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December 10, 2016
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Bloomingburg challenged voters undecided

Developer Shalom Lamm unveiled the new $5 million waste treatment plant built for the Village Bloomingburg on a tour on March 13. He wanted to get his message out that his company paid for it entirely and that everyone in the village would benefit. That message was overwhelmed the next day when dozens of FBI agents swarmed the village the next day, serving search warrants on buildings owned be Lamm.
TRR photo by Fritz Mayer

While he wanted to keep the focus on the new facility, which he said several times his company is proud of, he also responded to a question about the lawsuit regarding the annexation of the land for the Villages at Chestnut Ridge development, which is being marketed to the Hasidic community and is at the center of the controversy here. He said an appellate court ruled the he could continue work on the project, which had been partially halted by a lower court, and he was “very confident” of ultimately winning the court battle.

In exchange for the annexation approval in 2006, Lamm promised to build and pay for a new sewer treatment facility that would serve the entire village, including his development. He said the village was under a consent order from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to repair or replace the existing facility by July of this year, or face the possibility of large fines, which the village could not afford to pay.

Lamm said that for years the existing sewer had been releaseing effluent into the Shawangunk Kill, a trout stream, and that the effluent had not always been treated correctly. The new sewer plant, which is about to go into the testing phase, and should be on line in April, will fix that problem as well as other problems and solve the repeated issues that were being cited by the DEC.

The new facility uses newer technology than the existing one, and can also handle more waste. The existing facility was designed to handle about 70,000 gallons per day, while the total load the new one will be able to handle is 325,000 gallons.

The new facility will also get rid of the foul odors that plague the area and drift past the Black Creek offices, which are located a stone’s throw away from the facility.