ROTTERDAM: New water tank proposed

The project is expected to cost about $2 million depending on the location.

Residents were given a rough estimate of the cost per parcel, but because the town is going through a property revaluation, the numbers are subject to change. The town is seeking state grant money from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund along with federal grant money.

The push for a new water tower is part of the plan to revitalize the area. Tommasone is said he hopes that fixing the Junction's infrastructure will promote development and bring in business.

"We want to promote the town; we want economic development," Tommassone said.

Development could also be a way to pay off the debt on the water tower faster. Tommasone said any developer looking to build in the area would have to pay a fee to connect to the water district.

Not everyone at the meeting was pleased with the potential development in the Junction. David McKeon lives in the area and owns a business in Pattersonville. He also owns 30 acres of land by the river, which he said he has no plans to develop.

"We need a comprehensive plan. We don't want development. The green space we have now is minimal," McKeon said.

Deputy supervisor Joseph Signore said, "It is ultimately the Junction's decision. We just have to bring the situation to your attention so if anything does happen, the residents aren't saying, 'Why didn't the town do something.'""

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