Posted at: 08/26/2013 6:03 PM
By: John McLoughlin
BALLSTON - Eight years ago, it was a proposed Wal-Mart store that caused a big uproar in the town of Ballston, Saratoga County.
Now, the fight is over an asphalt plant earmarked for the industrial park in that town.
That fight could come to a head Tuesday night when the Ballston Town Board votes on a couple of zoning changes that would prohibit the construction of the asphalt plant in the Curtis Industrial Park, and if that happens, the company behind the asphalt deal promises to sue the town.
Opponents claim that an asphalt plant here could harm the air and the water--plus, big traffic jams.
The Dolomite Group, however, says the company already invested "hundreds of thousands" of dollars, and will not accept rejection at this late date.
The fight's been going on for about two years, and now a group of homeowners calling itself "Citizens for a Clean Environment" claim that an asphalt plant even here in an industrial park..poses a threat.
Supervisor Patti Southworth says "Dolomite,” which is a part of Callanan Industries has proven that it will be safe.
Dolomite says the opponents are mostly people who want no growth at all.
Opponents are demanding that the town board take action. but the company says changing the law, at this late date, would be illegal.