Village seeks moratorium, federal aid in aftermath of sewage spill

Another idea is to install backup emergency bypass sewage pumping systems that detect spillage and bypass a broken or blocked transmission line. In the July 5 incident, the village's primary bypass pumping system shut down, allowing the sewage to flow into the lake.

In the wake of the continued contamination, village officials considered imposing a moratorium on new sewer hookups.

They decided to meet with town officials to discuss a moratorium, as the town contracts with the village to process sewage from its own sewer district.

Blais said they hoped to hold the meeting soon, then possibly hold a public hearing on the proposal within the next several weeks.

Harrington reported that about five new subdivisions have been approved, but no such developments are "shovel ready" and need hookup soon.

Blais said the perplexing spikes in contamination levels long after the environmental cleanup prompted the village to seek help from agencies in identifying and abating the source of the continued pollution. These agencies include the Lake George Park Commission, the state departments of Health and Environmental Conservation and the Darrin Freshwater Institute.

"We're baffled by the test results," Blais said. "We have no idea at this point what the source of the contamination is."

Also, the village is awaiting formal legal action from the DEC in the spillage incident. He said he anticipates the agency will recommend remedial steps, most of which the village has already implemented.

Peter Bauer of the Fund for Lake George has called for the DEC to suspend fines and have the village's resources spent instead on solving the contamination problem.

The state's Million Dollar Beach and other public and private beaches at the south end of the lake remain open.

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