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Lake George leaders wrestle with sewer, water woes

In July 2010, Lake George Town employees discover an underground drain pipe, one of six under Battlefield Park that have been draining groundwater 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. Town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson said Aug. 12 that for decades, the state’s pipes have dumped both clean groundwater and sewage from their nearby Battleground campsites into the town’s sewer main, which is costing local taxpayers of the Caldwell Sewer District by boosting their costs of sewer treatment at the village sewer plant, which is billed on a volume basis to the District. He said the town would be making attempts to collect payment from the state for the costs of this sewage treatment and disposal.

In July 2010, Lake George Town employees discover an underground drain pipe, one of six under Battlefield Park that have been draining groundwater 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. Town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson said Aug. 12 that for decades, the state’s pipes have dumped both clean groundwater and sewage from their nearby Battleground campsites into the town’s sewer main, which is costing local taxpayers of the Caldwell Sewer District by boosting their costs of sewer treatment at the village sewer plant, which is billed on a volume basis to the District. He said the town would be making attempts to collect payment from the state for the costs of this sewage treatment and disposal. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Also, Dickinson pledged to investigate an apparent water leak in the Diamond Point water system. Hurley reported that 33,6500 gallons were now flowing through the system, which serves only 67 households or small businesses — a rate that Dickinson said was far too high to represent actual usage. Hurley suggested installing meters at various branches of the system to determine where the water was going.

Oil or gasoline slicks contaminating waters at local beach

In another matter, Dennis Dickinson said he was concerned about petroleum pollution of lakewater at Diamond Point beach, and that four incidences had recently been reported. He said that state Department of Environmental Conservation officials had been notified, and that they were investigating. Local resident Mike Segulic has reported for years about algae growth at the beach as well as ongoing pollution there. An email he circulated last weekend reported that the pollution reached a point that lifeguards had kept swimmers out of the water.

The board heard a report, however, that water samples were taken from Lake George at Diamond Point Beach and Usher Park beach, and they tested clean, with a lower fecal bacteria count than in recent years.

Legal action initiated against Salvadore

In other business, the town board:

• authorized legal action against John Salvador, a local landowner, to recoup logging-related damage to Shaw Road Extension. Dickinson said Salvador was now under a court order to pay the town $14,225, but had not yet done so. The board’s resolution instructs the town attorney to seek that sum plus fines, and attorneys’ fees. Salvadore, present at the meeting to comment on other issues, said he was unaware of any court order to pay the restitution.

• heard from board member Marisa Muratori that site work had been started at the new Price Chopper shopping plaza development just south of the Warrensburg town line off Northway Exit 23.

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