WARRENSBURG - The town government took a step this week toward upgrading its sewer treatment plant.
Proceeding under a mandate from the state, the Warrensburg Town Board voted to pursue its plan to upgrade disinfection of treated wastewater at the town's sewer plant.
The board voted April 22 to borrow up to $511,150 to pay for installation of ultraviolet disinfection equipment to purify treated water before it is discharged from the plant into the Schroon River.
Monday, Supervisor Kevin Geraghty reiterated the board's intention to seek federal or state funding for the project, which was prompted by the state Dept. of Environmental Conservation Department.
"The state has mandated we make these improvements, so they should be paying for it," he said.
In other business undertaken at the April 22 meeting, the town board voted to pay $3,000 towards the printing and distribution costs of a historically-oriented map that points out modern landmarks and attractions of the upper Hudson River. To be distributed in conjunction with the statewide celebration of the quadricentennial of the discovery of the Hudson River, the map is under development by North Warren Chamber of Commerce director Greg Beckler and former Warren County tourism official Pam Morin.
The map focuses on the communities along the Hudson River, particularly from Glens Falls north.
Already, the towns of Chester, Horicon, Lake Luzerne and Stony Creek have pledged their financial support for the development of the map.
In addition to installing the disinfection equipment, the town board is pursuing another upgrade to its sewer treatment plant - the addition of a third lagoon to accommodate population growth in Warrensburg.
The plant now consists of two large purification lagoons, and a third is essential to accommodate new homes and businesses in the Warrensburg hamlet, Geraghty said. "We are at maximum capacity now," he said.
The new lagoon, about half the size of the existing ones, would cost $575,000 to construct. A final hearing on funding for the new lagoon is set for 7 p.m. May 13.
In other actions, the town board adopted revisions to its transient merchant law, dropping its requirement that transient merchants setting up temporarily in town, like those operating during the World's Largest Garage Sale event, must have various types of insurance coverage.
Also, the board voted to write a letter of support, to the state liquor board, on behalf of a new restaurant in town. The enterprise, to be located in the River Street Plaza, is seeking a beer and wine license. Called "Lizzie Keays," the restaurant will serve primarily lunch fare, Geraghty said.