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Downtown Wbg. brownfield cleared for redevelopment

Town water use slashed

The former Econo-Quik Gas & Car Wash site on Richards Avenue in Warrensburg has been off the tax rolls for at least 20 years due to underground pollution, which has now been remediated, freeing up the land for resale, according to a final engineering report issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. All that remains for the property to be unencumbered is a final certification from the state, a document which is pending.

The former Econo-Quik Gas & Car Wash site on Richards Avenue in Warrensburg has been off the tax rolls for at least 20 years due to underground pollution, which has now been remediated, freeing up the land for resale, according to a final engineering report issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. All that remains for the property to be unencumbered is a final certification from the state, a document which is pending. Photo by Thom Randall.

Citizens are slashing water use

Also, the town board was informed that the recent conversion to water meters has enabled the town to shut down one of the three wells that it normally runs in winter, saving electricity and water purification costs. Town water superintendent Tom Belden said the town is now pumping 250,000 gallons per day instead of the average of $300,000 gallons per day. Town board member John Alexander noted that this cutback by local water customers would save the water district many thousands of dollars per year, which would be reflected in the savings passed on eventually to district residents. The reduction in water use also means that the water district – recently producing at capacity — can now accommodate new customers, including commercial clients, without expenses of developing new wells and storage capacity.

“Thanks to all those in the water district for hanging in there,” Alexander said, referring to the process of converting to water meters.

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