BALLSTON SPA: Village boosts water fees

"By 7 a.m., the commercial trucks are caught right in rush-hour traffic," said Cavanaugh. "The trucks go into several alleys, and it's just not safe backing out onto Route 50."

The board also voted to allow Saratoga County Emergency Services to locate two round satellite dishes atop the John Street water tower, at no charge.

The county was recently required to change its system to a different radio frequency band and has had difficulty making critical connections.

"This will be a back-up communications system between the emergency services sites," said Romano. "We think the dishes will make the connection clear as a bell."

The John Street water tower has long been a popular site for telecommunications equipment. Many cell-phone companies have systems on the high tower, and all pay rental charges. The village will not be charging the emergency services organization for the valuable space on the tower.

"This is all about saving lives," said Romano. "There is no dollar amount we can put on this; we're happy to maintain a good working relationship with the county.""

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