Arkport grad to lead department; mayor provides on water project update

ARKPORT — The Arkport Board of Trustees Tuesday night introduced the new supervisor of the Public Works Department and thanked former supervisor Joe Dwyer on his last day with the village.

Meanwhile, Mayor Charles Flanders said the water project remains on track.

The new DPW chief is Logan Sliter, a 23-year-old Arkport Central School graduate. The village board considered eight to ten applicants for the job, according to Deputy Mayor Jon Hedges. Sliter was hired after a series of candidate interviews and second interviews, trustees said.

Sliter, who said his background is in construction, resides on Oak Hill Road. He began working for the village two weeks ago, receiving on the job training with Dwyer. Dwyer was DPW supervisor for one year. He left the village job for a private sector position.

Mayor Charles Flanders praised Dwyer, saying he did an excellent job as the DPW supervisor.

Sliter will attend water operator’s school with the goal of acquiring the licensing required to lead the Arkport Water Department. Greg Lundergan remains the certified water system operator in Arkport while Sliter completes water school.

“I’ve always been a worker, busy. I always had jobs during the summer during high school, and I enjoy the outdoors,” Sliter said.

“Logan fits right in with us,” Flanders said.

On the water project, Flanders said there has been good progress in recent weeks.

“Things are doing well,” Flanders said in response to a question from Patti Amidon, a former village trustee, during the “public comment” period of Tuesday’s board meeting.

V & B Underground Utilities has the $1,472,263 contract to install the new CIOD polyvinylchloride (PVC) pressure piping to replace the village’s existing water lines.

“Main Street is almost done underneath, the pipes,” Flanders said. “Hurlbut Street is almost done to Davenport Street. Probably (Wednesday) they’re going to do Davenport Street.”

According to the October DPW report, curb stops for the water project have been identified on Oak Hill, Hurlbut Street, Davenport Street and Main Street.

Additionally, according to the monthly report, the department has been engaged in some preventive maintenance in connection to the water lines replacement “by marking out and checking valve shutoffs to make sure they work” in the event of line breaks. A couple of water main breaks occurred during the first few weeks of the project.

“When they get all the pipes in, they’ll put water in them, and then they have to hook up all the houses and restaurants and stores. They’re getting there,” Flanders said. “I like the drilling, putting it under the road instead of digging a big ditch. I think it looks better, and it works out better. You don’t disrupt so much stuff.”

The total cost of the water system overhaul is $3.156 million.