March 3, 2014

Pfizer vetoes Rouses Point water tower removal

ROUSES POINT — The old water tower here will remain standing for the foreseeable future.

The Rouses Point Village Board had made all the arrangements to have the elevated storage tank near Academy Street taken down, but the work would have required access to property owned by Pfizer.

“We just needed the final OK from Pfizer, and they turned it down,” Trustee Joseph Treadwell said.

The tower has stood unused for years; the village erected a new 1.5 million gallon storage tank in 2003 at a cost of $1.3 million.

Nothing came of early talk of possibly selling the old one to another municipality that would dismantle it then erect it for use once again.

The recent arrangements would have seen Earth Waste Systems of Morrisonville tearing down the tower then selling it for scrap.

There would have been no charge to the village, as the firm would have done the work in exchange for what the materials brought as salvage.


And the village might have received a share as well, Treadwell said.

“The tower is not unsafe or anything of the sort,” he said. “We just wanted to get the eyesore out of the sky before the cell tower goes up this summer.”

Verizon Wireless wants to build a 160-foot communications tower and communications facility building at 124 Academy Street, adjacent to the old water tank.

The company has applied to the Village Planning Board for site-plan review; a public hearing on the project is set for 7 p.m. Monday, March 24, in Halstead Hall at the Rouses Point Civic Center on Lake Street.

Other business conducted by the Village Board at recent sessions included the following:

Truck purchase: The Village Board approved spending $25,591.50 for a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado utility truck. The cost came out of the Electric Capital Equipment fund.

Code enforcement training: Chief Code Enforcement Officer Clifford Sterling will attend five three-day sessions in Lake George taking place in March, April, May, June and July.

Library help: The board approved a request from Dodge Memorial Library President Andrew Ewart to hire Miranda Menard and Judy Bergeron as substitute library pages. They work on an as-needed basis.

July 4 celebration: North Country Golf Club will run a beer garden during the annual Fourth of July festivities, this year set for July 4, 5 and 6.

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