Crown Point lands grant money

CROWN POINT - Every dollar counts during tough economic times, so the Crown Point town board is applying for virtually every grant it can find.

Supervisor Bethany Kosmider pointed out the community will benefit from several awards in the near future.

"A grant written in 2009 by Dodson & Associates for a new retaining wall at Monitor Bay has been awarded and plans are in the making to purchase the materials and start the work," she said.

"Another small grant was received from NYSERDA through an energy audit and nearly $6,000 was earmarked for the town hall for energy lighting and insulation," Kosmider said. "A recent survey request by MEGA Gas and NYSERDA has put Crown Point on the list for a consolidated grant for solar power for all the town buildings."

In seeking grant funding Kosmider has learned the town could benefit from a comprehensive plan.

"With a comprehensive plan, Crown Point's chance of growth is maximized and grant dollars may be, too," she said.

A comprehensive plan is a land use document that provides the framework for policy decisions. Plans typically address land use, transportation, housing, capital facilities, utilities, shorelines and more. Chapters addressing economic development and parks and recreation also are required, if state funding is provided.

"It was recently brought to my attention that towns that have no future plans are overlooked by developers and potential businesses," Kosmider said.

"Many people have expressed the desire for a large grocery store, senior housing and a national clothing store," she said. "After talking with a local town planner, I was informed unless Crown Point has a comprehensive plan, we can expect no change.

"Crown Point's uniqueness as a rural community is appealing and yet we have needs that have been unaddressed," the supervisor continued. "Where do we find the 'happy medium?' We do need to have more to offer our senior population and our youth. We need a tax base to help keep the taxes low and off the backs of the taxpayers. Jobs will sustain the people and that is an area we suffer in."

Kosmider noted many area towns have comprehensive plans.

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