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Croton Board Dips into Budget to Fix Silver Lake Dam

July 3, 2006

When drought conditions occur in the Croton River and the water level recedes enough, the Village of Croton-on-Hudson will be ready with monies earmarked for making improvements to the dam at Silver Lake Park.

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The dam structure—made of stone, steel and concrete—has eroded over time resulting in sharp areas along the edge that can be dangerous for swimmers. Thus, the dam no longer acts as an effective barrier to swimmers who come too close to the structure in preventing them from going over and being carried downstream. In fact, the water that spills over the dam creates a strong undercurrent that makes it very difficult for swimmers to get away from the structure itself—without the help of someone from shore.

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Recently, the Village Board voted unanimously to put aside $12,000 to make such repairs in future. However, according to Manager Herbek, those monies do not represent the actual cost of the project since saying, “we talked about it in a number of staff meetings and I thinks its um, its our, it’s the staff’s best estimate at the moment of what we think it might cost. And it may cost more but it may cost less but it’s a starting point.”

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Video transcript:

Village Manager Rick Herbek: “The next resolution reads as follows:

WHEREAS, the Recreation Department had budgeted $12,000 in the operating budget to perform repairs to the dam at Silver Lake; and

WHEREAS, these type of repairs can only be done under drought conditions; and

WHEREAS, a capital fund for Silver Lake Dam repair has been established for this purpose,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Village Treasurer is hereby authorized to transfer from account # A7140.0414 $12,000 and increasing capital account # 3-7140-200-0405-129 by $12,000.”

Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: “On the motion? Thank you Trustee Gallelli and second by Trustee Wiegman. Discussion. This again is just a transfer. They’ve been trying to develop a slush fund, um so we’re just transferring into capital accounts so it stays there. Correct? And again, they can’t even look at this dam until the water slows down—which hasn’t happened.”

Trustee Charlie Kane: “This is the top of the dam that—“

Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: “The top of the dam at Silver Lake.”

Trustee Charlie Kane: “There is a sharp edge.”

Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: “Right. They’re not sure whats down there and how much its gonna cost. So, until we have a drought condition we’re not really going to have an estimate. And I think this is a great way of doing it. Putting a little money away each year when we have an opportunity so that we will hopefully have some if not all of the money to do the repairs.”

Trustee Ann Gallelli: “Is that how the $12,000 was arrived at? I mean there was no specific estimate at the time, ah just it was a decision to put some money in an account and let it—“

Village Manager Rick Herbek: “No, we talked about it in a number of staff meetings and I thinks its um, its our, it’s the staff’s best estimate at the moment of what we think it might cost. And it may cost more but it may cost less but it’s a starting point.”

Trustee Charlie Kane: “I think there was a steel cap that was discussed at tone of those meetings.”

Village Manager Rick Herbek: “Yeah.”

Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: “Okay. Any further discussion? All those in favor?”

Collectively: “Aye.”



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