Round Lake Village Board/Ballston Journal

Water Dispute Clouds Round Lake Development

ROUND LAKE – The long-planned Victorian Landings development at Northway Exit 11 has a water problem.

The problem is really with water quality from the new Saratoga County system, which Victorian Landings plans to hook into. But the point of connection is a problem for the village, because it would not permit the water to be treated where the village treats, when necessary, the rest of its supply. That won’t be a problem if the county can improve its water quality. But the village and developers are disputing about who should pay how much if the county system falls short

Possible solutions from the village viewpoint are creation of a new water district, where residents would pay higher rates, to serve Victorian Landings, or requiring the developers to commit to paying to fix the problem if necessary. The developers, however, including George Amedore Sr., John Bossalini and a legal representative, noted that the village already issued them a permit to connect to the county system, and questioned the legality of seeking more money from them. But they also said they are open to negotiation.

After the developers’ representatives left, and before the board went into executive session to discuss the matter,  Code Enforcement Officer Peter Sheridan said the developers had “violated the site plan” because “they didn’t leave a buffer of trees they were supposed to leave.” Trustee Carrie Woerner said “We should insist on replacement” of the trees.

In other business, the board discussed the prospect of replacing about 136 bolts in valves in its water system, all of them underground and many under blacktop. Rick Catuccio, from Ferguson Waterworks of Clifton Park, said the carbon steel bolts used by the village have been failing all over the country, and are now starting to fail here. It is better to be proactive, he said, rather than wait to replace them in an emergency situation. Department of Public Works Superintendent John Stevenson said trenches would have to be excavated around the valves.

The board discussed a drainage issue during storms resulting in runoff from village park land flooding a First Street property. Stevenson was instructed to come up with a plan to fix the problem.

It was announced that a ceremony will be held at noon Monday, Memorial Day, at the veterans monument in front of the municipal building, followed by a complimentary picnic lunch.

During the public comment portions of the meeting, Sandy Finkle of 12 New York Ave., and her son James, brought up issues relating to a family feud between them and another son, Jeffrey, all living in nearby separate residences. One of Mrs. Finkle’s complaints was that Jeffrey keeps chickens, which would require a two-acre parcel under the zoning law, when he owns about a quarter of that. Sheridan agreed, but said it is a civil matter which he has referred to the Zoning Board. Mrs. Finkle said Jeffrey has also brought complaints against her use of her property.

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Reporter Bob Conner has worked 21 years in various positions at the Gazette of Schenectady, and before that four years as a reporter at the Glens Falls Post-Star. He won two first-place writing awards from the New York Associated Press Association for newspapers with circulation between 50,000 and 250,000. Bob has a Phi Beta Kappa bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University, and an associate’s degree in chemical dependency counseling from HVCC. He is a published author and is currently writing a historical novel about the last four months in the life of Ulysses S.Grant

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