New Scotland OK's New Salem water project

$3M extension hinges on purchase agreement with Bethlehem

— “We have been trying to get the fine grain details of a water purchase agreement with New Scotland,” Deyoe said. “There are a couple loose ends that the attorneys are working out.”

Deyoe declined to offer any further details since negotiations are ongoing, but said he hoped to have an agreement to present to the Bethlehem Town Board within the next few weeks.

“I was hoping to have this advanced sooner, but we just got some details to work out,” he said.

New Scotland Town Attorney Michael Naughton said at the Wednesday Town Board meeting the main holdup concerns “ a 10-year-old spill” on a Bethlehem property. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has outlined steps needed for remediation on that property.

“The fact that both towns have not formally adopted an agreement does get in the way of this town’s ability to proceed with the final order,” Naughton. “What this does allow the board to do is proceed with the short-term financing … which is a good thing.”

Dolin said the town would be able to have survey crews complete fieldwork needed to design the project.

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