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Colden town board will fix water leak

COLDEN — The Colden town board began its Oct. 3 meeting with a Community Development Block Grant public forum.

After fielding questions from attendees, Colden Supervisor Annie Hoffman made a motion to apply for the board’s top three choices.

The number one choice was for generators to be installed at the senior center. The second choice was for a Rural Transit van, and the third was for the construction of a vestibule with a handicapped-accessible entrance at the front of the town hall.

The water department will repair a leak behind the town hall. The leak eluded detection during the past several months and has been dumping water into a creek near the building.

“How quick before they’re going to be able to fix [the leak] behind the town hall?” Hoffman asked the planning board, about the issue. “We’re losing a lot of water every day.”

I don’t know,” said Greg Adams, water worker. “I’ve been after these guys, but if they don’t return your phone call, they don’t return your phone call.”

“Erie County Water Authority knows about the leak, and they want to have their hand in it, too,” Adams added. “So, once I get something from the engineer that says we can, then ECWA wants to look it over, before they allow us to do it.”

In order to repair this leak, water will have to be shut off in select areas of Colden, for a short amount of time.

Councilwoman Patricia Zurbrick asked if customers affected by the work would be contacted.

“Everybody is going to have to be notified,” Adams said. “We’ll get a schedule from the contractor. He seemed to think it might take around six hours to do.”

Adams said that the school will not be affected by the water shutoff, but that approximately half of the town’s water customers will be affected. Those individuals will be notified either by phone call or flyer.

In other board news:

– The town’s first fall festival, which will include a pumpkin contest, will take place on Oct. 19 from 1-3 p.m.

– The town of Colden board members made a motion to join a water source protection study, at no cost to the town.

The next Colden Town Board meeting will take place on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

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