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Ticonderoga seeks to expand hamlet designation

Sewer, water service key to future growth

The town of Ticonderoga has asked the Adirondack Park Agency to expand its hamlet.

The town of Ticonderoga has asked the Adirondack Park Agency to expand its hamlet.

— The town of Ticonderoga has asked the Adirondack Park Agency to expand its hamlet.

Hamlet expansion is important, Supervisor Bill Grinnell said, because it allows for development without APA approval. The APA has no jurisdiction in hamlets.

“The governor wants us to expand our tax base to stay within the 2 percent tax cap,” Grinnell said. “To do that we need to grow our business community. The state needs to give us the tools to grow.”

Ticonderoga officials hope to expand the hamlet to areas now served by water and sewer and to places that could soon receives those services.

The area along Race Track Road to Route 74, including the Ti industrial park has been identified for possible hamlet designation along with Route 9N south of Ti and Streetroad.

“We approached the APA a while ago,” Grinnell said. “Now the ball is back in Ti’s court. They asked for more information and we’re gathering that now.”

Last year town engineers submitted a map to the town officials of the 9N & 74, Commerce Park and Hague Road area served with sewer and water, but not in the hamlet. That map needs to be amended to show areas where Ti could provide water and sewer service.

Before that happens, though, the town must determine the capacity its wastewater treatment plant.

“The town has a responsibility to serve all parcels within existing sewer districts,” according to the minutes of the January town water and sewer committee meeting. “Many of these parcels are currently vacant and, if developed, the WWTP (wastewater treatment plant) will be at its full capacity. Further discussion was held on how to increase the capacity at the WWTP; reduce storm water and upgrade and replace clarifiers.

“If upgrades had not been made at the WWTP,” the minutes read, “Black Point sewer district would not have received DEC (state Department of Environmental Conservation) approval. Future growth in Ticonderoga is dependent upon the capacity at the WWTP.”

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