CASSADAGA - On Tuesday at about 3:15 p.m., a motorist hit a fire hydrant on Dale Drive, knocked it off its base, and then left the scene of the accident.
State police from Fredonia report that Mark Banse-Fay, 20, was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and moving unsafely from lane.
The trooper who reported to the scene found the hydrant spewing water. The vehicle that struck it was located at the local boat launch unattended. The officer found Banse-Fay at a residence in Lily Dale. Reportedly, he admitted to driving the vehicle and failed field sobriety tests.
OBSERVER Photo by Diane R. Chodan
This fire hydrant on Dale Drive in Cassadaga was dislodged as the result of an automobile accident. Mainten-ance workers from Cassadaga, Sinclair-ville, Brocton and Lily Dale worked to contain the water.
Banse-Fay was processed at the state police barracks in Fredonia and released with appearance tickets. He will answer the charges in Stockton Court Aug. 12
Maintenance workers from Cassadaga were aided by workers from Sinclairville, Brocton and Lily Dale to deal with the water emergency.
According to Cassadaga Street Supervisor Thomas Fetter, "We got the water contained."
He was grateful for the assistance from the other municipalities.
The hydrant will probably have to be replaced.
Fetter informed Mayor LeeAnn Lazarony about the situation early on. She apprised Cassadaga Job Corps and Lily Dale, both of whom are water customers, of the situation but said later in the evening that the water did not have to be shut off.
Lazarony said, "I appreciate shared services from the other communities and want to thank those who assisted."
She also indicated she called the state police with her concern about restitution for the fire hydrant and the loss of water.
The topic will be discussed at the next meeting of the Village Board, tonight at 7 p.m.