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Decision on AMD looms in Malta

"Our members feel a stronger connection to local council is needed," said Heidelmark.

Carol Moratta, a member of the Town of Stillwater Planning Board who was speaking as a private citizen, echoed those thoughts.

"I think it's very important for the Town of Malta and Stillwater that our local people be given some sort of priority," she said.

She noted that the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany would provide the education needed to work at the chip fabs.

Moratta also spoke at length about her environmental concerns, including the removal of language that would have AMD submitting environmental audit findings to the town. Under the current legislation, the company would submit copies of reports it is required to file with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the federal Environmental Protection Agency. It would also join the DEC's new Environmental Leaders program, a voluntary initiative to help manufacturers go above and beyond environmental regulations.

The town will accept written comments on the PDD legislation until it meets on Monday, Aug. 25, to vote on it. The amendments can be viewed on the town's Web site or at town hall.

The board also voted to spend $18,900 to conduct a sewer district study in the Cramer Hills Neighborhood, where residents have reported failing septic systems. If the sewer system is eventually installed the cost would be divided among the residents within it. If it is not, the town would absorb the cost.

Residents of Cramer Hills brought a petition to the meeting signed by 26 of the 33 homeowners expressing interest in a sewer district.

The state Department of Transportation will also be extending an additional grant of $100,000 for construction on Dunning Street to offset the increasing cost of fuel. The money comes at no additional cost to the town.""

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