Before, Jablonski said, the various entities focused on their own goals. The goal is now to have them work toward a common goal.
”We want to reach this point where there is perfect symmetry.”
Luke Cyphers, a member of the Saranac River Trail Advisory Committee, presented progress in the area of recreation. During the recreation forum, he said, it became clear that the use of recreation resources was important for the health of the community but also for its economic development.
”The best way is the simplest — use what we have,” Cyphers said.
The Plattsburgh City Beach had its best attendance in many years, he noted. There was also continued development of the Saranac Land Trust and increases in programs at the city, town and county recreation departments.
The Saranac River Trail now covers 1.3 miles and has room to expand through the towns of Schuyler Falls, Plattsburgh and Saranac.
Although 2012 was a big year, 2013 will be even bigger, he said.
Town of Plattsburgh Planning Department head Philip Von Bargen detailed progress on the Complete Streets initiative. It is an effort to make roads safer not only for cars and trucks but also cyclists and pedestrians.
One example is an extension of sidewalks along Rugar Street from the city to the Ampersand Drive intersection. The county has also decreased the speed limit along a portion of Tom Miller road to from 55 to 40 miles per hour, he said.
A number of intersections along Route 3 are slated for crosswalk improvements, Von Bargen said. The Complete Streets Steering Committee will soon release its initial report, he said.
”In the short term, we hope to focus on the three E’s: education, engineering and enforcement.”
Joshua Kretser of p.o.d. studio focused on ROTA Gallery, the North Country Cultural Center of the Arts and the Strand Theatre in his arts presentation.