Local Flood Analysis for Boiceville and West Shokan
Resolution #12 of 2014 Supporting Coordinated Engineering Services for Local Flood Analysis (LFA) has been presented to Town Board members for approval at the August 12th monthly meeting. Local Flood Analysis will be undertaken to determine the causes of flooding in the hamlets of Boiceville and West Shokan and to investigate and analyze the overall potential of specific projects that may assist in the mitigation of flood damages and hazards. This LFA will be conducted with funding from the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) Grant Program. The Town of Olive requests that Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) be the facilitator of the Request for Bids of engineering/consultant firms as they will pay any and all costs associated with a signed grant agreement. AWSMP will advertise for bids, organize & review bid proposals, and present their findings to the Olive Flood Advisory Committee who will then make their recommendation to the Town Board. The figure obtained through the bidding process will be the amount of funding that Olive will apply for when the grant application becomes available in September. The Flood Advisory Committee met on July 10th and will meet again on August 7th, 6:30 pm at the AWSMP office on Route 28 in Allaben. We are meeting in Allaben as we will be plotting flooding areas on maps and will need to access data files and maps that are on their server. Anyone interested in attending the August 7th meeting is welcome as your first hand account of flooding events is a valuable source of information.
Minutes of the Flood Advisory Committee meeting of July 10th are available at this link: Olive Flood Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes_7-10-2014
Resolution #12 of 2014 and the Memorandum of Understanding between Olive and Cornell Cooperative can be viewed at the following two links:
Landfill Cap Repair
Clark Patterson Lee is the engineering firm that oversees groundwater monitoring and methane gas levels at the landfill as required by NYSDEC regulations effective December 31, 1988. Several years ago our engineering firm observed in their annual environmental monitoring event that the landfill final cover system showed significant signs of erosion in the central area associated with a large slump. Initial field observations indicate a topsoil layer and grass mat slide along the interface of the barrier protection layer. It does not appear that the clay cap was compromised. The Town Board, along with Highway Superintendent Jimmy Fugel, has met with the engineer on several occasions and will do an in-house repair of a small area of 6 ft. wide by 2.5 ft. deep, and 202 ft. in length. The barrier protection soil required analysis with the lab results being received on July 30th determining it an acceptable product. Erosion control turf reinforcement fabric cover along with topsoil and a barrier protection layer will be installed by Highway personnel at the direction of the engineer and the DEC representative. It has been determined that we will proceed with one of the smaller projects in hopes that it will be the solution to our problem. This work should commence, weather permitting, in late August. We hope for dry weather as we will be renting smaller equipment to work on the delicate landfill cover surface.
There are other concerns that will be addressed and there could be issues that public participants may want to bring up. We welcome your attendance at board meetings.