THOMPSON – The state legislature adjourns
for the year on Wednesday, but Town of Thompson officials are hoping to
secure the approval of lawmakers before then to transfer property from
the Kiamesha Lake Sewer District to the Adelaar Sewer District.
That will ensure that Kiamesha sewer district ratepayers will not pay any of the costs related to the casino project. Those costs will be borne exclusively by that entity.
Town Supervisor William Rieber said there is an added benefit that Adelaar developers will provide $2 million to upgrade the Kiamesha Lake sewer system.
“Not only won’t they impact the taxpayers with the sewer service they are getting but they are actually helping the taxpayers because they have agreed to pick up a considerable amount of charges that quite possibly could have gone against the existing district,” he said.
Rieber said the Montreign casino developers have already begun installing water and sewer lines for the massive project.
The supervisor said he is confident the Assembly and Senate will approve the home rule request before adjournment. The measure is being sponsored in the Senate by Republican John Bonacic and in the Assembly by Democrat Aileen Gunther.