“All of this takes time and all of this time is money,” he said.
Braymer said he heard from Queensbury officials that about 80% of the septic systems they checked were failing. Most were simple solutions, however, that did not require hiring an engineer and submitting a remediation plan.
“The proposition is that people fix their system. It is not necessarily up to them to go out and replace them, ”she said.
Dickinson said he thinks the county could have a lot of trouble trying to do so.
Braymer said the program was working in Queensbury and Bolton was drafting similar legislation.
Chester’s supervisor Craig Leggett said his town had a similar law but lacked the staff to enforce it. He would appreciate the county’s help.
Real estate agents need to be part of the process because sellers want to get rid of their property as quickly and cheaply as possible, Leggett said.
Buyers may be unaware that an inspection is required. By the time the sale is closed, it may be too late.
This law could ensure that real estate agents are made aware of the requirement for an inspection.
Leggett said many lakeside properties are on unsanitary lots, which means the owner must go to a local council for exemptions.