New-’faced’ radar detectors part of Healthy Places grants

Essex County Board of Supervisors

Essex County Board of Supervisors Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— A new style of radar detector will be used as part of the most recent round of Creating Healthy Places grant funding.

Essex County Department of Public Health Director Linda Beers told members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors March 4 that the town of Wilmington would be receiveing a detector as part of $26,000 in funding through the Creating Healthy Places Grant Program.

While detectors have been installed in several towns in the county, Beers said that the new one would not display speeds.

“It will show a happy or sad face,” Beers said. “Kids are speeding past the detectors to see how fast they are going, so now they are changing it up to a happy or sad face.”

Beers said funding would also go to Sheri Amsel for artwork to accompany trails and parks created through the program; two panel signs for use by PRIDE of Ticonderoga; a GPS/GPI tablet and software; and the creation of a school nutritional kit.

Beers said that the resolutions were presented together and did not go through their usual committee because the department had a limited timetable to spend the funds.

“Some of the money came at the end of January, and we have until March 15 to spend it, so that is why there is an urgency to get these to you,” she said.

Newcomb Supervisor George Canon expressed concern over the process.

“Here is $26,000 that we are rushing to find some place to spend,” Canon said. “With all the problems that this state and the nation have, we are rushing to spend this money before they take it back.”

Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava wanted to know if his town could get involved in the next round of grants.

“I have been trying to get one of those speed signs by Moriah Central School for years,” he said.

“Many boards have been very active with this and have contacted the department to see what we can do to help them,” Beers said. “It's about creating healthy places for people to live and work.”

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