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July 5, 2013

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“To me, it’s an emergency,” said Czerkies. The board members later authorized the expenditure for the purchase of new hot water tanks that Czerkies said will be more efficient.

The board also authorized using $300,000 in contingency funds to begin the repair of County Highway 31, which was badly damaged by a mudslide last Friday amid torrential rains. County Highway Superintendent Ron Tiderencel said he remains hopeful that the project will be eligible for federal disaster assistance, though it probably will not be known for at least a week if that will be the case.

Tiderencel said he wants to have the road — which has been closed indefinitely — reopened by the end of August.

Rep. Keith McCarty, R-Springfield, the chairman of the county Public Works Committee, said the problem of road-bank erosion has been exacerbated by the cutting of trees during the construction of homes.

“Three feet of dirt is not going to stay there if there is nothing binding it there,” he said.

Tiderencel noted problems from runoff has intensified in recent years. But he noted the county was “really lucky” to escape the type of devastation that flooding caused in Herkimer County.

The board gave Tiderencel the authority to shift an additional $200,000 from his road-resurfacing budget into the Route 31 project if that amount is needed to complete the job. If the federal government agrees to reimburse the county for the expense, the money will be restored, McCarty said.

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