MALTA: Going under

Board members also asked LFTC to provide a more detailed map so that they were able to take in the project in totality and review it in relation to neighboring properties.

Perhaps the item of greatest concern to both LFTC and the Malta Town Board is how this new proposal changes the $1.5 million LFTC is mandated to pay the Town of Malta, per language in the PDD, as a means of mitigating the transmission lines which were to have run above ground for more than 3 miles and would have been extremely visible from the Route 9 corridor and other areas.

We are asking you to modify that figure, said Michael Relyea, the newly appointed executive director for LFTC. The board declined to discuss the mitigation fee until it had the additional information available to them.

"Questions have been asked," said Town Supervisor Paul Sausville. "I think it would be more productive to have a written document to respond to."

The board agreed to schedule a second public workshop on the matter for a date two weeks following the date LFTC provides the information.

"We are at a point now where our schedule is really getting condensed," said Relyea. "Changes aren't foreseeable. We need to have shovels in the ground as soon as possible."

He said he is currently pulling together a timeline for the next 18 to 24 months as to how the project will progress to share with the towns of Malta and Stillwater.

Relyea said he and others continue to be in regular contact with Advanced Micro Devices working out the details for that company to come to Saratoga County.

While the company has not officially signed on to the LFTC, Reylea said they are continuing to move ahead with the engineering aspects for the proposed plant.

SEDC, said Relyea, is continuing to recruit other prospects for the campus. SEDC representatives are traveling the country and meeting with other companies that might be interested in the Malta location. ""

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