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"The Mohawk View water treatment plant had been pumping 20 million gallons of water per day," John Frazer, head of the Latham Water District, said. "It produced 24 million gallons per day this week. This means we're producing better water and more of it."

Supervisor Mary Brizzell accepted the plaque, and pointed out that she and Frazer had been invited to a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

"This belongs to John Frazer for his leadership and dedication to the Latham Water District," Brizzell said, handing the plaque over to Frazer.

The town also held a public hearing regarding the rezoning of Swatling Acres, a proposed development of two-story buildings of 128 condominiums at 179 Troy-Schenectady Road. The board is considering rezoning the 40 acres from commercial office residential (COR) to a planned development district (PDD). A new road is proposed to run from Troy-Schenectady Road to Swatling Road.

Swatling Road residents in attendance pointed out some of the traffic issues that already exist on Swatling Road.

Ken Raymond of Prime Companies, the developer of the project, said peak traffic with the new development would be 63 vehicles during the afternoon hours of 4 to 6 p.m., and 58 during the morning peak hours of 7 to 9 a.m.

"We don't need a traffic study," said Bruce Covey of 30A Swatling Road. "We wait every morning. The traffic is continuous."

Ruth DeFreest of 30 Swatling Road, pointed out that cars and tractor/trailers use Swatling as a short cut.

"Traffic comes off Route 2, makes a sharp right, then a left into Stewart's. I don't know why somebody hasn't been killed there," she said.

Brizzell asked if the road had a weight restriction, and Heider said he would look into it.

The board seemed mostly pleased with the project, which will leave 73 percent of the land as open space. Twenty percent of the condominiums have been designed in such a way that they are senior citizen and handicapped-friendly. There are two stormwater detention ponds in keeping with state stormwater regulations. Most of the condos are two-bedroom units, and Raymond said prices will be around $200,000.

A few one-bedroom condos will be 1,100 square feet, and the two-bedroom units will be between 1,400 and 1,500 square feet.

"We anticipate a maximum of 22 students going into the school districts," said Lynn Sipperly, engineer for the project.

Sipperly and Raymond anticipated the market for the condos being some single parents, young professionals and retirees. Varying designs will prevent too many garage doors facing the streets, and trees and streetlights are planned for the development.

The board deferred taking action on the rezoning so that town Attorney Arnis Zilgme could draft the proper legislation. ""

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