Mayor John Romano and Trustee Ron Henry/Ballston Journal

Village Board OKs $8,800 for Water Study

BALLSTON SPA – The Village Board voted Monday to pay up to $8,800 to study the potential sale of water  to parts of the town of Milton, north of the village line.

The study will be done by the village’s engineering consultants, CHA, and will include neighborhoods on either side of Rowland Street, between Northline Road and Geyser Road. Mayor John Romano said the study was worthwhile because the village stands to gain significant revenue from selling water to these areas. While most of the village is in the town of Milton, the village has its own water supply, and often sells and pipes water outside the village limits.

The Village Board also voted to cooperate with the town of Milton in applying for a state grant to build a salt shed in the town, for joint use by the village Department of Public Works and the town Highway Department. Salt is spread on roads in winter to make them less slick in order to avoid automobile accidents. Romano said the village’s own shed collapsed several years ago, and it has been using Saratoga County facilities since then.

The mayor said that for “logistical” reasons the county has informed the village that its arrangement can no longer continue, so the village needs a new place to store salt. He declined after the meeting to provide further explanation of the county decision.

The town of Milton’s salt shed, located at the Highway Department on Geyser Road west of Rowland Street, recently collapsed, and it has decided to build a new one further north on Rowland Street, next to the Saratoga County Airport.

In other business, the board appointed Neil Danbury as a part-time patrolman in the Police Department. He is already a part-time patrolman with the Hoosick Falls Police Department.

The board voted to spend $4,475.20 for turnout gear, as requested by Union Fire Co. No. 2. The same fire company also got $615.29 for wrenches and gloves, $850 for handheld lights, and $794.75 for air packs and batteries. Eagle-Matt Lee Fire Co. No. 1 got $676.75 for hose.

The board authorized spending $1,600 to clean sewer pipes, $1,317 for three dump truck tires, and $774 for two fluoride pumps.

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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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