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Petition circulated for Selkirk sewer lines

Some of us dream of winning the lottery or taking a vacation in a tropical location, but Cindy Radliff of Selkirk says she dreams of getting a sewer line brought to her properties.

She owns properties on Cottage Lane near Beaverdam Road and Maple Avenue, neither of which have sewer connections. A high water table and small lot sizes make septic systems unsavory choices, she said.

Radliff spoke at a public hearing at Town Hall during the Tuesday, July 21, planning board meeting for a four-lot subdivision on Maple Avenue. She along with a handful of other residents said they have been trying to get sewer access for years, but to no avail.

I've been trying to get sewer for the past 32 years and was always told to wait until homes are in back of you. Well, there are homes behind me and nothing has happened, she told the board. "I am getting a petition to try to bring sewer in."

Another nearby resident, Russell Sawyer, told developers "that natural drain has to be protected," referring to a natural slope where surface water can flow away from the properties. Sawyer said water currently sits on the lots, "even after just a little bit of rain."

Radliff also said she took notice that the nearby Stewart's Shop on Route 9W had sewer, but the houses nearby did not.

The town's assistant engineer and land surveyor Terrence Ritz told The Spotlight that without more development in the area, little could be done because the cost would be so prohibitive for the few users that could take advantage of it.

"With new development, the developer actually builds the sewer hookups and sewer district extensions have to be voted on by the Town Board," Ritz said. "Five or six years ago there was proposal to build a cul-de-sac with a dozen homes on it and to bring in sewer."

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