By Ann Belcher
BROCTON - A long-standing agenda item has been officially crossed off of the Portland Town Council's meeting lineup.
With all work completed at the John and Carol Boltz residence in Portland, council members approved the payment of the two outstanding invoices that were holding up the close of Water District 7 in the town.
Council members agreed to the payment of $1,550 to Burgun Trucking and $3,450 to Sicar Construction to officially close the project. Satisfactory weather conditions were being waited upon so the Boltz property could be restored after it was damaged by the installation of the newest Portland water district.
Council members adopted a motion not to act on the request for a new hydrant at that address, as stated by Town Attorney Charles Loveland, "it meets engineer specifications."
A new hydrant was requested since it was installed in a slight divot of land, but as Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz noted, the "contractor was required to put the hydrant in at ground level, it just happens to be in a slight dip. It was put in according to project specifications and the money would have to come out of the water district to pay for it to be raised up any. There is a hydrant there now that wasn't before."
Councilman Al Valentin concurred.
"As long as it's functional and if it's going to cost the district extra money, I would vote that we not do this."
In other matters, a successful groundbreaking for the Peerless Street Bridge project was reported by the town supervisor. He noted that Town Highway Supervisor Chuck Kelley will be able to begin his work any time on the project and will be taking advantage of a good amount of fill dirt leftover from a project at Lake Erie State Park, just seconds up the road from the bridge project.
In other matters, the council also established Nov. 10 as the last day to pay delinquent water accounts before they are levied on the county tax roll.
Schrantz updated the council members on the potential direction of Chadwick Bay Regional Water Development's proposed plans versus a North County Water project.
"We're holding off until we see the results of the grant application for a North County Water project. We are still meeting and discussing how to proceed forward and hope to have an answer by December as to whether we've been awarded the money or not," Schrantz said.
The council will meet again on Nov. 13 for its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. A Nov. 7 public hearing has been slated for 7 p.m. for the town budget and Local Law 1 of 2013 which would authorize the council to exceed the 2 percent tax cap if needed.