Standing at controls to a primary processing station recently at the Lake George sewer treatment plant, village wastewater supervisor Tim Shudt explains upgrades that are proposed to boost the purity of the plant’s outflows.
Efforts to clean up the discharges of the Lake George sewer treatment plant moved forward Monday July 16, as the Lake George Village Board voted to hire Chazen Engineering for $88,000 to draft proposed upgrades for the plant.
The board chose Chazen over two other firms that had submitted bids — AES Engineering and C.T. Male. The latter firm had proposed an upgrade project last year that was estimated to cost about $1.4 million, a quote that doubled in recent months.
The project was designed to increase the treatment capacity and boost the purity of the treated effluent by removing excessive levels of ammonia from the plant’s outflows.
Chazen was the low bidder of the three firms in the bids opened this month, despite a $24,200 “credit” cited by C.T. Male for prior engineering work on a downsized upgrade project that was estimated to cost $985,000.
Lake George Village Public Works Superintendent Dave Harrington said July 16 he was reluctant to change engineers because of C.T. Male’s extensive familiarity with the plant, but switching firms was likely to provide benefits.
“This project can use a fresh set of eyes,” he said. “We need new ideas, and we’re confident that Chazen can provide them.”
Harrington said he expected a project to be designed by spring to satisfy state officials who have pressured local officials to clean up the plant’s effluent.
Lake George Mayor Robert Blais said that the village should proceed on engineering work while the village seeks grant money, so the project would be “shovel ready,” boosting its chances for state funding.
He said that with a new Marriott hotel proposed for development on Canada St. plus future development in the surrounding town of Lake George, increasing the sewer plant capacity was appropriate.
In the meeting July 16, the village board approved the advertising that Adirondack Pedalcab Co. is displaying on its bicycle-powered rickshaws. The firm’s dozen-or-so pedalcabs bear both standard and illuminated digital billboards.
The latter raised a fairness concern with board members, who said that stores weren’t allowed, under the new village law, to have digital billboards. They voted a resolution for approval after Adirondack Pedalcab founder Steve Tomb said the billboards would be turned off while the vehicles were stationery — a suggestion Blais made to assure technical compliance with the law.
Board members shared laughter when one councilman noted that he recently saw one of the pedalcabs being pushed up the hill on Rte. 9L toward’s George’s Restaurant by one of the cab’s passengers.
“Our drivers are having a lot of fun,” Tomb said, noting that business was good. “Our drivers are serving as great ambassadors for the village.”
In other business, the Lake George Village Board:
•Voted to sell their www.lakegeorgevillage website domain name to Mannix Marketing for $1,000. Mannix plans to use it for commercial purposes, but maintain a banner link to the village’s municipal website and maintain a bulletin board for village news announcements. Town Clerk Darlene Gunther said municipal association officials advised her that such a sale did not have to be put out for public bid.
• Read a letter from village Fire Chief Alan Moon noting that he and local ambulance squad captain Chris Hawley had not been informed of route closures for the recent Centurion bicycle race. Such lack of notice of a closure, Moon said, posed a public safety hazard. Blais responded that communication on such issues would be boosted, and the village might attempt to obtain reimbursement from event organizers for local emergency agencies — a reward for their volunteers putting in extra duty.
•Voted to approve pursuing streetscape upgrades for the east side of Canada St, north from Amherst St. up to Marine Village motel. The board approved hiring Saratoga Associates to draft the plan and Don Pidgeon of Fort Edward to do the surveying.
•Earmarked $10,000 for survey work and schematic design for streetscape improvements along Canada St. from McGillis Ave. south to the village line. A grant application totaling $31,500 for the project was endorsed earlier this month.