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Progress continues in the town of Plattsburgh

Another busy summer has come and gone. Much has been accomplished but there is still a great deal to do. The final checklist is being reviewed to close the Champlain Park Wastewater Treatment Plant, a project that will save $2 million in mandated upgrades. After a number of challenges, we are ready to begin testing the new waterline that will enable Moffitt Road residents to have town water. The Cadyville and Morrisonville water connection, that will provide a back up system for Cadyville residents, is also in the final stages of completion. Our highway department has finished its paving program and is working on road maintenance while preparing for winter. The town hall has undergone exterior improvements and upgrades while our buildings and grounds have also been well maintained. This summer's Parks and Recreation Programs have been second to none offering many recreational opportunities for residents of all ages. The codes and planning departments have also remained busy with ongoing activity and new projects. Historically, fall is a busy period for the clerk, tax receiver and budget offices.

We are proceeding to functionally consolidate the Town of Schuyler Falls Morrisonville Water District and have authorized a Local Government Efficiency Grant to help with that process. This intermunicipal agreement will bring a savings to Schuyler Falls residents and enable the town to expand it's customer base. We have also begun the district creation process to offer public sewer to property owners on Cumberland Head. The proposal had been considered for a number of years but now, as a result of a strong USDA Grant, this is a viable option to be considered by those property owners.

Our town's Comprehensive Land Use Planning Committee, chaired by Dr. Colin Read, has begun to hold public hearings to gather input from town residents. They have worked long and hard on the development of a new master plan that will provide a guide for our future growth and development. There is a growing interest that we work to become a safer and healthier community. This would require policies and practices to create a model community with a focus on health and wellness issues.

Bernie Bassett is the supervisor of the town of Plattsburgh. His column appears regularly in the Clinton County Free Trader Today.

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