Skan News in Brief: Ongoing projects

Dispatch Center

The Dispatch Center committee held its fourth meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26. According to village trustee Sue Jones, the committee is making progress on researching the best location for the dispatch center. They expect to have a recommendation soon to present to both the town and village boards.

Orchard Road Sewage

The Department of Public Works is creating a work plan for the Orchard Road area including a schedule for flow meter and smoke testing. Testing needs to be done during stable weather conditions (no snowmelts or dry, warm weather). They are looking at the weather forecast to find a 5-7 day period to conduct the test. Home inspections were completed and at least one drain was found to be illegally connected to the storm sewer. A report of the findings and a plan of action should be completed soon.

New Fire station

The dedication of the new fire station is scheduled for Saturday, March 15. There will be an open house from 11-2 and the dedication will happen at 11:30. The public is invited to attend and installation of equipment will occur around this date as well.

Old Fire station reuse

A study on the design of the old fire station and the feasibility of its use for a new police station and/or village hall should be completed this week. A presentation is scheduled for the next Village Board of Trustees Meeting (March 10). This is not an architectural presentation, but will use diagrams to demonstrate the capacity possibilities of the building. Chief Lloyd Perkins said the police department supports the project and is in need of new headquarters.

Western Gateway Project

Bridgett Winkleman and Bergmann associates had a preliminary meeting with the Department of Transportation last week to discuss the goals and target timeline for the Western Gateway project. Winkleman said that they spoke largely in general terms, pointing out possible stumbling blocks in keeping the project on schedule. One such block could be making sure that Verizon was able to work with the schedule proposed by the project engineers. The DOT suggested the engineers meet with Verizon as soon as possible to discuss the possibility of moving some of the lines located along the project path. Bergmann is scheduled to meet with Verizon in the coming weeks and present a status update to the town board on March 11. Winkleman said that after that meeting, more public information meetings will be scheduled. In the meantime, the town as well as Bergmann are still reviewing the comments from citizens that were mailed in or submitted via the town's website.

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