Town caps illegal sewer lines under Battlefield Park

Long-time Lake George resident George McGowan, a former town board member, has also said the state must have put in the drainage pipes so Battlefield Park could be turned into a park, not a swamp as it was before DEC acquired it in the 1960's.

At the Lake George Town Board meeting July 12, McGowan called for the town to back-bill the state for 32 years of water treatment - or to charge the state fines for such illegal disposal of stormwater, which is $250 per day.

"The town of Lake George should sue the state for their 32 years of illegal hookups," he said, noting the state should be held accountable like citizens are. "There should be one justice, and DEC should not be excluded."

But McCoy said such a legal fight might be expensive and futile.

"We wouldn't get anywhere with a lawsuit," he said.

The capping work early this week was conducted primarily by town employees Paul Livingston, Dan Marino, and Jody Ovitt, McCoy said.

"We should immediately see a drop in readings of water flow through the mains," he said, noting after the first two pipes were capped, very little water remained flowing through the main line.

He said disconnecting the Battlefield Park lateral lines from the town's sewer line might save local taxpayers a considerable sum of money.

"Hopefully, this will enable us to avoid expanding the sewer treatment plant, and we should be able to lift the sewer hook-up moratorium in August," said McCoy.

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