Village still looking for Pike Brook dam taker

T he village continues to look for someone to purchase the Pike Brook dam property but has yet to find a taker.

Trustee Ken Bartholomew said last week that several people have expressed interest in the property but most have backed off once they learned of mandated repairs the dam needs.

“Several people have looked at it, but they get scared off because of the dam and the regulations,” Bartholomew said.

It appeared the village was getting close to finding a buyer in the last few weeks, but the interested party backed off amid concerns that a neighboring property owner was threatening the village with legal action.

Bartholomew said no one is taking legal action against the village and he was writing a letter to the Realtor to explain that. He said someone was upset with the village for some trees that had been removed and the village was working to rectify the situation.

The dam became an issue after the failure of the Hadlock Dam in Fort Ann several years ago.

That disaster, which resulted in the destruction of multiple homes and washed-out road surfaces, compelled inspectors to take a closer look at dams throughout the state as well as pass tougher, more stringent legislation.

The Pike Brook dam, which is located on a picturesque, 18-acre plot of land on Pike Brook Road, was inspected by the Department of Environmental Conservation, which mandated maintenance repairs that could cost the village nearly $500,000.

Instead of fixing the dam at that price, the village listed the property for sale but it has yet to attract a buyer.

The land has been listed for $49,900.

“It’s a $50,000 piece of property with a half-million (dollar) problem,” Bartholomew said.

The repairs could be made for less by a private owner because they aren’t held to same standards as a municipality that must pay prevailing wages.

The dam was been built around 1924 and is roughly 30 feet high and 75 feet across, and made entirely of concrete. Bartholomew said the dam has about 2.6 million gallons of water behind it.

The dam was primarily used as a back-up source of drinking water but hasn’t been used in over 30 years.

Most of the area surrounding the dam is undeveloped.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Classifieds 05/20/14

Norton, Rocque, Scrimo elected

Pat Norton

By Dan King The results are in and the three new faces on the Whitehall Board of Education will be […]

Celani, Bartholomew, McDermott, Torres win seats

celani bw

By Joshua Bassett The Granville CSD Board of Education faced a lot of possible changes Tuesday night, as four seats […]

Whitehall pledges support for medical marijuana facility

medical marijuana

By Dan King The number of Washington County municipalities pledging support for a medical marijuana growing facility in the county […]

Roads in Hartford to change hands, names

By Dan King “Old-timers” in Hartford will soon have to adjust to some street name changes in the town. The […]

Smith leads Horde youth movement

smith tennis player color

By Laura McCusker The Granville High School tennis team played to a 6-2 record this spring. To help it achieve […]

Armstrong, Bartholomew at odds on park vandalism

By Dan King The top elected official in the town of Whitehall and the top elected official in the village […]

Washington County towns to get more back in sales tax

County Board

By Dan King The Washington County Board of Supervisors voted Friday to allocate 7 percent of all total sales tax […]

Granville fifth-graders invention in contention

By Joshua Bassett Emily Powers, a fifth-grader at Granville Elementary School, said her messy desk served as an inspiration to […]

Town of Whitehall targets loose animals

By Dan King Whitehall town officials are looking to crack down on those who let their animals run loose. Officials […]

Hearing set on Hebron road abandonment

The Hebron Town Board will hold a public hearing at its meeting on June 25 regarding the possible abandonment of […]

Local man charged with child assault

Tyler Beebe, 20, of Granville, has been charged with assault in the third-degree for recklessly causing an injury to another […]