BROCTON - The Brocton Village Board of Trustees had several housekeeping items on its agenda for the August meeting.
One of which was checked off of the list was the annexation process for two uninhabited properties on Lake Avenue which will extend a new village property line and allow for the accommodation of sizeable pieces of the wastewater treatment plant upgrade taking place in Brocton.
The village began the annexation process last year to solve a sort of Catch-22 situation for the treatment plant project. The additional expanse was needed to accommodate the large cement tanks and new electrical equipment that will be part of the new facility. Unfortunately, the old tanks and electrical couldn't technically be removed off of the site and decommissioned until the new pieces were installed and working.
After completing all necessary legal steps, village attorney Sam Drayo described the adoption of a local law for the village to annex both pieces of property as "the final step to completion of the vacant properties surrounding the treatment plant."
A unanimous roll call vote by the board resolved the properties' annexation by the village.
With that item crossed off of the agenda, the board also resolved to obtain the services of Hodgson Russ, LLP to represent the village in a dispute taking place with the electrical contractor for the wastewater treatment plant project.
Brocton's Mayor Dave Hazelton described the dispute as a "typical 'he said/she said' disagreement over the work included in one of the electrical bids which is holding up the project."
He and Drayo stress the importance of getting a resolution on the matter, especially since the original completion date of the project was set for on or around Aug. 1. The component that digests the waste at the facility requires live microbes to have started a life cycle in order to work, and with cold weather approaching, Hazelton is concerned that could be effected.
"This is a very big issue to resolve; nothing runs without electrical," stated the mayor.
Experienced in construction litigation, Hodgson Russ will be representing the village with a cap amount set for no more than $8,000. Drayo noted that numerous attempts to resolve the matter with the contractor have failed leading the village to pursue litigation.