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St. Armand considers repairing its fire hydrants

September 24, 2010
By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer

BLOOMINGDALE - The town of St. Armand is looking into repairing or replacing six of its fire hydrants soon.

Town water and sewer Superintendent Bary Crary has done an inventory of the hydrants in the town, and he told the town board Wednesday that the six most in need of attention are one next to the Bloomingdale firehouse, one on Vine Street and four near the Franklin/Essex county line, headed toward Vermontville.

Town Supervisor Joyce Morency said Waterous, the company that supplied all but one of the town's hydrants, also repairs them. She asked Crary to contact Saranac Lake village Department of Public Works Superintendent Robert Martin, whom she said would have the contact information, and then contact Waterous to see if the aging hydrants can be fixed.

"I think we have to make an effort to see if we can have the hydrants repaired," Morency said.

The town board discussed ways to stretch out the repairs to keep the cost in any one year down.

Morency asked Crary to go through the list and rank the other hydrants in order of which ones might require attention sooner. About 20 other hydrants worked fine when he flushed them, Crary said, but will need new valve boxes.

Replacing each hydrant would cost $4,400.



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