Town ex­tends op­tion to buy land for wa­ter dis­trict

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­

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.”


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