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March 5, 2014

Master plan in view for Saranac River Trail

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PLATTSBURGH —

Presently, a town has to submit a request to its county highway department, which is then forwarded to the State DOT, where it is often denied.

Wilson said it doesn’t make sense that small towns can’t set their own limits while a neighboring village can. He said there is a huge safety benefit, as evidenced by a 40 percent increase in survival rates for a pedestrian if the vehicle that hits them is going 20 mph rather than 30.

‘PLAN FIRST PAYS’

Town of Plattsburgh Planning Department Head Phil Von Bargen said at the meeting that the town has been awarded a $25,000 matching grant in the last round of Regional Economic Development Council funding. 

That is to be used to prepare a Town Waterfront Revitalization Planning Guide.

It would be a key component for a new grant application for design or even implementation projects. Von Bargen said it’s becoming increasingly clear that having a plan in place makes it easier to get funds later.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

SARANAC TRAIL SESSION

Saranac River Trail Greenway Committee meetings are open to the public. The next one is tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the first-floor meeting room of the Clinton County Government Center in Plattsburgh.

GRANT OPPORTUNITY

Waterfront revitalization projects in Clinton County were awarded up to $200,000 in funding in 2012. For the next round, consultant Melissa McManus is accepting proposals for projects in Clinton County through 4 p.m. March 31 by email at melissamcmanusllc@gmail.com.

COMPLETE STREETS MEETINGS

Tentative dates for Town of Plattsburgh Complete Streets Committee meetings are set for the fourth Thursday of March, April, May and June.  They would be held at 4:30 p.m. at Plattsburgh Town Hall, 151 Banker Road, Plattsburgh.

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