2005-11-24 / News

Contamination avoided at reservoir

Interim Town Administrator Thomas Tighe advised the Town Council Nov. 14 that quick response to an accident prevented contamination of North Pond reservoir.

Public Works Director Steven Goslee provided additional information Monday night, including emphasis that the Jamestown Fire Department provided exceptionally quick and effective response. He estimated that cost for the containment was $10,000. No spillage entered the reservoir, he added.

A camper descending Rosemary Lane, across from the reservoir, apparently lost its brakes and rolled across North Main Road, through the reservoir’s stone wall and onto the banks of the pond, where it leaked gasoline, Tighe said.

Tighe said the state Department of Environmental Management sent a hazardous materials crew that dug up the soil in the area of the spill.

The town then had the area inspected by its consultants from GeoEnvironmental, which tested and removed more soil. The town will seek reimbursement from the owner of the camper for cost of cleanup and repairs to the stone wall.

In another town Department of Public Works matter, Tighe reported that the highway crew was commended by Franklin Julian of Columbia Lane for the sweeping done on East Passage Estate roads without causing delays or disturbing driveways. Julian pronounced it the best such work done in his 26 years as a Jamestown resident.

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