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Feuz Road neighbors voice concerns about water pressure, town says it’s not an issue

— Councilman Robert Godlewski said if the project had any negative affect on water pressure then it would be noted in the State Environmental Quality Review document on the project.

Supervisor Harry Buffardi said there would not be a reduction in water pressure or volume for current residents resulting from the new development.

David Ingalls, engineer for the project, also addressed the water pressure concern at the town’s Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee Meeting on May 3, according the town’s meeting summary.

Ingalls said the town took water pressure readings around the Country Walk Estates development and at the bottom of the hill there was 58 psi, with 37 to 28 psi at the top of the hill. He said it is standard for 0.5 psi to be lost per foot of elevation.

Ingalls at the May 3 meeting also said he purchased the property for the project from the Gallucci family around two weeks before the meeting, so he was now the applicant and engineer.

Members of the advisory committee also expressed concerned about the density of the project, with 15 townhouses thought to be a tough fit. Ingalls said the proposed layout was only conceptual and agreed 15 townhouses was unlikely, with eight to 12 townhouse units likely being a maximum build out.

Developers had sought for a more dense zoning change last year, with R-3 Multi-Family Residential eyed to allow apartments to be constructed. Residents had expressed concern over the apartments proposal and said it didn’t fit with the character of the neighborhood.

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