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LOWVILLE — The Lowville village Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution stating that a sewer hookup for the proposed county office building will not be granted until their concerns are addressed.

The village wrote to the Board of Legislators Aug. 21 asking for sewer and traffic studies to be conducted on Stowe Street. The scan of the sewer line was conducted Oct. 1. “I just got the video this morning,” said Mark D. Tabolt, village superintendent of public works, adding he wants to meet with Bernier & Carr, the project engineering firm.

Village attorney Mark G. Gebo addressed the results of the traffic study, delivered last week. “What you have is a traffic count,” he said, “not a traffic study,” explaining the results give current statistics, not projected increases and impacts requested.

A Sept. 6 letter to legislators addressed 13 areas of concern. Trustees are particularly critical of the village’s lack of inclusion in the State Environmental Quality Review Act assessment.

“I was appalled when Jerry King said thanks for keeping the village informed,” said Trustee Danny L. Salmon, referring to Legislator Jerry H. King, R-West Leyden, who at the previous night’s legislators’ meeting thanked representatives from Bernier & Carr after they explained results of the SEQRA. “We haven’t even seen the SEQRA,” Mr. Salmon said.

The first written response from the legislators was delivered prior to Wednesday’s village meeting by legislative Chairman Michael A. Tabolt, R-Croghan.

“Why did Mike Tabolt show up here five minutes before the meeting with this information and now he’s gone?” Mayor Donna M. Smith asked.

Legislator Tabolt’s letter stated that impacts to the environment would be little, if any, from the project.

Legislators will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday to discuss authorizing construction and approving contracts.

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