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Citizens call for greater oversight of sewer system

Salvadore warned the board that if the village government is dissolved, as is now proposed, the town board would be bearing the responsibility for repair or reconstruction of the sewer system.

Two candidates for Lake George Town board offered their opinions Monday on the issue. Janie Greene said the town should be more involved in sewer system oversight.

"This sewer line break was a horrendous catastrophe," she said. "The town board's top concern should be public health."

Greene also said the town should change some of its routine operations that generate wastewater polluting the lake. She produced photographs that show heaps of snow collected by the town's heavy equipment and piled in locations she said allowed wastewater to flow into the lake.

Town Board candidate George McGowan said Monday the village had involved recently itself with "glamorous projects" like building a visitor's center and constructing a new firehouse rather than attending to the basic public infrastructure, the fundamental concern of government.

"For years, the sewer system has needed upgrades," McGowan said. "This sewage spill is result of delayed maintenance and the wrong priorities of government."

Blais countered Tuesday that the village has been taking action, which includes a full engineering evaluation of the sewer system, and it was now underway with engineers of C.T. Male Associates conducting the work. Tuesday night, he said, a remote camera would be traversing the system, videotaping the inside of the pipe to document its condition. Also, some major upgrades are being implemented this week in the sewer pump station next to the Shepard Park beach, he said. He added that the village has also been working to secure funding for upgrades to the system.

"Once we get the engineering report, we'll go forward with improvements on a priority basis," he said. "We're headed in the right direction."

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