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September 13, 2012

Town to demolish landmark water tank

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Bursztyn has lived in her house for 20 years and said she’s never had a problem with the structure being there.

“I actually enjoyed having that space and the grounds have always been taken care of wonderfully,” Bursztyn said. “It sets us to wondering what will happen to that area and what they are going to do with it.” 

The town also approved O’Brien & Gere Engineers Inc., to complete engineering work for the demolishment of the sludge incinerators at the Wastewater Treatment Facility at a cost of $578,100. 

“This is a result of unfunded mandates for the incineration process,” Emminger said. “We will be hauling our sludge to another   incinerator.” 

The entire project is expected to cost $3.5 million, compared to the $5.6 million that would be required to repair the incinerators to comply with new Environmental Protection Agency restrictions. 

The structures were built in 1966 and 1973, and no work has been done on them since then. Maving estimates the decision to do away with the incinerators will save town taxpayers $4.7 million over the next 20 years.

The project is expected to take two years. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.

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