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Herrings moves ahead on projects

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HERRINGS — The village has been informed by the state Department of Transportation that its sidewalks are not up to code.

Despite that, the Board of Trustees decided Monday to wait until the ongoing water project with the village of Deferiet is underway before preparing a sidewalk project. Engineers from Bernier, Carr & Associates, Watertown, have already informed village officials that some sidewalks will have to be torn up during the installation of water lines.

According to village Mayor Richard A. Beirman, the partial shutdown of the federal government has stalled the water project, which is funded in part through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural development office.

The Herrings board approved a recommendation by the Deferiet-Herrings Water Commission to move forward with the purchase of the water tower so it is ready for installation once the federal funding is released.

The commission is continuing to have easements signed by property owners within the villages and on the route of the water lines between the two villages.

Mayor Beirman said permission has been granted by the commission to have a resident outside the village join in the water project but they must pay for the installation of the laterals from the main line into their home.

Last month, the board considered a request by Robert Foster to purchase the well house and well for use as a fish hatchery.

Mayor Beirman reported that after checking with the state Department of Health, the request will be denied. The DOH requires the contaminated well to be capped off and sealed.

After discussion, the board decided on a policy for use of village property.

There will be a refundable security deposit of $25 for use of the village’s table and chairs, meeting hall or park.

Residents would not be charged an additional fee unless they require use of the kitchen area which has a stove and refrigerator, in which case there will be a $20 rental fee.

Non-residents will be charged $25 for the use of the table and chairs, meeting hall or park; an additional $20 for use of the kitchen plus the $25 refundable security deposit.

The security deposit will be refunded if no damage is done to the village property and it is left clean.

The board also decided to host a Halloween party from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26 for residents at the village municipal building, 35983 Route 3.

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