“Overall, department heads were very responsible at submitting tight budgets,” Malaney said. “We’ll reduce the budget and tighten it up before it’s passed.”
The town is working on an alternate public water source to its two surface sources, Gooseneck Pond and Lake George, but that is part of a $2.7 million planned bond issue to get started, and the project is not on the tax levy in the tentative budget. The town also has $2 million in grant funds so far to work on the project.
Malaney said the State Department of Health “strongly suggested” a groundwater source, and they have two test wells drilled in the town’s Streetroad hamlet.
“We could also upgrade or replace our filtration plants at Gooseneck and Lake George, but that cost is estimated at $32 million at Gooseneck and $12 million for Lake George,” she said.
“The cost for a well, including land purchase, engineering and legal, is $14 million.”
The cost estimates were provided by the town’s engineering firm, AES Northeast of Plattsburgh.
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