September 19, 2003
County Executive Takes Steps in Securing Water System for Beekman Residents
Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus and Chairman of the Water and
Wastewater Authority Thomas LeGrand announced an agreement in principal with
the Town of Beekman and the owners of the Dalton Farms Water and Sewer
for acquisition of its water and sewer system that will benefit residents.
In making the announcement County Executive Steinhaus said, “The
infrastructure already in place at Dalton Farms is of great importance to the
Beekman area. The users are looking for a continuation of reliable water and
sewer service while maintaining tight control on costs.”
County Executive Steinhaus especially noted the work of Thomas LeGrand, Chair
of the Water and Wastewater Authority. “Tom has taken a personal interest in
this project,” he said, “and he has negotiated with the current owners on
behalf of the County Water and Wastewater Authority.”
LeGrand pointed out that acquisition of the Dalton Farms water and sewer
system is consistent with the County’s Master Plan for infrastructure.
“County Executive Steinhaus is extremely supportive and has encouraged the
Authority’s efforts to work with communities to enhance the overall water and
sewer infrastructure in the county,” said Mr. LeGrand. “This is a well
designed and maintained system and we will continue to manage the utilities
with the highest technical standards and fiscal prudence.”
The Authority began negotiations with USX Corp., the parent company of Farms
Water and Farms Sewer last year to acquire the existing water and sewer
systems to support development patterns also promoted in the Town of
Beekman’s Master Plan. It has been USX Corp.’s intention to get out of the
utility business by selling existing facilities. Should all required public
approvals go through, 462 current residential customers and 6 community
facilities at Dalton Farms will continue to benefit from the water and sewer
service and in Poughquag, 24 residences and businesses will benefit from the
existing system. In addition, plans for 63 additional residences under
construction at Dalton Farms will be connected to the Dalton Farms water and
sewer system as well as the proposed residential developments at Plum Court
and Victoria Estates.
“Completing the deal with USX, Corp. will ultimately benefit the residents of
Dalton Farms,” said Town Supervisor John Adams. “The agreement in principal
is encouraging because the County, in particular the Water and Wastewater
Authority has the experience and cooperative attitude needed to make the
long-term management successful,” added Adams.
It will take an estimated six to eight months to complete the transfer of
ownership from USX to the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority.
to top of page