Lyndonville working to address erosion problems by dam

Photos by Tom Rivers: The Village of Lyndonville has a fence on the north side of the Lyndonville because water is eroding the soil.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 January 2019 at 9:13 am

LYNDONVILLE – The village is working to replace two flood gates by the Lyndonville dam to keep water flowing through Johnson Creek.

The gates are corroded and water is backing up, washing out soil on the north side of the dam. The village has a section of land by the north wall fenced off due to the erosion.

The Village Board is working with engineer Paul Chatfield of the MRB Group on the project. The board last month on MRB’s recommendation approved a bid CPE Service System Solutions for two new flood gates.

The board has to approve an upcoming bid for installation of the gates. The entire project could be about $175,000, Mayor John Belson said.

The  village has approved two new flood gates for a the dam in a repair project that should keep the water from washing out soil by the north wall of the dam.

The village has been approved for $100,000 from state Sen. Robert Ortt through the State and Municipal Facilities Capital Funding Program or SAM. The money will come through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

The Lyndonville Area Foundation has also approved $65,000 toward the project.

The village will cover any remaining cost over $165,000.

Once the new gates are received by Lyndonville, the village will need to declare the repair an emergency to allow 30 days to make the repair, the mayor said.

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