New Windsor locates possible water source

January 06, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

New Windsor's water problems may be ebbing.

Work crews struck water on the Route 31 property the town bought for exploration, and that might deliver enough water to supplement the town's waning supply, Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. said last night during the monthly Town Council meeting.

"We've hit a quantity of water that, if we can get rid of the turbidity or cloudiness, we could have enough water that could go to the developers," the mayor said.

He added that the findings are still in preliminary stages and gave no estimate when town officials might know if the well is usable.

But, he said, "We could possibly lift the ban."

The ban refers to the maximum 12 units that builders may place in a development until a well or combination of wells is found that will produce 150 gallons of water per minute to supplement the town's spring-generated water supply.

The work crews struck mud on their first attempt to drill a new well last month, but moved 75 feet from the original hole and struck a lode that may help the town resolve part of the supply problem.

In case that doesn't work out, the mayor and council also voted to institute a backup plan that involves searching for water on other town-owned properties.

That would eliminate the potential expense of purchasing private land on which they think sufficient water sources are located, they said.

In other business last night, the council decided to erect signs that designate an unnamed alley between the New Windsor Hardware store on Church Street and Karen's Kuttery hair salon as a no-parking area. The salon sits back off the street beside the alley.

Karen Jenkins, who owns the salon, has complained at numerous council meetings that people park in the alley, blocking it and inconveniencing people who use the alley to drop off customers.

Mayor Gullo said Town Attorney Marker J. Lovell found that the alley was town property. Mr. Gullo said the town would erect signs to warn drivers that their cars would be towed if they parked in the alley, which is a public right of way.

As part of the town's sesquicentennial celebration, Heritage Committee President Micki Smith delivered a humorous fact about the town's history: On the articles of iorporation, the town's name is spelled "New Winsor."

"Maybe for all these years we've been spelling our name wrong," Ms. Smith told the council.

She said that the "original" spelling was actually the gaffe. Other early documents use the common spelling of the town's name, with the "d."

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