Revitalization and other town-wide happenings

As the result of a grant we received from the Department of States Division of Coastal Resources and additional help from Sen. Betty Little, the town board will soon call on town residents for input to help with a hamlet and waterfront revitalization effort. What is your vision for Saranac? What practical action plan can we formulate to achieve economic development? Five members of a town board can lead with ideas, but it will take a chorus of community voices to help provide a townwide focus for a dynamic future. We plan to hold an August meeting for all interested town residents. In a related matter, our years-dormant industrial park off Trudeau Road has recently been included in the mix for yet-to-come opportunities. Initial endeavors to reinvigorate that undeveloped parcel will become more important as a second centerpiece for growth. A bona fide strategy to revive that plot will not happen overnight, but efforts are under way to invigorate that sleeping asset. Dont forget that a local farmers market has started up in the pavilion behind town hall. Mark the next eight Saturdays on your shopping calendars, from noon-4 p.m. Canoe races! July 19 sees the annual Saranac Flatwater Challenge behind Picketts Corners Park. Last year, nearly 100 entrants competed. Profits go to CVPH to help fight asthma. The Back Porch Band will play in the pavilion behind town hall from 10:30 a.m. to noon for a special senior picnic on July 23. We are under direction from the Clinton County Health Department to upgrade the Saranac Water System. The Clinton County Board of Elections has reduced the polling places for the next election from five to four sites. Dog control officer Mark Plumadore has started his door-to-door biannual dog census. New student art is on display at town hall; stop in and visit. Joe Gerardi is the supervisor of the town of Saranac. His column appears regularly in the Clinton County Free Trader Today.

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