By ASHLEIGH LIVINGSTON
---- — DANNEMORA — The Dannemora Town Council recently discussed efforts to improve water quality in the Chazy Lake area.
At a recent session, Town Supervisor Americo “Ves” Pivetta updated the council on the continuing issue of salt contamination in wells at properties in the Dannemora hamlet of Ledgers Corners.
The State Department of Transportation conducted a study of the longstanding problem, testing close to 90 wells and finding 18 had unsafe chloride levels.
The state proposed a $2.4 million plan to establish a water district that would serve that area, Pivetta told the council. Residents with contaminated wells could hook in for free, while others would have to pay for access.
It was noted, however, that details of the plan still needed to be tweaked and clarified.
In addition, Town Highway Superintendent Mark Siskavich used the meeting to discuss construction of a turnaround on Reservoir Road at no cost to the town.
Coryer explained that the turnaround, which is now complete, will prevent snowplows from having to back out of the dead-end road in the winter.
The fill and gravel needed to construct the turnaround were donated.
Tobacco policy: The Town Council reviewed its standing tobacco policy to ensure that it was up to date.
A resolution was then passed to approve the policy, which states that no tobacco or tobacco products can be used in town buildings or on town property.
Film crew: The Town Council passed a resolution to allow a PBS crew to film a music video on the former Republic Steel mine property in Lyon Mountain, providing the crew has its own insurance coverage.
When Republic Steel left the area in 1967, the land became property of the town.
Milfoil: Councilor Kenneth Brassard reported that efforts were being made to set up a meeting with state agencies to discuss the possibility of a 4-foot drawdown of Chazy Lake in an effort to combat the milfoil problem there.
Coryer told the Press-Republican that last year, a 1- or 2-foot drawdown of the lake seemed to help, as water levels were low enough to freeze over the milfoil and kill some of it.
The hope, she said, is that increasing the drawdown this year will have an even greater positive effect.
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