The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 28, 2009

Prompt response tackles Town Hall’s weekend pump damage

Those up and about early on Sunday morning may have wondered what was going on over at Town Hall. Although carpet installation was planned to start at 6 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, there were more trucks on Sunday morning, including one from Skilling & Sons, the plumbing contractor who services the town building. “We lost our water pump over the weekend from what appeared to be a lightning strike,” explained Timothy Hult, chairman of the Board of Selectman.

He praised Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie for diagnosing and overseeing replacement of the water pump while on site for the carpet installation. McKenzie explained that once she found out that the water wasn’t working on Saturday morning, she started looking for possible causes. She learned that a circuit breaker had “popped” and after pushing it back in still found that nothing happened. She subsequently tried to contact the plumbing people, and – as some of the building phones were out temporarily due to the carpeting work – found herself playing telephone tag between building floors. Skillings came in to replace the pump on Sunday morning. McKenzie believed the cost of the emergency work would come in under $2,000.

The carpet installers left at 3 p.m. both days, but McKenzie stayed until 4 p.m. on Sunday to oversee the hour-long testing cycles of the water pump to ensure that everything would be working on Monday morning when town hall opened for business. “It was an interesting day,” said McKenzie, but noted it was just part of the job of town administrator. ∆

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