 and $22,000, respectively. DeGuida said the EFC would reimburse for those costs.

Resident Robert Potter noted the state already paid for a GAC filter at the Central School and testing found the school's water supply doesn't contain PFAO.

"Most schools would rather be on municipal water," Borge responded, adding that there are many moving pieces. He noted the Hoosick Town Board took no action Monday and agreed with attendees' comments calling for more public input.

Other issues discussed at the meeting included a refund for water users who were unable to drink or cook with their tap water for months and the filling and draining of local swimming pools.

Additional reports from Tuesday's meeting will appear in an upcoming article.

Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979


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