March 18, 2013

Lookback: March 18 to 24

25 YEARS — 1988

It will take the state Department of Transportation about three years to fully repair the Crown Point Bridge, but some short-term solutions are also being discussed so those who are economically dependent on the structure can get across it. However, some local farmers who depend on the bridge to get their goods to market believe the state will not find a short-term solution to stepped up enforcement of the bridge’s 20-ton weight limit.

The big news for Plattsburgh about President Reagan’s proposed budget for fiscal 1989 is not what is in it but what isn’t. Plattsburgh Air Force Base will get no new construction money in fiscal 1989, and four other projects planned for future years, “have slipped further down the line,” said Capt. Alan Gregory, a base spokesman.

The proposed construction of a 100-boat marina along a section of shoreline in downtown Rouses Point has village officials worried about parking problems, traffic congestion and water quality. But there’s at least one village trustee who thinks a scaled-down version of the proposed operation could mean the eventual salvation of downtown Rouses Point.

50 YEARS — 1963

The Clinton County Park Commission Committee, formed more than a year ago, has not met once and no plans have been made to ever meet, according to one of its members, Supervisor Francis Seltzer. Seltzer said it was his idea that the committee be organized to deal with possible new sites for recreational development in the county and to make suggestions and studies of areas that could be utilized for summer camp sites and other recreational facilities.

Members of the supervisors committee and a special chamber of commerce delegation will put their heads together to begin an intensive study of the renewed proposal for development of Point au Roche. Development of Point au Roche could add $4.7 million in Clinton County business annually, its proponents believe.

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