The Bearsville Flats Sewer Myth (10/01/09)

The only possible way for there ever to be sewer service for the homes in the Bearsville Flats is if the residents were to petition the town to form a district for that purpose.

Regarding the flyer that circulated in Bearsville the day before the primary, I wish to dispel the rumor that I want to impose a new sewer district on the Bearsville Flats neighborhood. The only possible way for there ever to be sewer service for the homes in the Bearsville Flats is if the residents were to petition the town to form a district for that purpose. No one can make them do that. It’s the law.

There has been public discussion about sewer service in Bearsville. Our Planning Board made a unanimous recommendation that the Town Board consider ‘downzoning’ the Bearsville Light Industrial (LI) District, south of Route 212, to Neighborhood Commercial (NC). This is already the designation of the Bearsville Post Office, the Cub Market, and the Bearsville dining and entertainment complex. Downzoning would enable more flexible, yet still restricted, potential uses for the various empty buildings in the adjacent LI district. The Planning Board also recommended that the Town Board study the means of providing sewer service to this expanded district. This would enable even greater flexibility in potential uses while protecting our aquifer as well as our wellheads, which are located near Rick Volz Field in the Flats neighborhood.

Would the residents of Bearsville Flats benefit directly or indirectly from a sewer system, and would the potential benefits gained be worth the expense? Maybe. The choice is theirs and a petition is the means. That is the only way it can happen. As Supervisor, I am here to represent YOU, to hear your voice, to understand your needs, and to lead our Town Board in making decisions for the common good within a fiscally responsible context. If you have any questions about this or any Town matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.


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