The southern portion of the Town of Ballston is embarking on a potential project to bring sanitary sewers to the “hamlet.” Timing for the project is linked to the Ballston Lake Sewer Project already approved and under detailed planning.
There are many short and long term factors involved in the decision making, including the environment, health, viability of hamlet businesses, financing, and operating the proposed system. I believe it is important for every voter to become fully informed of all the relevant factors so as to make the best decision.
The cost to repair failed systems increases with time, and businesses are significantly burdened to handle sanitary waste in the Route 50 corridor.
This does not come free. The Sewer Committee continues to take steps to minimize the total cost, including obtaining grants, low-interest loans and encouraging contractors to discount multiple installations.It is noteworthy that about 40 years ago, a similar project with 85 percent grants was defeated. That level of grants is not available today. While cost is a major factor, there are planned allowances for extreme situations, like financial hardship, installation cost based on distance from sewer mains and age of recently established septic systems. These will be in the town law required by NY state government.
More information on the project is available at www.ballstonsewers.org, at the Burnt Hills Library, and at scheduled public meetings on March 8, 14 and 20. Contact the Committee at 518-605-6236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After learning the facts, I am certain the proposed sewer district is an investment in the future of our community. I urge everyone to become fully informed.