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The Telegram
  • Traffic on Reservoir Road may be limited

  • Last week’s water main break on Reservoir Road was the third this year and those breaks and the repairs that followed have left the road in poor condition, according to Department of Public Works Superintendent Peter Macri.

    “The condition of the road is really poor,” Macri told the village board during a meeting Monday evening. “We did the best we could.”

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  • Last week’s water main break on Reservoir Road was the third this year and those breaks and the repairs that followed have left the road in poor condition, according to Department of Public Works Superintendent Peter Macri.
    “The condition of the road is really poor,” Macri told the village board during a meeting Monday evening. “We did the best we could.”
    He said the repair job was a temporary fix, but added it didn’t make sense to make permanent repairs to the road until problems with the water lines are dealt with.
    “We’ve posted ‘rough road’ signs,” said Macri. “I think we should limit traffic on that road to emergency vehicles only.”
    Macri said village crews won’t be able to use the large plow on Reservoir Road this winter and, if there is a heavy snow, the smaller plow won’t do the job.
    “We’d have to take a bucket loader up there to clear the snow,” he said.
    Water and Sewer Department Superintendent Scott Blais agreed with Macri regarding road repairs.
    “We should leave it stone and oil,” he said. “There’s no sense putting money into paving it right now.”
    Village Attorney Nick Macri pointed out stone and oil would harden into a macadam surface over time.
    Blais said Reservoir Road will have to be kept passable. He noted there was a power line down near the college after Superstorm Sandy came through and traffic to the college had to be diverted from Lou Ambers Drive to Reservoir Road. “It has to stay open,” said Blais.
    Peter Macri agreed the road would have to be kept passable, but said it should be for emergency use only.
    Blais said the breaks in the 16-inch water main this year occurred in the winter, in the summer and last week. All three occurred near the same area and they were not caused by extreme cold, wet weather or heavy traffic.
    “I think the ground is saturated,” he said. “It looks as if the road has shifted.”
    Macri said development in the area has affected the amount of storm runoff.
    It was noted the county also has an interest in Reservoir Road with Herkimer County Community College on the hill as well as the county 911 Center.
    Trustee Harold Stoffolano said he would talk to Nicholas Laino, vice president for administration and finance at HCCC, about the problem.
    The public works superintendent said he would contact the county.
    Mayor Mark Ainsworth said the village should plan to look at a joint project involving the village, college and county in the spring to correct the problems.
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