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The Dundee water tank needs replacement

DUNDEE—The water tank on McLaren Drive overlooking Dundee is in need of replacement and is a concern the village wants to address.
Village officials learned that the cost to repair and refurbish the tank would be about the same cost as a new tank. The tank was put into service in 1928.  About  $7 million would fix all Dundee’s water infrastructure woes.
While that amount of money is almost beyond comprehension, a project that could receive some grant funding was discussed during the May 11 meeting of the Dundee village board. Several alternatives have been discussed and the most acceptable one would focus on a new water line in the Rt. 14A corridor through the village, reconditioning the Chambers Street water tank and replacement of the water tank on McLaren Drive. The second tank noted was at the top of the short list.
Village Clerk Christine Sutherland said when the United States Department of Agriculture responded to their requests, a pre eligibility determination was made that indicated the village would be eligible for a 45 percent grant and the balance, a low interest loan.
One reason for selecting work on Rt. 14A is that it would be good to complete infrastructure work before plans can be made by New York State to repave the stretch of highway through the village.  It has been cleaned and painted over the years, but is in poor condition. A mixing system for both village water tanks is also included in the alternate and is another priority.
The cost of tanks and repaving totals $2,800,000. Of this amount, 45 percent or $1,139,000 could be covered by a grant and the balance by a low interest or possibly a zero interest loan for 38 years. The local cost of the project would be approximately $1.86 per 1,000 gallons of water used. The next  step will be to file a grant application.  
In other business: A popular feature from Dundee Days long past, bed races, is being revived this year. Contact person Deb Wright spoke to the board about the timing and route of the event which is part of the Our Town Rocks project. Both the route and time of the event were discussed at length. No one under age 18 will be allowed to participate this year. There will be a $10 entry fee and all proceeds will be donated to the Yates County Christmas Fund. Trustee Greg Wright said the whole idea is to keep people in town. The route and time will be discussed further by the committee. Trustee Judy Duquette said, “Don’t lose hope. It’s a great idea.”
• Fire Chief Dan Peterson told the board the department is considering dropping the age requirement for joining the department to 16. It is currently 18. The junior department would be eliminated. Several area departments have already discontinued their junior departments. Insurance agent Furman Kendall said his concern would be with someone that young operating the trucks, adding, “The biggest thing is that they get proper schooling and training and learn proper techniques.” He said the positive is that if they are considered village firemen they are covered by firemen’s benefits.
• The Show ‘n Go Car Show will be on June 23. Seneca Street will be closed to the laundromat from 5 to 9 p.m. There will not be a car parade this year.
• Streets superintendent Andy Howell spoke to the board about the continuing problem of trucks using the drive next to the village hall as a turn around. He said the state police said there is no way authorities can enforce a prohibition about use of the lot because it is not listed in the code book. Howell said there may be other signs in the village that must be added to the code book. Howell plans to make a list of those signs for the planning board.
The next meeting of the Dundee village board will be at 5 p.m. on May 25 in the village hall on Union Street.
 





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