Warrensburg revitalization projects eyed

— The town code enforcement officer and its bookkeeper are collaborating in seeking grant money to upgrade the town‘s streetscape, add amenities at the town’s recreation field and the boat launch at Echo Lake, as well as improve the appearance and safety of River St.

In a report submitted to the town board Feb. 12, Code Enforcement Officer Christopher Belden said that he and bookkeeper Patti Monahan -- who also serves as town grants administrator -- are seeking state funds to bankroll a variety of projects to revitalize Warrensburg.

Belden said that he and Monahan are seeking a streetscape and parks grant through the Creating Healthy Places to Live Work and Play program. The project, if funded, would call for erecting an informational kiosk at the Warrensburg town hall and installing benches, garbage cans and pet waste stations along Main St.

Plans call for installing handicap-accessible picnic tables drinking fountain and benches at the town recreation field off Library Avenue. Proposed improvements at Veterans’ Park include installation of benches and a handicap-accessible picnic table. At the Echo Lake Boat Launch off Lake Avenue, upgrades would include kiosks, a bench, a trash can and landscaping.

Belden and Monahan also requested grant money to install directional signs on the town’s main roads and place historical markers at various sites around town.

The two are also planning to determine ways of improving biking safety, particularly on state Rte. 418, Golf Course Road and Schroon River Road.

Belden also noted he and Monahan are seeking a grant through the Adirondack - Glens Falls Transportation Council fopr several proposed projects -- one is to design a streetscape plan to improve safety and the aesthetics along River St., and for an evaluation of the Osborne Bridge with an aim of improving safety for pedestrians.

Belden also said he plans on working with the transportation council on developing a hamlet-wide parking plan, as a first step in providing more parking -- a concern of area business owners.

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