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Warrensburg’s leaders launch effort to boost local quality of life

Following a Warrensburg town board meeting Monday Jan. 30, council members discuss what they’d like to see the government accomplish in 2012. (Left to right): Bryan Rounds, town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, Linda Marcella and Joyce Reed.

Following a Warrensburg town board meeting Monday Jan. 30, council members discuss what they’d like to see the government accomplish in 2012. (Left to right): Bryan Rounds, town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, Linda Marcella and Joyce Reed. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Looking toward brightening the town’s future, Warrensburg’s municipal leaders said they will be pursuing efforts to upgrade the town’s infrastructure, jumpstart commerce, develop jobs and enhance the local quality of life.

At a special meeting held Monday Jan. 30, the town board members identified their goals for Warrensburg during 2012.

Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said his top priority was to boost local commerce downtown by filling vacant storefronts — at least two during the upcoming year. He said that the town’s Economic Development committee, now being formed, would be charged with the responsibility of making it happen.

Most of the other goals he identified for 2012 were related to town improving town infrastructure or making it more efficient: establishing a new water well for the town, increasing the capacity of the town sewer plant by 100,000 gallons per day, continuing to replace at least 1,500 feet of sidewalk per year, finishing the installation of water meters to all homes, and converting town facilities to solar power.

He also talked about continuing to seek funding sources for restoring the historic Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand, taking steps to sell off surplus town properties, and boosting efficiency of the water district and raising water charges as necessary to make the district self-sustaining. He also suggested finishing mapping the water district infrastructure, as well as continuing to boost water quality, particularly meeting the state standards for maximum iron, lead and copper content.

He also said he was aiming to work with the state Environmental Facilities Corp. to have Warrensburg designated as a “Green Community,” enabling the town to receive grant funds and to engage in pilot projects. Specifics of such a designation might include promoting the use of rain barrels around town to manage stormwater — reusing it to conserve water and lower the load on sewers.

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