Borough considers floodgate repairs

JOHNSONBURG – The Borough of Johnsonburg is considering making repairs to the floodgate at their pump-house station to better provide protection to residents along West Center Street.During Monday afternoon's borough council meeting, bids were received ranging from $3,200 to $6,000 for the repairs.Council member Alfred Maletto suggested not accepting a bid until the borough received more information from the Army Corps of Engineers concerning costs."Right now they are saying that the dirt has to be dug back up because of the existing lines that are through the dike," Maletto said. "We haven't got anything back, there are all kinds of questions and concerns with the building and with the electric to the building from when they were in there for the inspection. If we are going to be responsible for the entire flood control project then it's time not to put any money in."Council voted unanimously in favor of waiting to make repairs until the Public Works Committee reviews the project."If we don't repair the gate and there is flooding we are going to have all of that flood water setting here along Center Street," King said. "Even if they [Army Corps] do not approve, we still have to be responsible enough to the citizens to repair the gate. I think it's a safety issue for the residents along West Center Street. Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.Next meetingJohnsonburg Borough CouncilMonday, Nov. 144 p.m.Borough Office