Town approves mercury remediation

Cleanup at water treatment plant said to cost up to $670k

— At the Feb. 7 Town Board meeting, Crystal Peck, of Bailey, Kelleher and Johnson, the special district counsel for the Latham Water District, said town engineers C.T. Male Associates have conducted a preliminary investigation and prepared a work plan to remediate the problem. It includes analyzing soil samples, exposing and removing a section of the drainpipe, excavating areas of contaminated soil and importing materials to replace the removed soil, Peck said.

The maximum cost of the project was estimated at $670,000, which would be bonded over 20 years, resulting in a $2 yearly increase in the tax bill of an average homeowner with a home assessed at $200,000.

Cunningham said if everything goes as plan, the remediation should be wrapped up in the spring or summer.

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