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Geraghty delivers State of the Town address

WARRENSBURG Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty gave his State of the Town address at the 2008 organizational meeting. He said the town remains focused on the goals set in 2006, and pointed out the new bookkeeping system that is now in use. Our interest earned for 2007 was $77,723.67, more than double what we earned in 2006 and more than four times what was recorded in 2005, Geraghty said. Although we have had to raise taxes, we have tried to keep it at a minimum. At the beginning of 2007 a gallon of fuel oil cost the Town $2.16 per gallon. Now that cost is $3.19 per gallon. Cost of a gallon of gas was $1.99 per county contract price, now it is $2.51 per gallon. As you know, the cost of the National Grid bill has gone up also. Most of our costs for doing business have increased. All our employees now have computers which will improve our efficiency and we have expanded information technology to include a server and a website. Soon we hope to have all the information residents need on the website. That website will be townofwarrensburg.net. We continue to develop the parks along the Schroon River and have received two-thirds of the grant money from the state, Geraghty said. The parks will be completed in 2008. We received a Small Cities Grant of $25, 000 to study the town sewer system. We still need to do a survey of a projected use area and that project will be finished. Recommendations have been made to the town and we are now seeking funds from grant sources to move the project to the next stage. We have just recently received $20,000 to make the museum handicapped assessable. Work continues on that today. Geraghty reported that the sidewalk to the junior/senior high school was completed with funds from a member item from Senator Betty Littles office and the town was able to pave the parking lot at the health center with another member item. We are now in the process of looking for grant funds to install flashing lights in our two school zones, he said. Our bookkeeper is now full time and is seeking grants to continue more projects. A crosswalk was completed in front of the Catholic Church, Geraghty reported. Another major undertaking going on is the upgrade of the Master Plan, he said. We have applied for two grants to defray the cost of the project and hope to hear in the near future if we are successful. Any help from the public will be greatly appreciated. The town highway department saw improvements to the garage while dealing with the retirement of Gary Ross and the tragic death of Richard Hayes. A new roof was put on the building after years of leaks, the boiler was replaced this year and the town is working at replacing the lighting in the building, according to Geraghty. Two new tandem trucks were purchased and we are looking at a major investment in replacing the sweeper which is over 20 years old, he said. We are still looking for funds to replace the building but have not been successful to date. Ed Pennock is the newly elected Highway Superintendent and is doing an excellent job with five new employees on the job. In the water /sewer/recreation departments, Geraghty said the town upgraded the Swan Street well and put it back online after being idle for several years. Over 1,000 feet of new water line has been installed this year and the town continues to replace broken sidewalks and will apply for more funds to make more sidewalk improvements. Work will continue on the museum this winter and improvements were made to the landfill, he said. We may participate in a grant program that focuses on more recycling at the landfill. We continue to maintain the old cemeteries around town, and we have made improvements to Floyd Bennett Park adding state and town flags. Geraghty said the town has added new street lights in areas where needed and installed lights on James Street and Grandview Lane and improved lighting at the intersection of Routes 9 and 28. We aggressively report lights that are not working and continue to ask the public to call us with any problems, he said. He pointed out that at least five new businesses have located in town this year, most notably Vieles Automotive and Braley and Noxon Hardware Store on Main Street. It has been an interesting year for development in town with two new housing developments, being Clute Enterprises and Snow Shoe Ridge, he said. We have a condominium project scheduled to be built along the Schroon River if the project can receive the proper permits. As you can see we have made many positive changes in the past two years. I hope to hold the line on spending for the upcoming year and believe we have made wise investments. Our biggest project that we will undertake in 2008 is the selective cutting of over 600 acres of watershed property. This should allow us to implement water meters with minimal additional cost to the users. It will allow us to continue to look for more sources for our water supply. If we are successful with securing grant funds for the sewer district, we will look into expansion of the existing plant, probably in 2009. Another project to be completed in 2008 is a revaluation of the town. Our biggest asset we have in town is our employees.

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