Collapsed Compost Building Taken Down


Village Clerk Gayle Barnes shows new Trustee Gerda Mortelette where to sign after taking the Oath of Office.


Over two days earlier this month the City of Utica hauled away the Village of Waterville’s compost building at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.


Department of Public Works Superintendent Jamie Bechy told the Board at last week’s meeting construction work started last week on the new building. Storm damage this winter crushed part of the old building, which was slated for demolition as part of the improvements being done at the facility.


A redesign of the new building saved the Village $4,000, dropping the cost to just over $168,000.


At the start of the hour-long reorganizational and regular meetings, Village Clerk Gayle Barnes swore in new Trustees Gerda Mortelette and Amanda Briggs. Also taking oaths for another one-year appointment were Village Attorney Bill Getman, Codes Officer Kevin English and Village Historian Pat Louise.


Trustee Brian Bogan was appointed deputy mayor, Barnes was appointed for another two years and the Waterville Times and NBT Bank were kept as the official newspaper and bank, respectively.


Board members approved taking $22,720 out of fund balance to have waste and sludge removed from the damaged building by Eggan Excavating. The amount is expected to be reimbursed by the insurance claim for the collapse.


The Board approved two requests to use village facilities. Waterville Pop Warner can use Babbott Park for Strength and Conditioning training in July from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The Community Room in Village

Hall can be used by a book club this month…



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