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Lake George water study could delay commercial construction

LAKE GEORGE — The village board is expected to announce a moratorium on any new water connections to town commercial properties outside the village in order to conduct a 10- to 12-week water study.

The board will vote on the resolution at its December meeting. The moratorium is proposed for six months.

According to a press release from the village, the council hired CT Male Engineering to conduct a study of the village’s water system to evaluate options to meet the growing needs of the area.

Lake George Town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson said Richard Schermerhorn’s plans to develop housing at the former Water Slide World site were a driving force in the decision to conduct the study.

“We have had some interest from developers for large water use projects and the village has enough water, but they want to make sure they can get the volume needed for these projects , which prompted us to carry out a study on water. » said Dickinson.

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The Village of Lake George Water Filtration System currently serves more than 1,800 residents and businesses in the City and Village of Lake George. Town and village councils have agreed to conduct a study into options for continuing to provide water services for the growing development of the area. (December 2022)

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While the city and village both operate water filtration plants, the Diamond Point municipal facility serves fewer than 100 residents with a well water system, while the village plant serves more than 1 800 inhabitants of the village and town with more than 1,400 water connections. .

Currently, village water is pumped directly from Lake George through a pumping station on Beach Road to a modern water filtration plant on Ottawa Street and distributed throughout the system.

The village serves users north to Hearthstone Park on Route 9N and south to Route 9L, as well as to the eastern shore of the lake.

The village’s press release cited not only plans for the former Water Slide World site, but also the recent conversion of the former Ramada Inn into residences and several other condo developments on Route 9L and Bloody Pond Road, as reasons to conduct the water study and explore service options.

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Demolition was underway this fall at the former home of Water Slide World, after real estate developer Richard Schermerhorn purchased the property with plans to build housing on the site. The plans, while not yet submitted to the City of Lake George, are the driving force behind the decision to conduct a citywide water study.

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“Village officials are concerned that the current filtration plant will not be able to meet the expected higher volume and have joined with the town council to fund the $43,000 study. The study is expected to last 12 to 14 weeks,” Tuesday’s statement said.

The study aims to examine current system capacity, highlight areas of concern or possible limitations, and provide improvement designs to continue accepting additional customers in planned areas of development.

“We don’t want to hinder the growth of the Town of Lake George,” said Village Mayor Bob Blais. “We want to be able to serve all customers who want to have village water in the town outside the village while maintaining an adequate supply for the village.”

Jana DeCamilla is a writer covering Moreau, Queensbury, Warren County and Lake George. She can be reached at 518-903-9937 or jdecamilla@poststar.com.


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