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Town seeks streetscape grant, new crosswalk eyed at crash site

WARRENSBURG - A new crosswalk is now in the works for a perilous intersection in the town of Warrensburg.

The state Department of Transportation has recently approved developing a crosswalk at the intersection of River Street and Richards Avenue, where several vehicle crashes have occurred, including one last year in which a truck rammed through the front entranceway of a home housing two apartments.

The crosswalk is expected to be developed in spring on the west side of the intersection, Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty told town board members at their March 9 meeting.

For some time, town officials had suggested that a crosswalk be established at the site, in an effort to protect the safety of pedestrians, particularly the dozens of children who routinely walk to school down River Street.

Among other actions at the monthly board meeting, Geraghty was authorized by the board to sign a grant application for up to $40,000 to develop a streetscape enhancement plan. The funds are available through the Department of Environmental Conservation"s Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Program.

A proclamation was read in honor of Mary McKenna Murphy, congratulating her on turning 100 years old on March 17.

The Town Board approved advertising for bids to sell two surplus parcels of water district land it owns. One of the wooded plots is 364 acres, and the other is 214 acres. The plots surround the former town reservoir which is no longer used for drinking water. Most of the property is located up Alden Avenue and Harrington Hill Road.

Board members decided that in putting the two parcels up for sale, they will reserve the right to reject any or all bids. Information will be available soon from the town clerk's office.

In addition, several appointments were made by the board.

Alice Farrell of King Street was appointed to the town planning board to fill the unexpired term of Joyce Harvey.

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