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State grant buys new truck for local sewer department

TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga wastewater department has a new truck, thanks to New York State.

The $60,000 vehicle was purchased with money from a $127,000 New York State Shared Municipal Services Incentive Grant Program.

The money became available after Ticonderoga and Putnam agreed to a joint sewer project on Black Point Road.

The $7.2 million project is now being constructed by A.P. Reale Construction. It's expected to be completed by next fall.

The municipal services incentive grant was given to Ticonderoga to assist in maintenance of the new sewer system, explained Tracy Smith, head the Ti wastewater department.

"Rather than Putnam creating a wastewater department of its own, Ticonderoga has agreed to maintain the new system," Smith said. "This grant will help with that."

Besides the truck, the state grant is being used to purchase hand tools, a generator, spare parts, line locators, flow monitors and a Global Information System. The GIS, Smith said, uses satellite technology to monitor the entire sewer system.

Smith credited Ticonderoga Supervisor Bob Dedrick and Putnam Supervisor John LaPointe for their assistance in getting the grant.

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