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Pricey pump station needed to carry county water to Ballston

"We always knew we were going to need a pump station," she said. "It was a lot higher than we thought it was going to be. I was very surprised because I had been told the costs for hooking up were already budgeted in district 2.

"[Former Town Supervisor] Ray [Callanan] had felt that based on other pumps we had purchased in the past, we would be in the range of $100,000," she added.

Hynes said that options for paying for the station are still being examined as the town enters the budgeting process. One possibility would be to bond the project, potentially passing the cost to users in the district over time.

According to Ballston Supervisor Patti Southworth, who took office in early 2008, an exact plan may have to wait until it is decided how the two water sources will be distributed among customers.

"At this point, we haven't established who will be getting water from where," she said. "We have to service some residents with Glenville water because of where they are."

The CT Male report also states that the pumping station could serve to deliver water to the Clifton Park Water Authority if the town decides to sign on with the county water system.

Multiple attempts to reach CT Male representatives were unsuccessful.

Southworth said that water situation needs to be studied further before a decision is made on how to fund the pump station.

"It would make a lot of sense to get the contract sorted out before building the pump station," she said. "It's something we're going to have to address one way or another.""

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