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.
continued Coverage in the local media during the supervisor’s campaign has made the Town Board look ineffective and nonproductive, asserted Councilwoman Nichole Meyette.
“Unfortunately, what’s being portrayed, in my opinion, is that the town of Harrietstown sits back and doesn’t do anything,” Meyette said. “I’m not going to say it’s lies and it’s false truths or anything, but the correct information isn’t there. The full information isn’t there. The board meetings happen. The work does get done. But to present themselves, or the candidate, as they’re going to come in and fix and make everything better, it’s presenting the board as being ineffective. And it’s not fair and it’s not right.”
Councilman Bevilacqua said Harrietstown and many other local governments are trying to develop incubator buildings and sites, and business parks are a “great opportunity” for business development.
“Harrietstown has been laying the groundwork, and now with the APA permit approvals just received last spring, the park is well positioned to be marketed effectively,” Bevilacqua said in his position statement on the business park. “We should not waste taxpayer monies on a speculative ‘move-in’ building plan, in the hopes that a manufacturing firm will find it attractive. Rather, we should focus on a regional outlook for business and tourism, and use the business park for locating incubator facilities which match that research.”
As far as the business plan for the business park, Deputy Supervisor Barry DeFuria said there aren’t any current plans to draft one. Once budget time and the election season is over, that’s something they could address.
“It’s going to get done,” DeFuria said. “When? I can’t tell you, because it’s going to require this board to find a group or some individuals to help us do that. Whether or not we go and hire somebody and spend some money and do it, I don’t know. There’s nothing in the budget for it to be able to go and do that.”