Have you ever seen government boards press forward with a public works project even though they know it’s got significant problems and might not even have community support?
Of course you have. They do it all the time.
So give the Ballston Town Board credit for having foresight and for listening to constituents by pulling a sewer project proposed for 167 acres in the Carpenter’s Acres development.
Instead of the costly sewer project, the board has vowed to look for alternative solutions to the residents’ septic and drainage issues.
Early estimates for the $4.4 million project placed the cost to residents at between $1,400 and $1,600 per year for 30 years, plus the initial $3,500-$10,000 cost of hooking into the system.
Many residents would have had trouble coming up with that kind of money.
Town officials clearly learned their lesson from last April’s ballot issue on a $15.8 million Route 50 sewer project. It was rejected by nearly 80 percent of voters.
Given all that was working against this latest proposal, town officials were right to abandon it in favor of exploring alternative, and maybe less costly, solutions.
In the future, the town may have to revisit the sewer district issue. By then, they might be able to come up with a project that residents could accept and afford.
But at this time, this project wasn’t the right one.
The board listened to its citizens, and common sense, by pulling it.