By Patti Slaughter

BROOKVILLE — Brookville residents are reminded that “we are still under a drought watch.” Borough manager Dana Shick said that “residents should use their water wisely and try to reduce their water usage by five percent.”

The report was made at the monthly meeting of the Brookville Municipal Authority, where several current projects were discussed.

Commissioner Clyde Bullers advised the board that fall hydrant flushing is scheduled to begin next Tuesday, September 20, and will continue through Wednesday, September 28. As hydrants are flushed in one area, it may affect a different area with low pressure and dirty water.

Residents will be notified by the rapid response system the evening before their lines are flushed.

Engineer Mark Glenn reported that work is going well at the White Street pump location. Terra Works is the contractor for the project and “they are doing a good job,” Glenn said.

Bison Construction has “about 1,700 feet of pipe in the ground in the water and sewer line project on Richards and short Street. The boring by Ace Hardware has been completed and Bison is currently working on the sanitary sewer installation between Comet Field and Route 322.

“We have had some really good digging conditions this summer,” Glenn said. “I look for the contractor to have all the pipe in the ground this year.”

The authority approved payment of invoices in the amount of $427,441.63 for work being done on these projects.

During the business meeting:

— Bullers reported briefly on the water line break the last week in August. He said the break was “in the swampy area between Quality Inn and the interstate.” Because the break drained some of the lines “it necessitated the boil water alert,” he said.

— the authority approved the purchase of a parcel of land around the Corsica water tank from National Fuel in the amount of $10,000, subject to some minor changes in the contract. The purchase is being made to provide a sufficient buffer zone around the water tank.

— Bullers reported that letters have gone out to the residents of the section of Mendenhall Road which have requested water service. Grant money for materials for the project may be available through the Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, with the authority responsible for the cost of installation. “We will just have to wait now to see what they (the residents) want to do,” he said, noting that 14 residents have expressed interest in the extension.

— Solicitor Jim Dennison reported that the contracts are out for review regarding the digging of a third water well.

— Bullers reported that 2,010 radio read water meters have now been installed throughout the system, with approximately 700 yet to be installed. “They are working out pretty well, and the accuracy is better,” he said.

The next regular meeting of the Authority will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 11 in the Borough Complex.

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