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Philmont DPW busy keeping the water in the pipes


PHILMONT—The Philmont Department of Public Works has repaired four broken water pipes, including one beneath Main Street.

Trustee Brian Johnson said at the January 12 Village Board meeting that since the breaks have been identified and fixed, “we’ve been using 20,000 gallons less.” Mr. Johnson said that he believes the pipe on Main Street had been leaking for a “long time,” although he didn’t specify how long.

Mayor Clarence Speed said that he had fielded a lot of complaints over the last month, some of them relating to the broken water pipes. The board also requested that water main breaks be reported to Emergency 911.

Mr. Johnson also addressed what he described as a “rumor” about the DPW building influencing the Fire Department’s budget for a new truck. He said that the rumors were “not true”—there was no connection between the two, and that the DPW’s budget had been set for a long time.

The board accepted Shakerley Fire Truck Sales’ bid for a new fire truck, subject to a bond resolution.

In other business this week:

  • The board reminded residents that petitions for village elections are due beginning February 3 and no later than February 10. Two trustee seats and the mayor’s seat will be up for election. Voting will take place on March 18 at the Village Hall from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Philmont, Claverack and Mellenville fire companies all responded to a structure fire at 700 Harlemville Road and were able to save the structure
  • There will be a breakfast fundraiser for this year’s Community Day on March 22 at the Village Hall
  • Eagle Street received an award for best Christmas lights this year.



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