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North Creek poised for streetscape upgrade

Main Street, North Creek

Main Street, North Creek Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The streetscape along the central business district of North Creek will undergo some upgrades and aesthetic improvements in

coming months, funded by grant money, according to Town Supervisor Ron Vanselow.

The project is the result of residents raising concerns about the current condition of sidewalks along Main Street, Vanselow said. In response, the town sought and was awarded a state grant that will be administered through Warren County.

“Our highway superintendent (Dan Hitchcock) helped us get it,” Vanselow said “It’s specifically for Main Street” and will be used for improvements that may include new sidewalks, improved handicap accessibility, benches, streetlamps and a gazebo.

“It’s in the initial phases right now so the plan is still developing,” Vanselow said.

All told, the town will have about $300,000 to work with, half coming from the state and half from the town. Vanselow stressed that some or all of the town’s contribution may be in the form of “in kind” services such as labor, materials and equipment.

“It’s a matching grant,” Vanselow said, which means the town’s matching contribution doesn’t have to be money.

“We can leverage our part with labor and other resources,” he added.

A committee consisting of Mike Bowers, Laurie Arnheiter, Tom Suozzo and Joel Beaudin will work with town officials and Wayne La Mothe of Warren County to come up with a plan and help bring it to fruition. A timetable for starting and completing the project is still being considered.

“We need to look at a lot of different things,” he said. “Handicapped accessibility, water turn-ons, other things, we need to look at all that.”

The area to be improved runs along Main Street roughly from the train station to the intersection of Main Street and state Route 28N, just north of Town Hall. Vanselow said input and suggestions from all residents are welcome and encouraged, not only for this project, but also for similar efforts he’d like to see in other parts of the town.

“We’re always looking for similar opportunities in other parts of town,” Vanselow said. He urged residents to come forward with ideas for other parts of Johnsburg.

The town is open to the idea of seeking grants to enhance all areas of the town, Vanselow said. “It’s not just North Creek.”

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