By Connie O'Connor
WESTFIELD - Two shipwrecks sunk off Barcelona, including one in the harbor itself and the other just outside, are slated to become part of the Underwater Preserve project, sponsored by the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve. This project, run jointly by the states of New York and Vermont, provides public access for divers to historic shipwrecks.
According to Jim Herbert, the project will include public moorings and buoys for certified, registered divers to use at the site of the two underwater wrecks. A plaque will be placed in Barcelona to direct divers to the sites. All costs will be borne by the Preserve Project.
In other business, David Babcock, highway supervisor, told the board that the new salt building has been completed and is ready for the upcoming season.
Fall cleanup is scheduled for this morning at the Transfer Station. Supervisor Martha Bills commented on the improved appearance of the station.
The board will meet for a second budget workshop prior to the Preliminary Budget hearing to be held before the regular town board meeting on Nov. 6.
The board reminded citizens of the electric power outage scheduled for Sunday morning when all power to most of the town will be shut off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Marybelle Beigh commented that this will disrupt area churches, but Bills explained that the shutoff is absolutely necessary to repair the lines prior to the first snowfall.
A new Transfer Station attendant was hired, and pay was set for the attendant and the new assistant.