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Mayville considers moving village elections to November

January 9, 2014
By Connie O’Connor - Correspondent , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

The Mayville March 2014 election may be the last spring election to be held in the village. Recently, village trustees passed a resolution which will put on the March election ballot a resolution that will change village election dates to coincide with the November general election date, beginning in 2016. Trustees believe that this measure will increase voter turnout, and will also be far less expensive, as many of the expenses will be small add-ons to federal and county election costs.

The trustees are hoping for relief from a pending Environmental Protection Agency regulation that could cost the village as much as $12,000. U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer is working to change the regulation so that the very small amounts of lead present in fire hydrants and associated brass fittings will continue to be allowed.

Since hydrants do not ordinarily supply drinking water these small amounts of lead have been permitted in the past, but the new EPA standard will apply after Jan. 1 if no change is made. According to John Buxton, village public works superintendent, the works superintendent, the village has three hydrants in inventory, worth about $2,000 each, as well as about $6,000 worth of brass plumbing fixtures.

These will have only scrap value if the pending legislation is not changed.

The Senate and House of Representatives each have since passed the Community Fire Safety Act, which, if it is signed by the president, will permanently exempt fire hydrants from reduced-lead standards and overturn the new EPA standard.

In other business, the board approved a concession agreement with the Mayville Fire Company for its second annual Ultra-Marathon scheduled for Lakeside Park in September.

The board also approved the purchase of tool boxes to be installed on a new electric department bucket truck. Work is to be done by Jacks Welding in Westfield, the low bidder on the job.



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