The village of Fort Edward’s recycling bin, which is meant only for village residents, has been full to the brim over the last several months, taxing the municipality’s budget and causing questions over how to handle it.

The collection bin, which is behind the Village Police Department, historically needed to be emptied once a week, and around the holidays twice a week, said Village Deputy Clerk Janelle Rose.

Now, she said, it’s the norm to see it need emptying twice a week, and sometimes three times. Village Board Member Ed Carpenter said Jan. 7 that there are times the bin is stockpiled and looks like an “eyesore.”

The town halted recycling pickup services at the beginning of 2018, following the shutdown of its closest transfer station.

Traver said town residents are definitely utilizing the collection bin, but village workers have also seen packaging material with a Moreau address, among other nearby municipalities.

“It was pretty crazy,” said Mayor Matthew Traver. “The expenses are going up and up there.”

The village spent $20,000 on recycling for 2017-2018. For 2018-2019, it budgeted $22,800. Now the Village Board is discussing what to allocate for the upcoming 2019-2020 budget, and is considering whether to pay someone to monitor the drop-off.

Deputy Mayor Peter Williams said the board should look at restricting it in a way that benefits the village residents.

“It’s a service I think we still need to keep providing, but it’s how do we tackle it,” Traver said.

The village’s 2019-2020 budget review cycle begins soon, with its adoption in the spring.

Amtrak looks to make station accessible

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The Amtrak station at East and Rogers streets in Fort Edward could soon get parking lot upgrades that would make it up to standard with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Village Board discussed Amtrak’s draft plans Monday, Jan. 7, as the parking lot would be installed on village property.

The plans include a 54-foot by 28-foot concrete pad and crushed stone in the parking area. It would occupy the corner of Rogers Street, then head down to about the corner of East and Wing streets.

Amtrak hopes to begin construction by the spring or summer, said Mayor Matthew Traver.

Fort Ann Village and Sewer upgrades

The Village of Fort Ann finished up a $50,000 state grant to study its wastewater treatment plant and identify what might need upgrading.

The grant, which village officials say was awarded in 2018, was used to work with Cedarwood Engineering Services out of Warrensburg.

Harry Ziegler, department of public works manager for the village, said at a board meeting on Jan. 7 the state Department of Environmental Conservation inspected the plant as part of its state pollution discharge elimination system permit program.

“The inspection went very, very well,” said Village Mayor Denis Langlois, adding that he expected the state to issue the permit soon.

The system is old, however. Some of the sewer lines date to 1939. But with only about 200 users, Langlois said the board would not go to the taxpayers for more money to replace the system.

He said the village would only use grant funding should it be able to secure enough to upgrade the plant.

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Reporter Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (518) 742-3238 or gcraig@poststar.com. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1.


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