August 14, 2013
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.
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Lake George town leaders heard this week that the state's sewage disposal costs have improperly been billed to local homeowners, that petroleum pollution fouls a local beach, and that hundreds of thousands of gallons are leaking per month from one of their water systems.