Board announces $37,000 in grant approvals

NORTH CREEK Three local projects received a significant financial boost this week thanks to grants received through Senator Betty Littles office. Supervisor Goodspeed announced the grants during the May 6 board meeting. A $12,000 grant was received for continued improvements to the Ski Bowl Park area. The park has been earmarked for several significant enhancements, including the addition of a modern playground and improvements to the tennis court and ball-field areas. The towns IT infrastructure will receive numerous upgrades including the potential purchase of a budget, payroll, and finance software package. The $12,000 grant will also allow the town to modernize some of its computer hardware, with the intent of increasing efficiency for town staff and officials. A third grant, totalling $13,000, will be applied toward an ongoing effort to install a backup generator system at the North Country Outreach Center facility on Route 28. The facility provides housing and emergency services to those in need, with the proposed system allowing their services to continue uninterrupted during local power outages. In other business, the riverfront railroad area, commonly known as the Kellog-Wadell property, continues to draw regional attention. While many have speculated on how the property could be developed for the benefit of North Creek, a concrete plan has not been put in place. This week the town received notice that a Saratoga-based design firm has been awarded a Warren County contract to provide consulting services in consideration of how to utilize the property. A series of public workshop seminars will be held this year, hosted by Elan Planning and Design, of Saratoga Springs. The first seminar will occur May 29, 7 p.m., at the Tannery Pond Community Center. The workshop will allow residents and interested parties an opportunity to share their ideas for improvements to the property, within the context of the terms of conveyance from the Open Space Institute to the county. Vandalism continues to plague the town, as news of another incident involving a damaged Ski Bowl Park building was reported. This event follows closely behind a recent rash of graffiti along the nature trail underpass area. Supervisor Goodspeed noted his continued communication with local law enforcement officials, and again stressed that the suspected age of the offenders would likely preclude a disclosure of their identity. Several audience and board members expressed their alarm regarding the situation, including what seems to be an increasing trend at a time when the town was investing significant financial resources into the park. Local and state law enforcement agencies continue to investigate the incidents. The next regular meeting of the Johnsburg Town Board will be May 20, 7 p.m., at the Johnsburg Library.

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