SARANAC - The Saranac Town Council is once again seeking the input of its residents.
The council's advisory committee will host a Community Visioning Workshop this Wednesday, Aug. 11, at Saranac Town Hall on State Route 3. The purpose will be to discuss the development of a plan that focuses on revitalization and enhancement of the town's hamlets and Saranac River/Route 3 Corridor.
Councilman Gerald W. Delaney said the workshop will focus on receiving feedback from town residents regarding the direction in which they'd like to see a plan take.
Goals of the discussion will be to develop community consensus about the vision for the town's future; identify important community assets and how they might positively impact the future; understand areas of concern that need the town's attention; and identify opportunities for community enhancement such as recreational use of the Saranac River and state lands/conservation easements, revitalization of hamlets, and business development.
The workshop will include information about the planning process and the approach to developing a plan. However, the focus of the workshop will be on hearing from residents, said Delaney.
"We value their opinions," said Delaney. "I feel we really need to get the townspeople out to listen to this and give their input."
"The only way this is going to work if we hear from the public," he added.
The public discussion will be mediated by Margaret W. Irwin of River Street Planning and Development, Troy. Once Irwin's firm has all comments in hand, a plan will be developed taking the comments into account.
"They're going to sit down and sift through everything said and they're going to come up with an action plan," said Delaney.
The firm will then bring the plan back before the town council for approval. The entire process should take approximately 60 days, said Delaney. However, it wouldn't likely be until sometime next spring the plan would be put into action, Delaney noted, funded by a grant from the Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.
Delaney is now focusing on getting at least a fraction of the town's thousands of residents there, which he admits won't be an easy feat.
"There's a little over 4,000 people that live in the town of Saranac, but I'd like to see at least a hundred people [at the meeting]," he said. "We've worked hard to get to this point and we want them to come out and express their opinion so we get it right."
For more information about this Wednesday's meeting - which will begin at 6:30 p.m. - contact Delaney at 569-7800, project coordinator Melissa McManus at 297-6753 or Andrew Labruzzo from the state Department of State Division of Coastal Resources at 473-2460.