Sean Mulkerrin

 The twice-a-year fee, which is used to pay for 2013 upgrades to Altamont’s Gun Club waste-water treatment facility, will increase from $45 to $100 per user. 

During the November village board meeting, Steve Schreiber, chairman of the grassroots Committee for a Quiet Zone in Voorheesville, voiced concern with how the project has stalled since an August update.

On Election Night, three of the four incumbent New Scotland Democrats facing Republican challengers were still facing uncertain futures as a number of absentee ballots had yet to be counted. But the Democrats breathed a collective sigh of relief on Nov. 17 after the release of the absentee-ballot counts. However, the recanvass results recently released by the Albany County Board of Elections should give Democrats pause as they show that Republicans — there are six for every 10 Democrats in town — are becoming more competitive.

Altamont didn’t have to test for asbestos following the late September main break on Schoharie Plank Road West because the village’s entire system did not shut down for four or more hours or experience a significant loss of pressure. 

During a recent public hearing on the village’s proposed local law that would have Voorheesville opt out of both retail sales of marijuana and on-site consumption, the board of trustees heard very little in the way of agreement for its proposal. 

The four Democrats who all held leads on their four Republican or GOP-backed challengers on Nov. 2 continued to do so after Nov. 17, when the absentee ballot counts were released by the Albany County Board of Elections. 

Plug Power is seeking to construct a 350,000-square-foot office, manufacturing, and warehousing facility in the Vista Technology Park, which is located mostly in Bethlehem.

Airgas is a major producer of gases used in manufacturing, food production, and health care. The company was recently approved to build a liquid argon gas storage and distribution facility inside the 550-acre industrial park, which will entail installing ten 15,000-gallon storage tanks on the site, each at a height of 46 feet, 9 inches. 

 The New Scotland Planning Board at its November meeting began the process of subdividing the former Bender melon farm into preservable and commercially-viable parcels.

Biofilms can build up in water pipes.

Altamont Superintendent of Public Works Jeff Moller said no testing was needed because of the “biofilm” that has built up on the inside of the asbestos-cement water pipe.


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