Town Talk 2-19-11

Town Board members Dean Ackley and Austin Markey suggested marketing the area as an ideal site for hydropower development and accompanying economic expansion.

While some suggested seeking a $40,000 grant to study potential streetscape upgrades, town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty observed that the state was slow in reimbursing grants, and he was wary of burdening taxpayers with advance payments for studies, particularly if grant promises were revoked. As an example, he noted that the state grant for the brownfield cleanup at the former Car Wash site mid-town, a project underway for years, had still not been received.

Councilman Markey expressed concerns about vacant structures in town, particularly at the hamlet's southern entrance. He and other board members noted that Warren County Economic Development Corp. has offered to promote the commercial properties on their website to potential investors.

Although there are 14 vacant buildings in the Warrensburg hamlet, Geraghty noted that at least five businesses have concrete plans to move into some of the structures.

A discussion was held on obtaining a new loader for the Highway Department with a lease-purchase arrangement. The town board members also said they would be advertising for bids for purchasing a single-axle dump truck complete with a plow and sander.

Citizens WCS budget group to meet in Thurman

The Warrensburg Central School Citizens Budget Advisory Committee will holding its second and third meetings ever outside the school to prompt public involvement in planning the school's finances for the 2011-12 school year.

The public is invited to both meetings. The first is set for 7 p.m. Thursday Feb. 24 at the Thurman Town Hall in Athol. The second is to be held Monday Feb. 28 at the Warrensburg Town Hall.

Committee members said they welcome input and direction on the budget before it goes to public vote this Spring. The focus of these meetings will be the expenses related to instruction - including teachers' salaries and benefits - which represents about 75 percent of the budget.

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