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Port Kent district needs to hit water

CHESTERFIELD Officials in Chesterfield are frustrated at less-than-successful attempts to locate a water source for the Port Kent District. At its regular meeting on Dec. 4, town officials decided to divide the water project into two phases. Currently plans for a new water storage tank and water lines are in place, but an acceptable source has yet to be found. Four drilling attempts have been made to create wells. Were going to try to develop one of the wells we already have and possibly drill another one, said Supervisor Gerald Morrow. Morrow said he wanted to avoid having to use Lake Champlain as the water source, since the surface water would require a water filtration plant, which would add up to $1 million in construction costs to the project, plus additional annual maintenance. The town will be installing a 270,000 gallon storage tank on Trembleau Mountain. Officials are considering putting out the specs for the water lines and tank during the winter, for a spring construction. Once the source is located, it could be hooked onto the system during the summer to complete the project. Do the construction, get it all ready, and you might get a good deal, said Morrow. The project is projected to cost $4.2 million, of which will be covered $2 million in grants. The town is preparing to receive a loan from New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), but received a list of about 30 items on Dec. 4 that must be done before the money can be received. It's kind of discouraging, and we need all this stuff by Dec. 18 - They want to give you money, but man do they have some hoops for you to jump through, said Morrow. Town officials will likely call a special meeting to pass a resolution for the bond. In other business: The town board adjusted its zoning law by replacing and with or. Morrow explained that a typo had been made when the laws were being written, which stated lots must be 20,000 feet in size to construct a house, with the exception of properties of 10,000 feet that have municipal water and sewer. Morrow said it should read water or sewer since neither hamlet area in town has sewers. There was no comment at a public hearing on the subject, and town officials voted unanimously to fix the typo. I think it's better to change it now, said Councilman Walter Lamountain. One word could mean a lot. Morrow said the town had other, more complicated zoning code issues which would need to be addressed in the future. The impending new year has meant reshuffling for town officials. With Planning Board member Joseph Kusalonis set to join the town board on Jan. 1, the board appointed Bobby Enfinger to take the vacancy. A vacancy created by the resignation of Lynn Belzile was also filled by the appointment of Robert Armstrong. The town set its year-end meeting for Thursday, Dec. 27 at 4 p.m. The organization and regular meeting were scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m.

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