Get informed about Ballston sewer plan

first_imgThe town of Ballston is embarking on a potential project to bring sanitary sewers to the “hamlet.” Timing for the project is linked to the Ballston Lake Sewer Project that is already approved and under detailed planning.Residential and commercial property owners in the district will vote on April 18 whether to install the sewers. There are many factors involved in the decision making, including the environment, health, viability of hamlet businesses, financing, and operating the system. It’s important for voters to become fully informed of all the relevant factors so as to make the best decision. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Existing failed septic systems have, and still are affecting, the land, water table and waterways. Repair costs increase with time, and businesses are significantly burdened to handle sanitary waste in the Route 50 corridor.This doesn’t come free. The Sewer Committee continues to pursue minimizing the total cost, including obtaining grants, low-interest loans and encouraging contractors to discount multiple installations. Forty years ago, a similar project with 85 percent grants was defeated. That level of grants is not available today. While cost is a major factor, there are planned allowances for extreme situations, like financial hardship, installation cost based on distance from sewer mains and age of recently established septic systems. These will be in the required town law.Information on upcoming public sessions, including Wednesday’s (March 14) is available at www.ballstonsewers.org or by calling the town of Ballston, 518-885-8502.After learning the facts, I’m certain the proposed sewer district is an investment in the future of our community. I urge everyone to become fully informed.Al Pirigyi Sr.Burnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Saudi Arabia to hold virtual G20 summit on Nov 21-22

first_imgThey have injected $11 trillion to stem the economic impact of the pandemic and launched a debt suspension initiative for the world’s poorest countries aimed at deferring some $14 billion in debt payments due this year.Ahead of hosting the G20 summit, Saudi Arabia jailed eight people for between seven and 20 years for Khashoggi’s killing in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate. Saudi officials denied Prince Mohammed played a role, but in 2019 he indicated some personal accountability, saying “it happened under my watch”.Riyadh has also been trying to exit the costly conflict in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthi group for over five years in what is widely seen in the region as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.  The G20 leaders summit will be held virtually on Nov. 21-22, Saudi Arabia said on Monday, as the COVID-19 pandemic thwarted Riyadh’s hopes of hosting the gathering in the kingdom to boost its international standing.Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter and a leading U.S. ally, took over the G20 presidency at a time of heavy global criticism of its human rights record after the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and of the Yemen war.Riyadh has sought to turn attention to reforms launched by de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to open up the kingdom and diversify its economy. King Salman, who had surgery in July, will chair the November summit, a G20 Saudi secretariat statement said.Saudi leaders had hailed the kingdom’s G20 presidency as proof of its leading role in the global economy, but the majority of the meetings have been held virtually due the novel coronavirus.The summit will focus on “protecting lives and restoring growth, by addressing vulnerabilities uncovered during the pandemic and by laying down foundations for a better future,” the statement said.The Group of 20 major economies have this year contributed over $21 billion to support measures such as the production and distribution of vaccines to fight the coronavirus outbreak.center_img Topics :last_img read more