Power surge knocks out water plant, village hall springs a leak

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Incorrect minutes — Trustee Betty Jo Bono said past village minutes had recorded her as voting “yes” to the annexation of town land to the village to accommodate BT Holdings’ development plans, and that this error was recorded in county records. In fact she had voted against annexation. She asked how this could be corrected. Village lawyer Ian Schlanger said he would file an amendment with the county.
Tax bills confusion — Mayor Phil Valastro said a continuing problem for the village is not having correct forwarding addresses for tax bills, resulting in multiple mailing costs and the waste of staff time. Village Clerk Rebecca Rivera said she has approximately 50 bills with no forwarding address, with most in Whispering Hills. In addition, there have been erroneous entries in the information being put into a new system at town hall. Valastro urged homeowners to update sale information and deeds. If a bank pays the taxes, the village is obligated to send a receipt to the owner. Bills sent to the wrong address are returned to the village.
The Rustic Wheelhouse (formerly Bodles Opera House) will open soon.
Alan’s Falafal received a permit to renovate the storefront next to door, to extend its dining room.
Keep lawns trimmed, reminded building codes officer John Orr.
Dig Safe NY — Streets supervisor Charlie Bono and other members of his department attended a Dig Safe NY seminar and an Orange & Rockland seminar about a new municipal streetlight internet portal: they’ll be able to do inventory and see location of older lights and identify where upgrades, installations or removals are needed; and will be able to report street light outages. The system should be up and running mid-July.
Backhoe repairs took three weeks. The street department thanked Anthony La Spina of the Town of Chester Highway Department for use of the town's backhoe in the meantime.
Low-hanging hazard — Valastro asked Charlie Bono to notify the proper authority about re-lashing a low-hanging cable near Key Bank, that might pose a problem if hit by a truck.

By Ginny Privitar

— A serious power surge at the Village of Chester's water filtration plant “fried everything” during a severe storm over Memorial Day Weekend, said Chester Mayor Phil Valastro on June 9.

Downed cables caused the problem. “It was so bad a surge it jumped the fuses,” Valastro said.

Village calendar

July 12 — Fireworks at dusk. Chief Pete Graziano reminds the public there will be traffic congestion peaking between 6-11 p.m.
June 21 — Chester Historical Society annual yard sale at Erie Rail Road Station Museum on Winkler Place, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Proceeds support the historical society.
June 21 — Chester and Middletown Kiwanis will sponsor "Mini Golf Family Fun Faire" at the Castle Fun Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Raina Ferraro Fund to help the family manage the costs of care. Raina is a graduate of Chester Academy who suffered brain damage and requires long-term care.
May-October — Chester Historical Society: Exhibit of items “Made in Chester,” past and present. Open Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Erie Railroad Station Museum.
June-October — Chester Farm Market, sponsored by the Chester Historical Society. Sundays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendors will vary according to what is in season. For information, call Carole Duffy at 914-329-9721. Local produce/hand-made goods vendors are welcome to inquire.

It took two and a half to three weeks to get replacement parts. The village used backup wells in the meantime.

Parks and recreation

Summer camp from June 30 - Aug. 8; additional sign up dates are June 11 and 18 at town hall between 6-8 p.m. A water use agreement with the school district will allow limited outdoor water use for the camp.
Outdoor movie nights at Chester Commons July 25 and Aug. 8, movie to be announced.
Senior movie day discontinued until further notice.
Men’s basketball league 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at Maple Ave. gym
Women’s basketball league — Anyone interested should call 469-7000 ext. 2.
Drama Club Camp— Anyone interested should call 469-7000 ext. 2
Local parks — Commons, Community, Oak and Pulvirent Parks — are now open.

In another infrastructure failure over the same weekend, a water leak sprouted in the village board's meeting room, said Valastro. A pipe broke in the ceiling, flooding part of meeting room and some of the police station downstairs, he said.

Servepro did the cleanup. The village is getting bids to replace the carpet and part of the walls that were opened to find the leak.

Building inspector John Orr was on vacation at the time, and police Chief Pete Graziano took care of the problem.

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