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Pet Care Company Opts Out Of Ashville Plant Purchase; Cites Water Supply Issues

June 28, 2013

ASHVILLE — Despite cooperation across the board locally, German-based company saturn petcare inc will likely not be coming to Ashville due to an infrastructure proble....

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Jun-29-13 7:05 AM

Agree with most of you that ida should look to fund the water or....Why wouldn't the BPU step in here and offer them a deal as a long term, high volume customer. Not to mention the number of potential new customers along that stretch that could tie in and become customers. Did everyone in this county get their business degree online?

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Jun-28-13 11:43 PM

The IDA is the reason Falconer Glass's addition brought on several water issues within the neighborhood, flooding, drainage, etc. and NOTHING was ever done to fix it. Property values, down the drain, and nobody, not the county nor the town, has done anything to help these residents now. Millions of dollars in "the fix" so its left broken.

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Jun-28-13 8:25 PM

Askwhy the 200k gallons of water would have been mostly used as part of the ingredients, would not of been that much waste water, would think the meat plant ( fairbanks ) would of used more

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Jun-28-13 4:37 PM

Industrial DEVELOPMENT Agency. Just don't expect us to develop any asset in the county to make business more attractive.

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Jun-28-13 3:12 PM

Didn't the last business there use lots of water? I am mor concerned about what th would do with 200K gallons of used water on the down stream side. Sewers are the real problem in this area. Just look at the lake for proof of that.

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Jun-28-13 11:56 AM

I agree with most of the comments here. If adequate water supply was of such vital importance to the business, you would think this would be one of the first things the company would have checked when looking at the location. Someone really s c r e w e d the pooch here (no pun intended).

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Jun-28-13 11:34 AM

200,000 gal's of water a day is needed and its addressed in the 11th hour? Somethings not right here.

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Jun-28-13 10:49 AM

don't worry.. I have plenty of extra dog food out back

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Jun-28-13 9:36 AM

For years, the IDA has been less than transparent. The many comments of those who follow the IDA solidify the real problem!

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Jun-28-13 8:27 AM

Since it's unkiley that IDA will respond to these questions here maybe the PJ can do a followup or send a reporter to the next IDA meeting to ask how this got so much public exposure and why the professionals did not raised the simple questions that have been posed here.

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Jun-28-13 8:00 AM

We are losing over $3 million a yr keeping the County Home run by the tax payer; but we can't spend money on a water system that would provide 100 jobs and grow the economy in the County. Something isn't right here. Only in NY State.

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Jun-28-13 7:58 AM

At the first meeting: 1." What are your real property needs? 2. What are your infrastructure needs? Oh, water 200K gallons/day. Ok lets make sure we can get them that water. For the anticipated 100 jobs within a year, we work with BPU, and offer whatever we can to get them water, we say once we set this up: We can get you the 200K gallons per day. The explanation doesn't pass the smell test.

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Jun-28-13 7:48 AM

Another missed chance to help the economy of this area. Only a fool would let this deal fall through. We should be begging them to come and doing whatever we can to make this work, not letting this go. Germany has one of the strongest economies in the world, the IDA are fools. I'm sure we would have taxed the **** out of them as well.

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Jun-28-13 7:41 AM

Sounds like BS.It would not be very hard to get 200,000 gallons per day from just well in that location.Water is Chaut. Co. biggest asset and that's the deal breaker??

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Jun-28-13 7:36 AM

I have to agree with most everyone here. One of the first things you check when buying a house is sewer and water. Impossible to buy this story from the IDA.

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Jun-28-13 7:27 AM

I have to agree with Charles. Something does not "smell" right here. No major company, knowing water was so important to their business, would wait until the 11th hour to verify everything. Why do I get the feeling the IDA and Mr Daley botched this deal? Maybe I am wrong.

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Jun-28-13 7:16 AM

Agree with Charelsk...why wasn't this brought up during prior discussions with the company. Perhaps the IDA should be paying more attention to the details and less to the PR hype. IDA comments seem to be reactive where they should have been playing a more proactive role in this.If known earlier this probably coud have been negotiated out and perhaps given some financial incentive to correct the water problem. This should be a reminder not to put the cart ahead of the horse and that a deal isn't finall until the ink is dry.

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Jun-28-13 6:50 AM

Could of drilled them one heck of a good well for under 20 grand, hard to believe the IDA is that stupid

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Jun-28-13 6:35 AM

Totally unbelievable that utility needs were left as a "last minute" item. The IDA should have asked that question right away. Very poor work on the part of the IDA.

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Jun-28-13 5:56 AM

It would seem that if we have an abundance of anything here, it would be water.

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Jun-28-13 5:55 AM

give them unlimited polluted lake water, one way to get rid o it.

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Jun-28-13 5:49 AM

Wouldn't an investment in bringing water to them pay us back in the form of employment, taxes (income, sales, property), as well as water sales by the BPU to them? Municipalities normally set up infrastructure and it is paid off over a period of years by the end user.

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