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Harrietstown candidates debate business park future

Town Board defends work

The town of Harrietstown Business Park, located in Lake Clear near the Adirondack Regional Airport, opened in 1997 and has two tenants. The future of the park has been an issue in this fall’s race for town supervisor.

The town of Harrietstown Business Park, located in Lake Clear near the Adirondack Regional Airport, opened in 1997 and has two tenants. The future of the park has been an issue in this fall’s race for town supervisor. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Even though the town has seven shovel-ready sites, each tenant has to file its own application with the APA.

“I’m not sure the Harrietstown Town Board wants to be in the real estate business,“ Keough said. “So if you’re not going to be in the real estate business, and you’re going to have a strategy put forth to develop the park, and you’re going to market the park, you need to have a mechanism in place that manages the sale of that property, each piece that goes.”

Board members haven’t had the time to sit down and address these business park issues because they’ve been busy with other town business, Keough said.

When are they going to do address those issues?

“There are only four human beings at this table,” Keough responded. “We don’t have a village manager. The town operates with the staff, and each of the board members are assigned to committees ... Realistically, what can you do? And if Tom Catillaz thinks he’s going to waltz in here, and in four or five hours a week, sprinkle around with holy water, and make it all blessed and good, multiply the fishes and loaves, he hasn’t a clue what he’s thinking about, none, and he’s deceiving the taxpayers of the town of Harrietstown in my view.”

In his campaign rhetoric, Catillaz’s use of the words “we can do better” in regard to the business park, the budget, the airport and other town business has certainly got the board’s attention. So has remarks released as part of his plan for the town business park.

“We must first make an unbiased and blunt evaluation of the park as it is and then make business decisions based upon the facts because that is how business decisions should be made and not upon wishes,” Catillaz said, adding that an honest assessment will say that “the park is probably not it the best location as it is 10 miles away from village services and does not have available water and sewer service.”

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