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Senate approves Saranac Lake water project

March 24, 2011
By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer

SARANAC LAKE - The state Senate has approved legislation that would allow the village of Saranac Lake to build a new water storage tank and municipal water line on land that's part of Mount Pisgah Ski Center.

Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, who sponsored the bill, said the legislation was approved Wednesday in the Senate and now awaits action in the Assembly, where a companion bill is sponsored by Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, R-Peru.

The village needs state approval to separate the water tower site from Mount Pisgah park through a process called alienation, which is the taking of parkland for non-park use. Since Mount Pisgah has been supported with state park funds in the past, including a recent $600,000 state grant for a new T-bar lift and multi-use trail system, using part of the property for water system upgrades requires state legislative approval.

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Sen. Betty Little
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Part of the village's $10.7 million, state-mandated water project, the water tower and water line will occupy about 2.5 acres of Pisgah property east of the ski slope. The legislation requires the village to substitute other land of the same market value for the park land it will use as part of the water project.

The Senate bill says the tank will be located at the same elevation as the village's existing water tank on View Street, roughly 1,800 feet, will not exceed the state Adirondack Park Agency's 40-foot height limit and will not be visible from neighboring properties.

The water tank will be accessed via a new road the village plans to build from the Mount Pisgah parking lot. Both the road and the water line will cross property owned by the American Management Association, and the village is trying to secure easements from AMA as part of a bigger deal to annex the company's 60-acre campus into the village.


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