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  • Mohawk deals with flood issues

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  • The Mohawk village board continued to deal with flood-related issues during a meeting Tuesday evening.
    The board accepted the bid of Central Paving for $52,900 to pave several village streets damaged in the early summer flooding.
    They include two sections of Catherine Street, a section of Erie Street and the intersection of Erie and North streets, two parts of Fulmer Street and a section of Firman Street, as well as the road to RDR and the ball fields.
    No other bids were submitted.
    Mayor Jim Baron said he has been looking into possibilities for disposing of an estimated 22 tons of creek waste that remain heaped in large piles along the road to the ball fields. One quote for renting stone crushing equipment came in at $30,000 a month plus fees. He is exploring the possibility of having a contractor take away the rubble, which could be processed and sold. Baron estimated removing the piles could take three weeks to a month.
    Jeremy Silverman, senior project manager with Grant and Essential Management Services, asked if the pile could be used to construct a berm to prevent future flooding, but Baron said the Army Corps of Engineers said the waste could not be used for this purpose.
    The board postponed action on a proposed revenue anticipation note to pay its flood-related bills pending reimbursement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for flood-related costs. The village had received a quote for borrowing $2 million, but the mayor asked for a quote for taking out an RAN for $1 million. The board will consider the matter again at its next meeting. Board members hope they will have a better idea then how much is needed.
    Board members received a list of contractors who assisted during the flood and an estimated cost of services for each. Contractors and the mayor must sign paperwork before the costs can be submitted to FEMA for reimbursement. The board authorized the mayor to sign any additional contracts with vendors as needed.
    The board also discussed the insurance claim for the police department's 2011 Tahoe that was damaged in the flood. Electrical components were damaged. The village had the option to accept a settlement or buy the vehicle for $3,500 and put it back on road for limited use. Chief Joseph Malone had indicated the vehicle could serve as an extra vehicle to use when an additional officer is on duty. He also plans to pursue quotes on a new 2014 Tahoe. The board agreed to accept the chief's recommendation.
    Village Attorney Karl Manne said he would contact the attorney for Catskill, which has submitted a claim regarding a fire engine that broke down here during the flood.

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