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Lake George Village to take ‘fresh’ approach to sewer plant troubles

Standing at controls to a primary processing station  recently at the Lake George sewer treatment plant, village wastewater supervisor Tim Shudt explains upgrades that are proposed to boost the purity of the plant’s outflows.

Standing at controls to a primary processing station recently at the Lake George sewer treatment plant, village wastewater supervisor Tim Shudt explains upgrades that are proposed to boost the purity of the plant’s outflows. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Efforts to clean up the discharges of the Lake George sewer treatment plant moved forward Monday July 16, as the Lake George Village Board voted to hire Chazen Engineering for $88,000 to draft proposed upgrades for the plant.

The board chose Chazen over two other firms that had submitted bids — AES Engineering and C.T. Male. The latter firm had proposed an upgrade project last year that was estimated to cost about $1.4 million, a quote that doubled in recent months.

The project was designed to increase the treatment capacity and boost the purity of the treated effluent by removing excessive levels of ammonia from the plant’s outflows.

Chazen was the low bidder of the three firms in the bids opened this month, despite a $24,200 “credit” cited by C.T. Male for prior engineering work on a downsized upgrade project that was estimated to cost $985,000.

Lake George Village Public Works Superintendent Dave Harrington said July 16 he was reluctant to change engineers because of C.T. Male’s extensive familiarity with the plant, but switching firms was likely to provide benefits.

“This project can use a fresh set of eyes,” he said. “We need new ideas, and we’re confident that Chazen can provide them.”

Harrington said he expected a project to be designed by spring to satisfy state officials who have pressured local officials to clean up the plant’s effluent.

Lake George Mayor Robert Blais said that the village should proceed on engineering work while the village seeks grant money, so the project would be “shovel ready,” boosting its chances for state funding.

He said that with a new Marriott hotel proposed for development on Canada St. plus future development in the surrounding town of Lake George, increasing the sewer plant capacity was appropriate.

In the meeting July 16, the village board approved the advertising that Adirondack Pedalcab Co. is displaying on its bicycle-powered rickshaws. The firm’s dozen-or-so pedalcabs bear both standard and illuminated digital billboards.

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