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News Release    

October 28, 2004      


County Executive Honors Water and Wastewater Authority for Water and Sewer in Beekman

Beekman… County Executive William R. Steinhaus was joined by Chairman of the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority, Thomas LeGrand to celebrate the closing on the Authority’s acquisition of the Dalton Farm Water and Sewer System and the Water System in the Hamlet of Poughquag.

“I am pleased to acknowledge the persistence and excellent work of the County’s Water and Wastewater Authority under the leadership of Chairman Thomas LeGrand.  This acquisition was favored by the residents and the Town of Beekman because it puts the existing water and sewer infrastructure in the hands of this not for profit public entity that offers cost advantages to the users,” said County Executive Steinhaus.  “The customers will now have a continuation of reliable water and sewer service with the assurance that the systems will be carefully managed in the public interest.”

The Dalton Farm Water and Sewer Systems serve 531 properties within the Dalton Farm subdivision in the Town of Beekman.  The Water System also provides water, under a purchase agreement with the Town of Beekman, to twenty-four properties within the Town’s Poughquag Hamlet Water Improvement Area.  The Beekman Town Board previously resolved to transfer the Hamlet water distribution system to the County Authority at no cost.  The facilities will also provide water and sewer service to the proposed residential developments at Plum Court and Victoria Estates, for a projected additional sixty-five new residential customers.

Chairman LeGrand added, “The Authority is pleased to be recognized by County Executive Steinhaus for this collaborative effort between the County and Town of Beekman.  This is truly a win win situation for all involved.  There were a lot of parties at the table when this idea was hatched and I am pleased that all parties were able to foster a cooperative solution that will benefit so many residents of Beekman.”  I especially want to thank the Town and the County Executive for their support in this effort.”

The Authority reached agreement late last year with USX, the parent company of Farms Water and Farms Sewer, to purchase the water and sewer systems at Dalton Farm for a total of $3.85 million for both facilities.

John Adams, Supervisor of the Town of Beekman stated, “The Authority has previously assisted the Town’s Chelsea Cove Sewer District and we are pleased to have the Authority assist us in finding a cost effective solution to maintain these water and wastewater services which are so critical to our residents.  It has been a pleasure working with them as well as with County Executive Steinhaus who championed the acquisition.”

The Authority currently owns six other water systems and two other sewer systems.  In total, with the addition of these two systems, the County Authority provides services to about 3,800 customers in the Towns of Beekman, Dover, Pleasant Valley, Hyde Park, Rhinebeck and Red Hook.



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