Saratoga County

Ballston board rejects costly sewer proposal

Annual cost would have been nearly $1,600 per resident

BALLSTON — The Town Board has rejected plans for a new sewer district to be created to serve the Carpenter’s Acres development in the northern part of town.

The neighborhood just south of Ballston Spa has a history of issues with individual septic systems, but the board voted unanimously to reject the conclusions of a report required for the district’s formation, due to the cost and opposition from many residents. Town officials said the move essentially ends any proceedings to form a sewer district there.

“The new sewer district would have cost homeowners nearly $1,600 each per year over 30 years, and that did not include the cost to connect to the sewer lines at the street,” said Town Supervisor Tim Szczepaniak. “We listened to the residents and determined it was too much of a financial burden.”

The proposed district would have served 167 properties, including some outside the Carpenter’s Acres development, at an estimated design and construction cost of $4.4 million.

Szczepaniak said the town will now try to help individual homeowners develop solutions to their individual septic and drainage issues.

 A group of residents first brought the issue to the town’s attention for years ago, but a hearing on the plans in December attracted a large crowd, many of whom voiced opposition to the plans.

“Taking a fresh look at the septic issues in Carpenter’s Acres is the right thing to do at this time,” Szczepaniak said. “We want to make sure we are protecting our groundwater and balancing our residents’ concerns.”

The town currently has no sewers, but construction of a sewer district for Ballston Lake is close to starting.

That system will be built around Ballston Lake and will also serve the hamlet of Ballston Lake. The project has town approval, but a proposal to extend the system to Burnt Hills and the Route 50 corridor was rejected by residents in a referendum in April.

Work on the Ballston Lake project, which was approved in a 2015 referendum, is expected to start this spring. It has a $12.7 million budget and is expected to cost property owners an average of $907 per year.

Reach Daily Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.


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