BALLSTON SPA – Mayor John Romano told the Village Board Monday that remediation work has started at the Angelica Textile property on Bath Street.
Romano said buildings to the back and side of the property will soon be demolished under state and federal permits, with debris and contaminated material hauled away for disposal off-site and a cap put in place. The Ballston company Northeastern Environmental Technologies is working with the state Department of Environmental Conservation on the project, the mayor said. While the work is going on, the village may temporarily close the Tedisco Trail located in-between the Angelica property and the Saratoga County Fairgrounds.
The mayor said the main Angelica building will not be demolished. He said he has been “in close contact with two developers who are working together” to try to redevelop the property. After the meeting, he declined to provide further details about this.
Romano also gave an update on another former laundry site, Rickett’s, where pollution issues are being addressed. He said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has conducted tests of air quality in 50 out of 60 houses near the site on Milton Avenue, and that the home owners will be notified of results. Romano said the EPA will not be telling him about the test results, and no home owner has notified him so far.
The EPA fears that air inside the homes may have been polluted by ground water underneath them coming from the Rickett’s site. If the air is polluted, the EPA will provide and install devices to remove the pollution and dissipate it outside.
Romano said the EPA has told him it does plan to oversee demolition and cleanup of the Rickett’s site, but he did not know when that would happened.
In other business, Romano made permanent what had been the provisional appointment of David Bush as police chief, and the board confirmed the appointment by resolution. Bush took over as provisional chief last June, following the retirement of Charles Koenig. Romano said Bush has 25 years of experience as a full-time police officer, 19 of them in Ballston Spa.
Josh Bush, Dylan McHale and Conley Reiter were inducted as junior firefighters.
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