Ti supervisor delivers state of town' address

TICONDEROGA Ticonderoga will see a number of major improvements in 2008. Supervisor Bob Dedrick outlined local projects recently in his annual state of the town address. This coming year, 2008, looks to be a very exciting year for the town of Ticonderoga, Dedrick said. Several major projects are under way, with several more to begin. Most of these projects will be funded by grant money, and with the help of our state officials Sen. (Betty) Little and Assemblywoman (Teresa) Sayward, along with the countless number of volunteers, this town is about to propel itself into 21 century. Dedrick said the Main Street Revitalization Committee, led by Brick Howe and Cooch Dechame, is positioned to make big strides in 2008. After securing two successful grants and a partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation Center, the committee which now produces the Ti Sentinel, will be focusing on the four-point approach: organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring, Dedrick said. Several projects have been identified and will be completed this year. One such objective is to hire a Main Street director. Also, several local entrepreneurs are also investing in our Main Street which brings credibility and confidence to our mission. The supervisor also noted the work of the Ticonderoga Quality Destination Committee, led by James McKenna, director of the Essex County Visitors Bureau. This groups mission is to create a plan to make Ticonderoga a tourist destination, Dedrick said. Ticonderoga Black Point beach will get a new facility this spring with the help of the Lake George Association, under the direction of Ti resident Walt Lender. This new 900 square foot beach pavilion will accommodate a changing area and handicap-accessible rest rooms, a small storage area, and an ample covered portico for shelter, Dedrick said. A well was dug with the financial assistance of the Kiwanis Club. Infrastructure improvements are also on tap in Ti during 2008. Through the efforts of the Industrial Development Agency, with the assistance of co-directors Carol Calabrese and Jody Olcott, as well as County Planner Vic Putman, a $750,000 small cities grant for economic development was secured and 9N-74 sewer district is now a reality, Dedrick said. A second $750,000 application has been submitted for Hague Road and Park Avenue. A long awaited project on Alexandria Avenue to separate storm water from the sewer and divert the storm water directly into the LaChute River is now under construction, He continued. This project alone will accomplish two goals. It will alleviate flooding issues that have plaque the Upper Falls area and it will eliminate the treatment of storm water which will save the town a substantial amount of money. Ticonderoga has also received a grant to secure its airport. And there is private development, too. The Black Watch Memorial Library is underway with their plan for expansion, Dedrick said. The Rite Aid building will opening next month, Lowes is working on their infrastructure, Best Western Motel is in its final stages of construction and several businesses are under reconstruction. PRIDE is diligently working to secure grants for the town, he continued. Previous grants have had a significant effect on the town as a whole. The (Ticonderoga) Chamber of Commerce continues to toil endlessly to promote the town by providing and promoting many events throughout the area. Couple that with the announcement by International Paper Co. of a grant of nearly $1 million from the state Economic Development Agency to help pay for a state-of-the-art sheeter, a new promising development at the old Moses-Ludington Hospital and the recent public notification that our school district is ranked in the top 2 percent in the nation. With all that is happening in the town of Ticonderoga it is evident that there is a tremendous amount of optimism in the air, Dedrick said. The supervisor also looked forward to the 12-day celebration to honor the 250th anniversary of the Battle of the Carillon and the grand opening of the Deborah Clarke Mars Educational Center at Fort Ticonderoga this summer. A parade of re-enactors will march through the town, followed by a skirmish at the Bicentennial Park, he said. There will also be two grand reenactment of the French and Indian War on the Fort grounds. Several other events are in the planning stage. While much is planned for 2008, the supervisor said much needs to be done. The town board is working diligently to make Ticonderoga a better place to live, he said. What makes this job so rewarding is witnessing the number of department heads and employees who go beyond the call of duty. I, as supervisor, owe a tremendous amount of thanks to my staff and the staff at the Community Building who work tirelessly for the people of Ti. But what makes this job so satisfying is to be part of a supreme effort that has attracted so many volunteers from throughout this community who are sacrificing time, money and labor to move this town forward, yet always keeping in mind all those quality of life issues that makes this town so special, he said.

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