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Sluiceway slated for protective grate

Safety concerns prompt board to cap drainpipe on Spafford Landing

— “It sounds like a good idea to put a cap over it,” Councilor Louis Hanlon said.

Wiers said the highway department employees have previous experience building a grate out of rerod similar to what Stevens is looking for on Spafford Landing Road.

“The one that we built, we got the idea from the people who sell them,” Wiers said, adding that to purchase a gate of that magnitude would have cost approximately $2,000. His department was able to construct one for just a few hundred dollars.

Also at the meeting:

—The board approved a public hearing to be held 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Town Hall. The board wishes to extend a moratorium on hyro-fracking. Stevens said a moratorium is currently in effect, but the one previously approved is very short. The new document is more in-depth and contains more “legalese.” Stevens said the moratorium provides the board more time to research hydraulic fracturing, a method of extracting natural gas from shale and other rock formations deep within the earth.

“We will deal with this in the proper form,” he said.

Resident Mary Menapace asked the board to read a study by a veterinarian who examined farm animals in hydro-fracking areas around the country. She supplied all councilors with a copy of the study.

“The process introduces toxins, airborne and waterborne, into the environment,” Menapace said.

Residents will have the opportunity to speak with the town attorney during the hearing, as well as ask questions regarding the moratorium.

—Wiers was given approval to purchase additional paint to finish painting the interior of the highway garage. Previously he had purchased 25 gallons, of which 15 has been used, and believes he needs about 30 more gallons. The cost is $76.50 per 5-gallon bucket, bringing the purchase total to $459. The board authorized Wiers to use funds from the highway budget to purchase as much paint as he needed, even if it was more than the estimated 30 gallons.

Miranda L. Pennock is an eagle newspaper contributor.

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