Neigh­bors to split $5K cost of new fire hy­drant

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

TOWN OF UL­STER >> The town wants five property own­ers to pay for the re­place­ment of a fire hy­drant on Lake View Av­enue.

Town Su­per­vi­sor James Quigley said the hy­drant, about half­way be­tween Lu­cas Av­enue and Scud­der Av­enue, was found to be in­op­er­a­ble dur­ing a re­cent in­spec­tion of Spring Lake Fire Dis­trict hy­drants.

“It was dis­cov­ered that the fire hy­drant on Lake View Av­enue has seized up,” he said. “It doesn’t work any more, it’s non-func­tional. That be­comes a fire com­pany is­sue be­cause if there’s a fire on that street, as there was in the mid-’90s, they’re not go­ing to be able to use that hy­drant.”

The property own­ers have been re­spon­si­ble for the cost of re­pairs to the hy­drant un­der the terms of a decades-old agree­ment, Quigley said.

“In 1979, five home­own­ers came to the town and de­manded wa­ter,” he said. “Out of that came a 40year agree­ment where the five home­own­ers paid for the con­struc­tion of the wa­ter line ... and in the agree­ment, they are re­spon­si­ble for the main­te­nance of that wa­ter line.”

Quigley said the property own­ers now will have to split the $5,000 cost of re­plac­ing the hy­drant.

For the time be­ing, fire­fight­ers will con­nect to hy­drants on Lu­cas Av­enue — there’s one at the cor­ner of Lake View — if there’s a fire in the neigh­bor­hood, or they’ll use wa­ter brought to the scene.

“That’s why most of the fire trucks in the town have 2,000 gal­lons of wa­ter on them,” Quigley said.

In a re­lated mat­ter, the town is in dis­cus­sions with sev­eral property own­ers on nearby Hill­side Ter­race about the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing served by the Spring Lake Wa­ter Dis­trict.

“Two are in the dis­trict and five of them are out­side the dis­trict,” Quigley said. “I’m go­ing to go to the five peo­ple out­side of the dis­trict and make a pre­sen­ta­tion to them that they are ca­pa­ble of get­ting town wa­ter if they agree to as­sume a cost of ap­prox­i­mately $7,000 per house for the con­struc­tion of this wa­ter line.”

Quigley said the five property own­ers have not cited any prob­lems with the wells they cur­rently use, “but they have ex­pressed an in­ter­est to im­prove the qual­ity of the wa­ter that they are get­ting, and at least three of them have in­di­cated to me that they are will­ing to pay for mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter.”

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

This faulty fire hy­drant on Lake View Av­enue in the town of Ul­ster is to be re­placed, with five property own­ers split­ting the $5,000 cost.

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