Town extends option to buy land for water district
The Town Board has approved a sixmonth, $50,000 option to buy 58.3 acres along Plains Road for use in a planned water district.
This is the second extension of a one-year agreement that originally was signed on April 14, 2015.
Councilman Jeff Logan stressed that “none of these expenditures are being done with funds from the public. It is being taken out of our budget ,and we are being reimbursed ... by New York City. We are not taking out loans for this.”
New York City Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Adam Bosch this week said $9 million has been allocated to help the town develop a water district that will serve residents when the department shuts down its Catskill and Delaware aqueducts for repairs for about two weeks next year and 10 weeks each of the following three years. New Paltz draws water from the Catskill Aqueduct, which originates at the Ashokan Reservoir.
The purchase price for the Plains Road property, owned by David and Judi Roehr, would be $1.8 million. It would be used for wells and other waterrelated equipment that town officials have said will cost $2.4 million to establish.
Several residents of Plains Road have objected to the planned water district. One of them, Tammy Friedman, said the property might not provide all the water necessary during the aqueduct shutdown, and she suggested the village system could connect with a neighboring water supply.
The village of New Paltz reservoir, off Mountain Rest Road, is unable to fully supply all village and town customers.
“Lloyd would be a great option,” Friedman said. “They actually have an excessive amount of water that they throw into the Hudson [River] every year because they have too much water. This a temporary problem, we need a solution; Lloyd would be so grateful.”
Friedman also objected to recent discussions about use of the Mill Brook Preserve to develop a water source.
“What does a ‘preserve conservation’ mean?” she said. “Doesn’t that mean we preserve the land? Environmentally, it is just wrong. It’s just so wrong it’s unbelievable.”