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Champlain town gets new website

— The Town of Champlain is a rather elusive entity in cyberspace, with search links directing the curious to the Champlain Village website or off to phone directories. A new web address for the northeast Clinton township should make them a little easier to find in internet journeys.

Now at www.townofchamplain-ny.com, the town site opens on a short description of Champlain and offers pages with minutes for the town and zoning boards, though those pages are still catching up.

There's also a local business page with lists of shopping, dining and government agencies in the town, including some with links out to business websites.

With changes to New York's Open Meeting Law requiring public meeting holders to make board documents available, the website can be a good solution for Champlain, said Town Supervisor Larry Barcomb.

The site also hosts a local calendar of events. If anybody would like to see a local organization's event posted there, call Champlain Town Hall at 518-298-8160.

Call in RR problems to Champlain super

CHAMPLAIN — The Hayford Road railroad crossing has had a number of complaints, said Champlain Town Supervisor Larry Barcomb at the Feb. 14 meeting.

The operating company of that railroad, Canadian-Pacific, wanted to close the roadway when they built a second set of tracks there for train staging. After concerns were voiced that emergency responses, mail routes and school bus circuits would be disrupted, the public road was left open.

The doubled-up tracks can sometimes cause problems for traffic trying to get over the railroad crossing — about 300 cars daily, according to traffic counters — as the staging area sees a lot of slow- or non-moving rail traffic. The trains are required to separate cars blocking the roadway if they sit for more than 10 minutes. If they don't, Barcomb said to direct complaints to him so he can log them for the railroad company and the state Department of Transportation. Make sure to log the grievance on the same day, said Barcomb.

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