The town of Ballston is embarking on a potential project to bring sanitary sewers to the “hamlet.” Timing for the project is linked to the Ballston Lake Sewer Project that is already approved and under detailed planning.
Residential and commercial property owners in the district will vote on April 18 whether to install the sewers. There are many factors involved in the decision making, including the environment, health, viability of hamlet businesses, financing, and operating the system. It’s important for voters to become fully informed of all the relevant factors so as to make the best decision.
Existing failed septic systems have, and still are affecting, the land, water table and waterways. Repair costs increase with time, and businesses are significantly burdened to handle sanitary waste in the Route 50 corridor.
This doesn’t come free. The Sewer Committee continues to pursue minimizing the total cost, including obtaining grants, low-interest loans and encouraging contractors to discount multiple installations. Forty years ago, a similar project with 85 percent grants was defeated. That level of grants is not available today. While cost is a major factor, there are planned allowances for extreme situations, like financial hardship, installation cost based on distance from sewer mains and age of recently established septic systems. These will be in the required town law.
After learning the facts, I’m certain the proposed sewer district is an investment in the future of our community. I urge everyone to become fully informed.
Al Pirigyi Sr.