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Junkyard license renewal tabled again in Ballston

Lambert also cited a number of disturbances caused by the junkyard, including loud noises"some late at night"the attraction of rodents, depreciation of property values and cars "burning out" when leaving the junkyard.

While Lambert said she has gotten used to such problems, an environmental issue would not be so easily tolerated. "Prevention is better than trying to pick up and go back," she said.

She cited the case of a Hudson Falls junkyard that was recently charged with allowing a bevy of hazardous fluids to seep into the ground. The violations were investigated after health problems began popping up among residents.

Town Supervisor Patti Southworth said the town wanted to be certain of the legalities behind the issue before taking action on the junkyard's licensing.

"We definitely have to do our due diligence to research all the options and what all the possibilities are," she said in a later interview. One of those options could be making the owner go through the permit process " which includes an environmental review " again.

Councilman Tim Szczepaniak said that environmental issues should be considered no matter what action the town takes in regards to the license.

In regards to noise complaints and other issues, Town Attorney Murry Brower said that the town code is not explicit in what constitutes a public nuisance.

The issue will be on the table once again at the next town board meeting, scheduled for Aug. 26.

In other business, the town also renewed its liability/casualty insurance coverage with Selective Insurance Company to the tune of $55,813 annually. The town will be saving $10,000 in insurance premiums this year, and there was talk of putting the money toward pollution insurance or increasing the town's umbrella coverage.""

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