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Clifton Park weighs water options

In other water news, the Water Committee of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors voted Jan. 24 to transfer $10 million to the county water authority, a move that also transfers oversight for the project from the county to the Saratoga County Water Authority, which has the power to issue bonds should they be needed to fund the project.

A portion of the state grant will go toward paying back the $3.7 million the supervisors have already spent on the $67 million project. Another portion will pay $780,000 in outstanding bills.

The fact that Veolia is making a proposal in Clifton Park could be an indicator that support for a countywide water system is diminishing. Saratoga Springs continues to research its own water source, and the county system has no signed contracts.

Despite this, the water committee remains focus on the success of a countywide system.

This is the right project at the right time in the right county, said Supervisor Ray Callanan, R-Ballston, the committee chairman.

Newly elected U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-Hudson, speaking at an appearance in Saratoga Springs recently, said she will focus her attention on the region's water issues and the placement of AMD in Saratoga County, which she said would be beneficial to the area.

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