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April 18, 2013

Long-term solution eyed for Dannemora salt problems



While many of the residents are still forced to make do with bottled water and they draw bulk water from the DOT facility or a nearby spring, state and local officials are working toward a permanent solution to the growing problem.

After reviewing reports from Shumaker Engineering, which was hired by DOT to do the testing, officials now say the preferred long-term solution is to extend the waterline from Clinton Correctional Facility in the Village of Dannemora and establish a water district to serve the affected area.

DOT, however, cannot create a water district, as state law allows only local governments to do so.

Dannemora Town Supervisor Americo “Ves” Pivetta said it’s still too early to comment on any possible answer to the issue.

”The study is still going on ... We can’t do anything until the state has their plan. Until then, we don’t know what’s going to happen.”

State, county and local officials are still working to define the boundaries of a possible future district and trying to compile financial estimates.

For the affected residents, the idea of a district brings a new batch of unanswered questions.

“You can’t form a water district until you know where the contamination is, and we still don’t know (everyone who’s affected),” Saltmarsh recently told the Press-Republican.

“And we’re still waiting for them to tell us how much this is going to cost. This isn’t the town’s problem ... DOT needs to pay for this.”


While still frustrated by what she calls a lack of information and cooperation from state officials and the slow progress of the investigation, Saltmarsh applauded the efforts of Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) and Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) for their ongoing support of the Ledgers Corners community.

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