Main Street group plans meeting; establishes primary projects

TICONDEROGA The Ticonderoga Main Street Partnership (TMSP) is officially an incorporated organization.

According to TMSP chair Brick Howe, there are several efforts under way regarding TMSPs organizational status.

In order to complete the grant process for the $100,000 we received from the Department of State, we have to enter into a contract with New York State, a process that we are close to completing, Howe said. We are also applying for 501(c) (3) status, which means that we will be free of federal income taxes and that contributions to TMSP will be deductible for federal income tax purposes.

The incorporation was announced at the groups August meeting, which also included committee reports of ongoing progress.

Design committee chair Sue Rathbun informed the group that her committee had established a list of four primary projects. First, they will address the three gateway entrances to the historic Main Street corridor; from Fort Ticonderoga, the four corners and from Hague. Second, the group will begin to focus on wayfaring to ensure that visitors are able to easily locate municipal and recreational resources and parking. Third, the committee will work on beautification at the town line from Crown Point, Chilson and at the Fort Ticonderoga ferry landing. The fourth priority will be to make recommendations for signage standards and policies.

The TMSP extended gratitude to Sylvia Boyce, outgoing chair of the promotion committee, and welcomed Kristi Mars, who volunteered to take over the position.

The promotion committee, among other things, is responsible for developing special events that drive downtown activity. Mars, who is the program director for Connecting Youth and Communities, is thrilled to take on this new role.

It is an honor to be working with such a creative group of individuals, said Mars. Through my affiliation with CYC, I will help to facilitate youth involvement in events and other TMSP objectives. I look forward to playing a vital part in the Main Street revitalization process.

The TMSP encourages residents to look for the next issue of the Ticonderoga Sentinel, which serves as the newsletter for TMSP, and is expected to be in distribution next week.

As always, all interested people are invited to attend the next TMSP meeting, which will be held at the Ticonderoga supervisors office from 4:30-6 p.m. on Sept. 18.

Further information about the Ticonderoga Main Street Partnership may be obtained from its website at www.ticonderogamainstreet.com , or from Howe at 585-2746/7762 or eahowe@rosevilleco.com .

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