Canton town board seeking bids on Morley, Pyrites powered-hydrant pump houses
Monday, July 17, 2017 - 11:56 am

By ADAM ATKINSON

CANTON -- The town board passed a resolution at its meeting Wednesday night directing town supervisor David Button to draft an RFP (request for proposal) to seek engineering estimates on a proposal to construct powered-hydrant pump houses in Morley and Pyrites.

During discussion, Councilman Phil LaMarche said he wanted to confer more with the fire departments before moving forward with the plan.

Councilman Paul Backus made the motion to have the RFP drafted and circulated to get a better idea of cost of the project. Councilman Jim Smith seconded the motion.

Nether community has a charged water system for supplying water to hydrants for fire departments battling blazes. Firefighters operating in those communities currently get their water from the Grasse River. A dry hydrant installed to aid that process a few years ago was damaged by high water.

The town currently has an opportunity to accept donation of two used industrial pumps from a local corporation for the pumphouses. However the pumphouses, piping and installation would still require an expense on the town’s part.