Saratoga County water project surges ahead

Legal action will likely be taken against the EPA, said Wormuth. On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors voted to join in any litigation and set aside $100,000 for legal fees.

In the Town of Clifton Park, county water is being considered for reasons of economics alone. The town's water authority " which is run by a five-member council appointed by the Town Board " has not yet renewed its contract to buy water from the Town of Glenville this year.

"The Town of Clifton Park felt that it constricted the water authority to commit to a five-year term," said CPWA Chairman Helmut Gerstenberger. "The consensus was we needed more flexibility."

But cost is also a significant factor, said Gerstenberger. County water is being offered at a rate of $2.05 per 1,000 gallons, while water from Glenville costs around $3. Then again, hooking up to the county system, which is to terminate about a mile north of Clifton Park, would cost about $960,000.

"That's probably the one big issue. We need assistance from the county," said Gerstenberger.

Clifton Park's contract with Glenville won't expire until the end of the year, meaning the authority has time to research its options.

The towns of Wilton and Ballston are the only municipalities that have signed contracts to buy county water so far.

The authority also recently settled litigation brought against it by contractor the Delaney Group, who sued in early September asserting it had received late payment. The SCWA paid $480,000 to Delaney, money Lawler said is to offset the cost of pipe to circumvent properties for which the project was unable to attain easements.

Delaney is back on the job and is expected to complete its portion of the waterline soon.

As a whole, about two-thirds of the required piping has been laid and the plant in Moreau is about halfway done, said Lawler. The project is still on track for a startup date in the fourth quarter of 2009.""

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