Angelica Laundry Plant Ballston Spa, NY

Mayor: Angelica Remediation Is Under Way

Mayor John Romano, left, and Fire Commissioner and Trustee Bob Cavanaugh, right, induct, left to right center, Josh Bush, Dylan McHale and Conley Reiter as junior firefighters./Ballston Journal

Mayor John Romano, left, and Fire Commissioner and Trustee Bob Cavanaugh, right, induct, left to right center, Josh Bush, Dylan McHale and Conley Reiter as junior firefighters at the Village Board meeting held Monday Feb. 27, 2017./Ballston Journal

BALLSTON SPA – Mayor John Romano told the Village Board Monday that remediation work has started at the Angelica Textile property on Bath Street.

The former laundry closed in 2010, and the site was previously used as a tannery. Pollution issues have hindered its redevelopment, and it is classified as a state brownfield.

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.

READ EPA testing ground around Rickett’s Laundry

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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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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