'NO' Bottles Protest Municipal Water System

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When you talk water in the hamlet of Brasher Falls these days, it's a hot topic.

Just ask Glen Perry, who has organized a campaign against a possible municipal water district for the community by hanging white plastic bleach containers in front of taxpayers' homes.

The containers have a black "No" written on them.

"It's kind of going viral. If you drive through town, there's bleach bottles hanging on so many mailboxes," said Perry.

The containers are hanging at nearly 100 of the 244 homes in the Brasher hamlet opposing any move towards municipal water.

Town officials were presented with a petition from Brasher and Winthrop taxpayers a few years ago asking that municipal water be considered.

A straw poll was conducted twice by town officials with some taxpayers opposed to municipal water, some in favor and a few others undecided as the issue remains under study.

Town Supervisor Jim Dawson says while there are benefits to a municipal water system, he doesn't want the controversial issue to split the community until all the facts are in.

"Until that time, please folks, shake hands with your neighbor," said Dawson.

As for Perry, the bleach bottle campaign appears to be gathering some momentum.

Well water or municipal water - any decision, including a permissive referendum, is still months away.

Monday, September 15, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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