Wallkill Valley Times Aug. 09 2017

T IMES WALLKILL VALLEY Vol. 35, No 32 3 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2017 3 ONE DOLLAR Cobra’s win state title Page 36 www .W allkill V alley T imes . net Montgomery pledges to fix farmhouse No more By RACHEL COLEMAN “I don’t want the farmhouse to fall down,” Bruce Shafer told the Montgomery Town Board on Thursday. The board has been taking steps to address the structure, located in the Benedict Farm Park off State Route 17K, which has fallen into disrepair. Recent testing has determined that the house also contains both asbestos and lead, which will need to be remediated prior to moving forward with any other work. “I’m not going to give up on the house,” said Shafer, urging the board to follow suit. Shafer asserted that until he began speaking up, the board was “just going to let it fall.” He thinks the board is “going in the right direction” now and that the house needs to be preserved. The town board agreed to seek quotes from companies able to address the asbestos and lead. In other business, the board approved the contract with JCO for the operation and maintenance of the sewer plant, at a rate of $5,000 per month. The board also accepted the resignation of Janice Cocks, the town’s assistant receiver of taxes. She leaves for the state of Florida to care for her mother. Following an executive session, Karen Roselli was hired to fill the position, with a start date of Aug. 14. N ational N ight O ut brown water? Montgomery working on solution By RACHEL COLEMAN After years of brown water, Montgomery is closing in on a solution for village residents. “This is the best way, the ultimate way,” said DPW Superintendent Buddy Nelson. The village’s Holt Well has higher than average levels of manganese, sending discolored water into the homes on Water’s Edge, Weaver and River Streets. A pilot test is currently underway to see if a filter is the answer. The water is run through media (sand) and the manganese is collected, leaving clearer water. The study is to determine how long the village can run the well before it starts to break through. Once the test is completed, their engineer will prepare a report to the Health Department which will comment or approve the installation. The hope is that once the filter is installed, there will be very minimal levels of manganese in the water and no discoloration. Nelson advised the village board at their meeting last week that they have another week of testing to go. The Walden Fire Department proudly displayed Old Glory over Bradley Park last Tuesday, during National Night Out. More photos on page 35. Continued on page 3 SERVING CRAWFORD, GARDINER, MAYBROOK, MONTGOMERY, PINE BUSH, SHAWANGUNK, WALDEN AND WALLKILL