BROCTON - Brocton Mayor Dave Hazelton expressed his thanks to members of village streets crews who responded to a sizeable water emergency last week during Wednes-day's bi-monthly meeting.
"I would like to give high praise and many thanks to our group that stayed out in the elements all night along, as well as our group at the water plant for keeping things running smoothly. They did an excellent job producing water in order to maintain levels so that once the water was turned back on, we could clear the lines. That was something that happened that we were unprepared for, but all of the crews reacted and did an excellent job handling it," Hazelton said.
A water leak at an aging hydrant on Highland Avenue caused water problems for customers last Wednesday morning and resulted in the need for the entire tank of water to be drained in order to fix the problem and get customers back on-line.
Trustee J. Dale Abram pointed out that the announced bulletin that went out stating Brocton Central School was closed due to the water emergency was incorrect. School was intended to be closed for winter break.
Trustee Gary Planty also added, "It was not a normal thing that happened, but we reacted to it, and were able to ask ourselves 'how could we react better and what could we learn?' during that time. The leak was actually detected before it was noticed at the hydrant because of how the levels are carefully monitored. The first notification actually came from the water plant."
The mayor also noted that crews and village leaders held a debriefing after the leak repair to see what suggestions they could glean for better plant operation.
In other matters, Planty also reported to the rest of the trustees that progress is being made with the grant opportunity for an electrical transformer and that the village's application is in the review stage.
Permission was granted by board members to allow Brocton Fire Department's Ambulance 201 to participate in a requested drill in Lakewood over the weekend. Fire Company Chief Bryan Woleben verified for the board that Portland Fire Department would provide coverage in its absence.
The trustees will meet again on March 5 at 7 p.m.