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Town's prospects are bright, leader says

WARRENSBURG - Despite the tough prevailing times, the town government's leader offered an upbeat vision of Warrensburg's future as he pledged to contain taxes during a State of the Town speech he delivered Jan. 4.

"We have just finished one of the most challenging times for local government - The economy is in a recession, the State is near bankruptcy and Warren County has cash flow problems," he said, noting that the town board was able to drop the town tax rate by 17 cents per thousand. "Our number one priority for 2010 is to stay within budget while continuing to move the Town forward."

Geraghty said that 2009 was a year of considerable progress, with new attractions opening locally, headlined by the resurrection of Hickory Hill Ski Center and the Warrensburg Historical Museum.

He said the town board would be working to help businesses relocate and succeed in Warrensburg.

"We will continue to evaluate economic development opportunities for the community," he said, noting the board is seeking to expand the hamlet as far north as the Rte. 8-Rte. 9 intersection to accommodate development.

"The Warrensburgh Museum of Local History reopened this summer and will serve generations to come," he said. "Attendance will continue to grow once people find out what a treasure we have in the Museum and the efforts of the Historical Society and its members - Thanks go to all those dedicated people."

Other positive developments in 2009, he said, included installing flashing speed limit signs on Library Ave. and completing sidewalks along Elm St. He noted the town was awarded $38,919.20 in grant money to replace sidewalks around the local elementary school, and engineering was completed for the Woolen Mill Bridge on Milton Ave., which is scheduled to be replaced this year.

Geraghty said that work has progressed on the town's Master Plan, which is intended to enhance quality of life for residents. A $60,000 state grant was received to help move this project along, and additional input from the public will be appreciated, he said.

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