E'town Board decides on OWBs, Golf Course


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days for the public's review. Fenimore, therefore, withdrew the amendment.

Both Merrihew and councilman Mike McGinn expressed opposition to the law's policy regarding the eventual removal of pre-existing OWBs.

"I cannot support this tonight because of that one provision," Merrihew said, explaining that voting down the law would not interfere with the standing ban on new OWBs. "I think we are all in agreement to move forward with another local law."

Board members voted unanimously against the proposed law.

"We will move forward," said Merrihew, "and we will probably schedule a work session to discuss some of the language that Mr. Fenimore has presented."

Sewer plans progressing

In other business, the board voted to move forward with plans for a new sewage treatment plant and pipeline system in the hamlet.

Don Fletcher, an engineer for Barton and Loguidice, the firm in charge of the project, said the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation have been pushing for final plans on the project so that it can be ready in time to apply for federal stimulus money.

Plans to construct the treatment plant at the former Elizabethtown Fish and Game club property were halted after the DEC discovered the Murdock Bird Sanctuary along County Route 8 extended past the road to the banks of the Boquet river. Restrictions prevented the proposed sewage pipeline from crossing the land.

"Unfortunately, that did put us back a little bit," said Merrihew, noting that the town is considering alternative sites on Woodruff lane or River Street in contrast to the added cost of diverting the pipeline around the bird sanctuary.

"If it's a million and a half less to go to Woodruff, that's probably where it will go," said Martin.

Though the location for the treatment plant is yet to be determined, the board voted unanimously to allow Barton and Loguidice to commence work on drawing up the final plans.

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