Progress on the sewer project has been steady, if not rapid. You may have read the article in the Gazette about our recent discussions with the County Sewer Commission. The county commissioners unanimously voted their support for our project contingent on working out the final details of a maintenance agreement. The agreed on plan is slightly different than the original. Rather than upgrading and connecting to the Stonebridge pump station (which would have maxed out that facility leaving no flexibility for future connections) we will now extend our line and connect directly to the main sewer line at Shenentaha Park. The new plan will include enlarging the line along the west side of the lake which will provide some limited additional capacity for future extensions. We have also been working with both the Town of Ballston and Clifton Park on their policies regarding charges for vacant lots. In the original plan all vacant lots greater than .2 acres were to be charged a full share. Under the new plan lots less than .5 acres will bear no charge. Lots between .5 acres and the zoned building lot size will be charged a half share and lots of zoned building size will be charged a full share. Final cost calculations are being made and we will communicate those as soon as they are available. Preparations are also being done for a mailing from the towns to the involved residents about the project.
The engineers from both towns are working on a required document called the Map Plan and Report. When these are completed the towns must vote whether to proceed. If they do, that would trigger the call for a public meeting where details will be presented and residents can voice their opinions to the Boards. Finally, a new website has been set up where information will be made available for your review. www.ballstonsewers.org
Drew Hamelin k-Sewer Committee Chair