Saratoga County

Ballston takes another try at new sewer district

The town is looking at a new location, west of Route 50
Voters line up to cast ballots on the Burnt Hills sewer proposal in April
Voters line up to cast ballots on the Burnt Hills sewer proposal in April

BALLSTON — The town of Ballston is taking another crack at building a sewer district in another location after the last attempt failed in an April referendum.

The proposal failed 419 votes against to 108 in favor of connecting 527 parcels along each side of Route 50 — between the Glenville town line and Route 146A — and on the residential roads around it, including Lake Hill and Kingsley roads, to the sewer system. 

Town Councilman Bill Goslin on Tuesday said the new sewer district would be in the Carpenter Acres neighborhood west of Route 50. 

According to Goslin, the proposal came from two efforts by residents to petition the town to establish a new sewer district. 

He said the district would cost somewhere between $1,400 and $1,500 per household, per year, higher than the $926 proposal that failed by a 4-to-1 ratio in April. 

Those costs would not account for additional fees to connect to the sewer line, which would fall between $3,500 and $10,000 per household, depending on the property.

“These numbers are not engrained yet,” project manager Kim Kotkoskie said before a town meeting Tuesday. “They will eventually be engrained.” 

Kotkoskie said that 22 households still need to consent to having the sewer line run under their property, and Goslin added that another referendum could be in the works, depending on public feedback at two town meetings dedicated to the proposal on Oct. 3 and Oct. 9. 

“If the town petitions us, then we have to spend money to honor the petition,” Goslin said ahead of the Tuesday meeting, where the sewer district was not on the agenda. 

Reach Daily Gazette reporter Jake Lahut at [email protected] or @JakeLahut on Twitter.

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