TICONDEROGA Residents of the Black Point Sewer District voted on Saturday to extend their district and approve the proposed budget for the project.
The vote was held at the Ticonderoga Community Building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 7, after a public hearing held on June 5 where residents discussed the districts extension and consolidation and the cost of the project.
One hundred forty seven residents named on the deeds from the district first voted to add five residents to the district by a tally of 111 - 36. They then approved the over $4 million project 109 - 36.
The 55 absentee ballots cannot be included in the results until Monday, but their votes will ultimately not affect the outcome. Law requires that absentee ballots be included in the results a week after the official vote.
There was a good turnout, which was expected, Ticonderoga Supervisor Bob Dedrick said.
Since the town itself cant form a sewer district, the district had to first present a petition to the town.
The Black Point Civic Association did just that.
Weve been working on this particular sewer district for several years, Dedrick said. Its been a long, drawn-out process.
The process began in the mid 1980s, but the cost per household at that time limited progress.
This permissive referendum was an opportunity for everyone in the Black Point Sewer District to either vote for or against the district, and [the proposals] passed overwhelmingly, Dedrick said.
Dedrick explained that, because of the outcome, the town beach will now be able to join the municipal sewer and install permanent bathrooms.