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Thursday, 21 March 2019 13:02

Ballston Spa Elects New Mayor and Two Trustees

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BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa Village elections took on place March 19. The village voted on a new mayor and two trustee positions.

Residents elected Larry Woolbright as the new mayor, succeeding John Romano who has been mayor for nearly 25 years. Woolbright received 651 votes; his term begins April 1. Woolbright ran as a Republican under the campaign motto “Deliver4BSpa.” Running under the same motto was Peter Martin and Rory O’Connor; however, they did not win the two open trustee seats.

Liz Kormos and Christine M. Fitzpatrick ran under a new party called “A Better BSpa,” and won with 500 votes and 512, respectively. Martin received 434 and O’Connor received 398.

“Last night did not go the way we hoped, but we are so thankful for every single voter who did turn out for us yesterday. Moving forward, those elected to the village board must take action, get finances settled while protecting the services Ballston Spa residents deserve including our police and fire department,” a Facebook post read from Deliver4BSpa on March 20 and pictured O’Connor and Martin.

“The election marks a turning point for the Village. No longer will people be excluded from participating in Village government because they are the wrong party or haven't been here long enough. Along with Noah Shaw and Shawn Raymond, we will let the sunshine into Village Hall... Together we will steer Ballston Spa toward the goals of financial health, repair our infrastructure and redevelop existing properties. We will address public safety and make Ballston Spa a place welcoming to people of all ages and abilities,” a Facebook post says by ABetterBSpa.

Kormos and Fitzpatrick succeed former trustees Stuart Hodsoll and Robert Cavanaugh. Their terms also begin on April 1. Kormos says the future is bright for A Better Ballston Spa.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 16:55

Malta Developer Secures Water Supply

MALTA — In a significant move toward building more than 90 apartment units off Hutchins Road in Milton, Malta Development has reached an agreement with a Clifton Park firm to supply the 14-acre site with water.

Malta Development President Tom Samascott said his company has signed a letter of intent with Heritage Springs Water Works for a $120,000 connection fee.

“It will create a backup supply for 4,200 residences,” Samascott said last week. “It’s a great benefit to a lot of people in the town.”

Mike McNamara, an engineer for Heritage Springs Water Works, explained that the connection would occur near the intersection of Hutchins Road and Rowland Street in Milton where Heritage already maintains an 8-inch water line underground.

The company supplies water to the Lancaster Place condominiums on Hutchins Road and other neighborhoods in the area.

Until last year, McNamara said, Heritage officials had determined that their water lines were nearing “capacity.” Then the company successfully dug a new well and reached a separate agreement with Rowlands Hollow Water Works to increase that capacity.

McNamara added that Malta Development would incur the additional cost of extending water pipes a quarter mile east to its development—a main road to which would be located across from Greybirch Trail after an existing house is demolished and removed.

For months, private negotiations for the water supply have occurred between Malta Development and Heritage Springs Water Works.

Initially, according to McNamara, the City of Saratoga Springs also was contacted because its border is just yards away from the project site on Hutchins Road. But the city declined to supply the water, he said.

The Milton Town Board has not yet approved Malta Development’s proposed 91-unit apartment complex. The board scheduled a public hearing focused on the project at 6:30 p.m. on July 19 at the Milton Community Center on Northline Road.

For several months, local residents have raised concerns at town board meetings about increased traffic in the two 50-year-old neighborhoods of single-family homes that would be affected by Malta Development’s construction project. The new roads built to service the apartments would connect both neighborhoods.

Residents also have questioned the wisdom of changing the property’s current residential zoning by increasing the “density” to accommodate so many apartments.

Samascott said that previous town leaders in Milton, who established zoning rules, “recognized” that such changes would be necessary at times.

Milton Planning Board Chairman Larry Woolbright explained that current zoning rules for the well-forested patch of land allow a maximum of about 30 single-family homes.

Malta Development is requesting a zoning change called a Planned Development District that would be specific for the site. Woolbright said that change has to be approved by the town board, while the planning board is required to give its own final approval.

In response to residents’ concerns about the zoning, Samascott said that building single-family homes is not practical from the perspective of Malta Development.

Increasing the density to 91 apartment units is the only “affordable rate,” Samascott said, because long-term rental agreements would cover the installation of water lines and various other construction costs.

“Without it,” Samascott said of the zoning change, the project “doesn’t work.” 

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