DeGraff concerned over lead in water lines


The DeGraff Village Council met in regular session Tuesday night at Village Hall. Mayor Stephanie Orsborne opened the meeting by thanking the village first responders who have assisted in relief and clean-up efforts at the lake. 

In his report, Village Administrator Ken McDaniel reported to the council that Angle’s Nursery contacted him to provide mowing services at the village park. The quote he received was approximately $800 less than what the council had budgeted for the mowing. They also said they would handle the mowing at the water plant, but that amount exceeded what the village had approved to pay.

Mayor Orsborne interjected that by allowing Angle’s to handle the mowing at both locations, village employees would be freed up to handle more pressing issues. The pressing issue facing the village is the search for underground lead in village residents’ water lines. Mayor Orsborne discusses the recent notification by the EPA: 

Mayor Orsborne discusses how this will help village residents in the long-run: 

The council voted to allow Angle’s to handle the mowing for those locations.

In his report to the Safety Committee, Fire Chief Greg Beatty informed the council that to date, the fire department has been on 14 runs, 11 of which were for mutual aid. He also said that the New York Roof Hooks have been installed on the trucks. He also received word that the department has been awarded a $10,000 State Fire Marshall’s Grant that will go toward purchasing pagers for the department. He also relayed to the council that a resident has offered to donate weight training equipment to the department, the legality of which is being investigated.

Three ordinances were adopted after the three-reading rule was waived. The first would provide compensation for the village solicitor until March 31, 2025, and the second would allow the village to donate obsolete and unusable firefighting equipment to the historical society.

Three ordinances were given their second readings, one that would establish water rates, fees, and charges, one that would establish sewer rates, fees, and charges, and one that involved a records retention program for the village.