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Massena town, village officials agree to water service & maintenance agreement

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MASSENA — Town and village officials have agreed on a new five-year water supply and maintenance arrangement that was made retroactive to Jan. 1, 2013, when the previous agreement expired.

Village trustees were the first to pass the agreement, at their meeting Tuesday. The Town Council followed suit Wednesday.

Village Trustee Timothy J. Ahlfeld said he and Department of Public Works Superintendent Hassan A. Fayad met with Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray and Councilman Samuel D. Carbone Jr. last week to discuss the agreement.

“There is no new language,” Mr. Ahlfeld said. “Joe is happy with it and so is Sammy.”

Mr. Gray said the agreement defines how town residents residing in a water district receive village water.

“This basically outlines the terms by which the village will supply the town with water and provide maintenance,” Mr. Gray said. “We purchase water from the village to supply the town district and pay them to provide maintenance to the district.”

Mr. Gray said the agreement will run through Dec. 31, 2018.

“It is what it is,” he said. “Not a whole lot has changed.”

Mr. Gray also said he was glad finally to have the agreement put to rest, at least for four more years.

“We’ve been talking about it for a couple of years, but now we have it finalized,” he said.

Rates for residents of the district will be established by the village on June 1 each year.

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