New sewer camera seen as regional benefit

LAKE GEORGE A piece of equipment purchased entirely with grant money will help municipalities throughout the region repair and maintain their sewer pipes, village officials announced last week. Working with the town of Ticonderoga, the village of Lake George used grant money to purchase a sewer camera that will help users to assess the condition of sewer pipes and make timely repairs or replacements. Last week, the village Board of Trustees authorized Mayor Robert Blais to enter into an intermunicipal agreement allowing the village to share the camera with other members of the Lake George Watershed Conference. Those members include all the municipalities that front Lake George including the village and town of Lake George, Queensbury, Bolton, Hague, Ticonderoga, Putnam, Dresden and Fort Ann. Two employees from Ticonderoga and two employees from the village are being trained in the use of the camera, Blais said. Members of the Watershed Conference will have free use of the camera and will need only pay the wages and mileage of the town or village employees who will accompany it to operate it, Blais said. This will be a tremendous savings to communities, Blais said. Municipalities not in the Watershed Conference will be able to rent the camera at a rate of $600 per day plus wages and mileage, Blais said. Our rate is half the normal rate charged by a private contractor, Blais added. The village is already putting the camera to use. Village Sanitation Department Head Reginald Burlingame planned to check the lines along the lake this past week, Blais said. Its going to be great to have it.

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