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Board OKs water plan

"Having water on Weaver Road has been an ambition and dream for a long time," said resident Jim Bruce, who added that he has waited 40 years to be connected to town water. "Tomorrow is my birthday, and I think it would be a very nice birthday gift."

One concern raised by the public centered on the possibility of encouraging unwanted development by providing water to the area. Currently, the water system only serves existing residences, and any new property would have to fund an individual extension. Runion added that no significant development had occurred following the recent water extension along Depot Road.

As an additional benefit for the entire town, the improvement would provide another emergency interconnect to the town of Rotterdam along the Church Road extension. This interconnect would be the fourth for the town, joining the town of Bethlehem, village of Voorheesville and the city of Albany.

The town's 2001 comprehensive plan made several recommendations related to the provision of water service in the town's western end. These recommendations were to conduct a study to find rural areas in Guilderland that demonstrated a need for water, consider future extensions of water service boundaries while protecting rural character and to explore opportunities for emergency water connections between municipalities.

A town-sponsored survey of residents showed that 52 percent by phone and 40 percent by mail considered expansion of water and sewer lines a high priority.""

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