The water level today is 247.21 and the outflow is 9,000 cm/s. The River Board has reported that the Ottawa River has crested and those flows have started to come down. As they come down, the outflow from Lake Ontario will be raised. The USACE forecast from a month ago indicated water levels would be 247.41 today. Hopefully, the trend continues. The level forecast for May 18 this 247.76. If we can stay under 248 we will be in good shape.
Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday we will have work crews here to place sandbags. We will be placing them in the most vulnerable spots not already protected. We expect to complete that work this week. More sandbags will be delivered to the village this week. Some of those will be for Charles Point residents. We will continue to keep our eyes on the water levels and will place gravel along Wickham Blvd and other areas as needed. We also expect delivery of 6” pumps at some point this week.
The Fire Department has canceled their Mother’s Day Chicken BBQ due to COVID-19. Jack’s has stepped up to hold a Chicken BBQ on Mother’s Day and will donate $2 of every meal to the fire department. The Pot-of-Gold has also been rescheduled. It will now be held on September 26th.
The REDI Beach Dune ‘early action’ survey work will be completed later this week. That will mark the location of the additional sand along the beach. A sample of the sand is outside the door of the village hall for anyone interested. Both the Lakestones and White Birch revised Engineering Reports have been accepted by the REDI Commission. As the engineer advances the design to the 60% level, the village board will work through the SEQR process for each project. While not as robust as the originally proposed projects, both of these revised projects will secure our wastewater infrastructure.
The stormwater project received the DEC permit needed. We expect feedback from NYS DOT very soon and should have the Coastal Consistency Review after the public comment period ends on May 22nd. At present we are working with the landowners on the easements for the outfalls. The 90% engineering report will be completed sometime in early May. Once that is complete we will have a public open house of some type to share that information.
The village offices remain closed to the public. Essential work continues in the highway, water and wastewater departments. Most of the staff will be here this week for the sandbagging operation and that will allow time to get caught up on some things that have not been done. The definition of ‘essential’ is pretty subjective and the guidance issued to us changes daily.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out.