Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Village Acts on Flood Risk
The Village of Middleburgh's July meeting was shadowed by concern about June's flash flooding and the risk of future flooding. At the meeting, local residents voiced concern about problem areas. DPW Chief Dale Nunamann explained that his crew has been working to minimize future risk. The Village approved immediate action over the last week. Supervisor Buzon of the Town and Mayor Avitabile declared a preparatory state of emergency on Friday June 28th to enable cleaning of two of the problem streams. The Board also heard of a plan to repair the creek near the former MCS District Office. The plan was prepared by the Schoharie County Soil and Water District. The Village approved up to $50,000 for pressing flood debris removal. Deputy Mayor Dr. Thomas Gruning proposed a local law that would impose fines for dumping in the creeks within the Village. First offense would be a $1,000 fine. Subsequent violations would incur a $5,000 fine. Trustee Sheryl Adams thanked DPW Chief Dale Nunamann and his crew for outstanding work during the June 14th event. Nunamann thanked his crew and the Middleburgh Fire Department.