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Moriah looks ahead

PORT HENRY - Moriah's future should not be left to chance.

That's the view of Tim Garrison, a town board member who is forming the Moriah Community and Economic Development Group.

"When we are at town board meetings we get caught up in the day-to-day operations of the town," Garrison explained. "We're almost always thinking short-term. We need to start thinking about Moriah 5-6 years from now. We need a plan to get us where we want to be."

Garrison is now looking for people to join him in the Moriah Community and Economic Development Group.

"We want every walk of life," he said. "We want 85-year-old retirees and 16-year-old students and everyone in between. We all have a stake in the town's future."

All ideas are welcome, he stressed.

"The main purpose of this group is to gather information and ideas with the purpose of improving and developing our community and our economic situation for the present and future," Garrison said. "The top areas we need to focus on for the community are quality of life, sense of community spirit and unity. The top economic areas we need to focus on are increasing revenues for local businesses and development such as tourism, lake front usage and activities, lodging and main street.

"We are looking for community minded people, business owners and anyone else who would like to participate in the future of the town of Moriah," he said.

Interested people can call the Moriah town hall at 546-8361 or Garrison at 546-7939.

"I think there are people with good ideas in our community," Garrison said. "Some of them may be very simple things that have been overlooked. Sometimes we over-think some of these issues."

Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava praised Garrison's idea.

"I think it's great," Scozzafava said. "We do need to keep an eye on our future. Tim's very enthusiastic and has some good ideas. I commend him for this effort."

Garrison said Moriah can be a tourist destination.

"People travel from miles away to visit the Adirondacks; we have what they are looking for - mountains, water, beautiful scenery," he said. "We need to capitalize on that.

"We need to attract tourism money so that visitors to the Adirondacks foot the bill, not local taxpayers," he said.

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