Judge opens access to lake

But Bill McTygue, director of the Public Works Department, said the city is acting in accordance with the wishes of its people.

"This community has not shown any desire to bring water from the Hudson River," he said. "The county plan is without customers."

As of press time, the county has verbal agreements, but not contracts, to sell water to the town of Ballston and Wilton. Clifton Park had previously agreed to buy water, but has yet to sign a contract.

McTygue said he is happy with Nolan's most recent decision to let the city finish archeological and other site tests to complete the SEQR documents. He noted the court's decision only allows access to the property. The Department of Environmental Conservation and state Health Department would still have to approve a permit to use Saratoga Lake as the city's future water source, he said.

"We're preparing to move ahead with the various site tests," McTygue said. "We're hoping for good weather to complete the site investigation before winter sets in." Once the contractors are on site, the investigation could be completed in several days, he said.

Saratoga Lake Association President Wilma Koss said she thinks the city should wait to do the tests until next year. She said she doesn't know why the city didn't perform these tests at the beginning of the process.

"They have permission, but there is no rush to do it now," Koss said. ""

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