Malta reviewing final agreement with AMD

Since the property is designated as a park, the state legislature and parks department would have to approve the sale.

NYSERDA's Kevin Hunt informed the public of vandalism at the Saratoga Technology and Energy Park (STEP), near Luther Forest. He said that while seeing the results of cars doing doughnuts on the lawns of STEP is not unusual, recent vandalism has been more extreme and will cost thousands to repair. He asked residents to report any observed vandalism to police.

There will be a test of the town's emergency warning sirens on Monday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. The three sirens are located at the Malta Community Park on Plains Road, the Shenentaha Creek Park on East Line Road and at the Town Complex on Route 9.

Representatives of the Malta Ridge and Round Lake Fire Departments approached the town with preliminary groundwork for a coordinated fire response plan. The two companies protect the Town of Malta together with roughly 55 volunteers each.

Both departments said that with steadily increasing alarms and the possibility of growth in the area, the town's fire protection must be examined to ensure life and property is safe in the future.

"Things are in the process of changing, and changing rapidly for us," said Round Lake Fire Department President Fred Sievers, referring in part to the arrival of AMD's manufacturing facility.

Though it is unlikely the town's fire departments will have to deal with the facility directly, the fabrication plant's presence will likely make the town a much busier place, and potentially increase alarms for both companies.

Sievers said that volunteer ranks means the proper personnel are not always available in the daytime.

"There are times that, collectively, we have trouble putting a good crew together," he said.

He also expressed concern about bigger buildings going up in the town's downtown area and firefighter's ability to protect them with current services.

Malta Ridge Fire Chief Peter Shaw noted that Malta's Generic Environmental Impact Statement estimates an annual 12.5 percent increase in calls for the future.

"To assess our customers' future fire protection needs, we recommend a fire defense study is undertaken," said Shaw.

The cost of such a study was estimated at $40,000, though that depends on the consultant used and the scope undertaken. There was discussion on pursuing grants to help with the cost.""

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