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Economic Development Committee | Town Talk

High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care has been awarded the second Annual Have a Heart Scholarship from the local Saratoga, Warren, Washington Interagency Council.

High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care was awarded $100 to purchase 100 copies of the ‘Five Wishes’ pamphlet to distribute and fill out with members of the community so that they have a Health Care Proxy and Living Will in place. The pamphlet also contains information about why this is beneficial and necessary. Five Wishes are important because it is a way to communicate with your doctor, notifying them;

•Who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make them.

•The kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want.

•How comfortable you want to be.

•How you want people to treat you.

•What you want your loved ones to know.

Five Wishes is changing the way America talks about and plans for care at the end of life. More than 18 million copies of Five Wishes are in circulation across the nation, distributed by more than 35,000 organizations.

Hospice care is covered by the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Medicaid and private insurance carriers but reimbursements do not cover cost of specialized hospice care. HPH&PC receives no federal or state support and relies on the generosity of the communities it serves to make up the difference. To learn more visit www.highpeakshospice.org

Economic Development Committee

Months ago the community took a community survey to help the economic Development committee and the Warrensburg Town Council decide what direction the community wants the town proceed to. Out of the 2383 surveys mailed only 202 were completed. 56 percent of the people said the most common concern to them and their family was the property tax burden in Warrensburg. Supervisor Geraghty said that two-thirds of the taxes go the the school. Geraghty, stated that his door is open, if anyone has a suggestion how he can further lower the taxes in Warrensburg.Then asked to identify three types of economic development you believe the committee should focus on. 62.8 percent stated that the town should promote adaptive reuse and conversion of underused buildings and sites. 60 percent sand the town should promote business on Main St. Geraghty stated that several developers are looking at land in town to develop. 46 percent of the people who took the survey wanted senior housing. One developer is seeking to build 50 Senior housing units on Main St. Another developer is looking at building a pellet plant. Geraghty said some one is looking at a parcel of property to develop a water bottling plant. If any of these proposed plans come to fruition it would also bring jobs to town. Another surprise to the committee was that 49 percent of those surveyed wanted a clothing store in town. Warrensburg could be like Saratoga Springs with niche stores and boutiques. Geraghty said he is scheduling meetings with prospective developers to further discuss posibilites of new businesses coming to town.

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