Ed Hersh addresses Village Board/Ballston Journal

Mayor Says Village Water Has No PFOA

BALLSTON SPA – Mayor John Romano said Monday that village drinking water has been tested and found not to contain PFOA.Speaking at a Village Board meeting, the mayor said he ordered the tests after the issue was raised during discussion earlier this year about unrelated pollution issues stemming from the former Rickett’s Laundry on Milton Avenue.

PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid, has been found recently in public water supplies in Rensselaer County. Testing found it and other “perfluorinated substances” not to be present in Ballston Spa drinking water, which is drawn from wells north of the village, off Rowland Street in Milton and Geyser Road in Saratoga Springs.

Romano also said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has informed him that homes tested for air pollution in the vicinity of Rickett’s came back with results “much more encouraging than originally anticipated,” meaning they showed less pollution. The EPA had feared air pollution might be coming from contaminated water running underneath the homes from Rickett’s. Romano also said he expects an announcement soon regarding cleanup of the Rickett’s site, but declined to provide further details following the meeting.

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In other business, Ed Hersh, representing the Ballston Spa Lions Club, addressed the board, saying the club wants to work with the village to improve the Old Iron Spring park on Front Street and the nearby area, including the steps going up to the Tedisco Trail. The Lions envisage improvements such as reviving the snack bar for specific events, and turning it into a “music park” with more concerts.

Romano lauded the work of the Lions over the years, especially on the village swimming pool, and the board passed a resolution in favor of cooperation with the club on the Old Iron Spring.

The board authorized spending $3,123.88 “for sidewalk heating supplies.” This is a new underground system designed to melt snow and ice by Village Hall on Front and Bath streets.

The board will hold a meeting at 10 p.m. on March 21 to canvass results from that day’s village election. Two board trustees and the village justice will be elected, and all three races are contested by Republican and Democratic candidates. All four trustee candidates, Republicans Ron Henry (incumbent) and Bruce Couture, and Democrats Noah Shaw and Shawn Raymond, attended Monday’s board meeting.

Romano said the 18th annual Easter egg hunt for children will be held at the Milton Community Center from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 2, which is two weeks before Easter Sunday. It is free of charge, but parents are asked to bring a canned item to contribute to a food pantry.

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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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