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Village development moratorium left to expire

LAKE GEORGE - A moratorium that effectively blocked development in Lake George Village will not be in force beginning this week, according to a decision reached Monday by the village board.

The board decided to let their six-month moratorium on new sewer hook-ups expire Tuesday, citing the law was no longer needed.

The town of Lake George had an identical moratorium in place - which also expired Tuesday - and the town board members will most likely not extend it, town supervisor Frank McCoy said Tuesday morning.

The sewer hookup moratoriums were enacted in late winter, due to concern over the adequacy of the village sewer system - including the capacity of the sewer plant - which was reaching its maximum.

The capacity of the village sewer plant, once pushed to the limit during summertime peak flows, is now adequate, village Mayor Robert Blais said.

Blais said due to the town of Lake George's recent discovery and capping of sewer line laterals under state-owned Battleground Park that carried clean groundwater and stormwater to the village sewer plant, the amount of water the plant processes daily has dropped substantially. Village Public Works superintendent David Harrington said the sewage flow has decreased about 60,000 gallons per day.

Blais said the village and town's investigation into a pipe carrying sewage from state-owned Battleground Campground nearby, would continue. Even when the campground has been vacant, the pipes have carried a substantial flow of clear water, which Blais said indicates there is an illegal groundwater inflow into the pipes, or that the state is allowing their faucets to run illegally at the campground. Either way, the state must take responsibility and remedy the situation, he said, noting the state had previously denied responsibility for all the sewer pipes under Battleground Park. He said the state Department of Environmental Conservation has not responded to recent inquiries into the matter.

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