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Ticonderoga trustees kill proposed zoning plan

Opponents, supporters criticize town board

After four years of work, debate and revision, an updated Ticonderoga zoning proposal has been scraped. Faced with withering criticism, the town board voted unanimously to kill the plan — at least for now — at its April meeting.

After four years of work, debate and revision, an updated Ticonderoga zoning proposal has been scraped. Faced with withering criticism, the town board voted unanimously to kill the plan — at least for now — at its April meeting.

— “PRIDE has brought millions into this town in the form of grants,” Major continued. “The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership brings business to this town and cleans up the downtown. The local artists volunteer their time to bring color to our lives. TRA (Ti Alliance) offers mentoring programs, education programs, ties to the college and curriculum changes. Other groups voluntarily donate their time and money. All without any expressed goals, cooperation or direction from our elected officials.”

Major said the town board is holding Ticonderoga back.

“Two years or so ago, the town board formed a citizen committee of volunteers to make recommendations on how to handle the crumbling building that houses our police department,” he said. “The building is unsafe and has the high probability of collapse with our employees inside, weapons and criminals inside, and the possibly of all being crushed. Well, the committee made recommendations and the town board ignored them, also. But the real sin is that they simply forgot about the problem. They are sending their employees into an unsafe building every day to work without a thought of the risk.

“My speculation is that collecting their pay, and getting re-elected, is the only goal that they have developed,” Major said. “Well at least, at this, they have been successful. So far. What a pity.”

Malaney said the zoning issue will have to be addressed at some point in the future.

“We’ll have to revisit it,” the supervisor said, “but not until people have a better understanding of zoning and more opportunity to have input on the future direction of Ticonderoga.

“The future of zoning is yet to be determined,” she said.

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