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Lake George officials voice concerns over state’s illegal groundwater dumping

In July 2010 Lake George Town employees discover an underground drain pipe, one of six  under Battlefield Park that have been draining goundwater illegally into the town septic sewer mains. Old-timers speculate that the pipes were installed underneath the park  decades ago by the state when they created the park, as the land was once swamp. This week, Lake George Town Board members discovered that the pipes continue to dump water into their sewer main, which is costing local taxpayers by boosting operational costs at the village sewer treatment plant.

In July 2010 Lake George Town employees discover an underground drain pipe, one of six under Battlefield Park that have been draining goundwater illegally into the town septic sewer mains. Old-timers speculate that the pipes were installed underneath the park decades ago by the state when they created the park, as the land was once swamp. This week, Lake George Town Board members discovered that the pipes continue to dump water into their sewer main, which is costing local taxpayers by boosting operational costs at the village sewer treatment plant.

— The town pays for a share of the village sewer treatment plant’s operation, based on the gallonage it delivers to the plant.

Hurley said that the town taxpayers might be soon shouldering higher costs for sewage treatment, because the village was cutting back on groundwater infiltration in its pipes, effectively boosting the town’s percentage of the flow of water treated.

“The costs to the town may go up because the village has tightened up their lines,” he said, after noting that slip-lining of the town’s sewer pipes is likely to cost $30 to $50 per foot.

Hearing of the groundwater inflows off Battlefield Park, Dickinson said he would be meeting with state Department of Conservation officials to discuss the matter.

On a related issue, Dickinson said he and other town officials were meeting with engineers and reviewing sanitary regulations.

“We are making serious progress,” he said, noting that ordinance changes would be ready for a public hearing in several months.

Sign regulations discussed

In other issues discussed by the board, councilwoman Marisa Muratori noted that although the town years ago had adopted the Lake George Park Commission’s sign regulations, the town had “never enforced them,” she said.

“We should take inventory of what’s out there, review the codes and perhaps update them,” Muratori said, calling for enforcement on limitations of size, illumination, height, and other criteria.

The board set a meeting for 4 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 28 to review the topic.

Sister City donation approved

Also, the board appropriated $1,000 to wards costs of the “Sister City” program that Warren County and Glens Falls operate in conjunction with Saga City, Japan. Dickinson noted that the county cut its funding from $5,000 annually to $1,000, and that Queensbury, Luzerne and Lake George were going to make up most of the difference. Muratori said the program was valuable.

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