Village of Ballston Spa

Village Spending $16,775 for New Water Pump

BALLSTON SPA – The Village Board voted Monday to spend $16,775 to replace a failed pump and motor at one of the wells feeding the water system.

The work will be done by Subsurface Technologies, which Mayor John Romano said submitted the lowest estimate of three firms contacted by CHA, the village’s engineering consultant. The village-owned Well No. 1 is located east of Rowland Street in the town of Milton.

Although the board voted unanimously to approve the spending, Trustee Noah Shaw, one of two newly elected Democrats on the majority Republican board, expressed concerns. He asked how much is in the budget for water equipment, and when Romano said he didn’t know, said this and other information should have been provided in advance to board members.

If a similar issue comes up in the future and is handled the same way, Shaw said, “Next time I’m going to vote no.”

Shaw did, however, praise Romano and village officials for working with him to update the village web site to put more information on it.

An item on the web site mentioned by Trustee Bob Cavanaugh has information about the ongoing collection of yard waste by County Waste and the village Department of Public Works.

The board voted to supply village water to a proposed commercial project in Milton town center. Romano said the project is on the east side of Rowland Street, south of the Cumberland Farms at the corner of Geyser Road, and north of the Ballston Spa National Bank branch. That is now a wooded area. Romano said the project calls for 20,000 square feet of commercial space, but said later he did not have any further details about what would be built there.

Shaw thanked firefighters for their prompt and effective response on Sunday to a dryer fire at his Court Street home. The structure was not damaged.

In answer to a question from Trustee Shawn Raymond, Romano said he has not received any further communications from the city of Saratoga Springs regarding its proposed Geyser Road Trail. Romano has raised concerns about the trail encouraging trespassing onto the village’s watershed property north of Geyser Road in Saratoga Springs, which is contiguous to the village-owned well field in Milton, east of Rowland Street.

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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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