Action taken on Mobil station's sewage leaks

Not long after the sewage leak became public in early June, the owner of the station took action to divert sewage from the station from flowing into the rear half of the station's septic system, which had been leaking raw sewage out a bank behind the station onto the property of Lazy River Farms, a greenhouse operation.

Angered over the lack of immediate action by state authorities over the sewage running onto his property, Tom Hughes, owner of Lazy River Farms, had erected signs along Rte. 9 on his property next to the Mobil station drawing public attention to the stench from the effluent. The large hand-drawn signs proclaimed potential health hazards of the sewage and the lack of remediation by the state. The signs disappeared just days after Hughes set them up. Monday, Hughes said he was wary that a permanent fix would be too far into the future.

"I objected last year, and a temporary fix was suggested, it didn't solve the problem, and it may ultimately fail again this year," he said. "Also, it may take two years or more for a municipal system to be in place."

Constructing a town sewer main may occur sooner, however, if plans materialize for Price Chopper to locate a new store nearby off Rte. 9 on Prosser Road, as reported in the Jan. 6 issue of the Adirondack Journal.

Frank McCoy said this week that if plans go forward for Price Chopper to build on Prosser Road, the town would establish a local sewer district and construct sewer transmission lines that would carry the sewage into the town of Warrensburg's mains, for treatment at their existing open-lagoon facility. Warrensburg had their treatment plant inspected this spring, and engineers reported it could handle the extra flow.

McCoy said Monday that the developer of the property, Barry Feinman of Vanguard Fine Real Estate of Guilderland, would likely be making an announcement concerning the plans for the grocery store as soon as mid-July.

A call to the owner of Exit 23 Mobil, Christopher King, was not returned as of Tuesday morning.

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