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Town Talk 9-18-10

Sewer expansion, Farmers' Market

parking discussed by town leaders

WARRENSBURG - The town board has set a public hearing for Oct. 13 to hear comments on the map and plan for an extension of the town sewer district on Library Avenue and Library Avenue Extension, Thomson Street, Third Avenue, Fourth Avenue and Raymond Lane.

A public meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at when Town Clerk Donna Combs will present the Tentative Budget for 2011.

More parking sought for Farmers' Market

The Warrensburg Farmers Market held in summer and fall has become more and more popular, and it has prompted parking congestion.

Town leaders have been concerned about the safety of motorists pulling to the side of Rte. 418 near the market to park. Also, an existing crosswalk is seldom used or observed, as patrons tend to cross anywhere near where their vehicle is parked. This practice, due to the Farmers' Market parking lot being quite small, has prompted market and town officials to seek solutions - either establishing a crosswalk, or adding parking facilities.

While town officials had considered moving the market to a different location, Farmers' Market officials objected on the basis that the scenic riverside location was a key factor in its popularity.

The town board unanimously agreed at their meeting Sept. 8 to keep the Farmers Market at this location for a variety of reasons, including the ambiance.

The Town Board is now looking at extending the parking area to the adjacent property.

Dog licensing to become local concern

Warrensburg Town Clerk Donna Combs discussed the state government's complete shift of dog licensing responsibilities from the state Department of Agriculture and Markets to the local town governments. These functions include all record-keeping, plus issuing and tracking license renewals. Towns currently issuing dog licenses will fully assume these functions by Local Law by January, with the Towns receiving most all the revenue associated with this function. This column will continue to monitor and observe what decisions are made in the next few months as to costs and procedures are associated with licensing dogs.

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