For more than 30 years, local public school coach Mary ann Bump has inspired many hundreds of student athletes to achieve and excel.
Recently, Warrensburg town officials bestowed Bump with an honor so that present and future generations of Warrensburg residents and visitors will appreciate her positive influence on the lives of those she has coached.
At the town board meeting held Aug. 13, the panel unanimously approved a resolution to name the hockey field at the town recreation complex off Library Avenue in honor of Bump, long-time coach of Warrensburg High School softball and field hockey teams.
“We are dedicating this field to honor Coach Bump because of her remarkable coaching and teaching legacy,” town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said, noting how she mentored hundreds of students over three decades with a positive attitude as well as expertise in athletics. All the board members offered high compliments to Bump’s many years of dedicated work as a coach and teacher, all accomplished with a cheerful attitude and a caring spirit.
Over her 30-plus years as a coach at Warrensburg, Bump has mentored an array of championship teams in both softball and field hockey. Several of her teams have competed in the State Championship finals.
Sports observers have credited Bump for not only skill development and keen strategy, but for inspiring through positive reinforcement, inclusiveness and development of team spirit.
Sewer plant, streetscape upgrades ongoing
In other business at the Aug. 13 meeting, the town board took action on approving upgrades to Warrensburg’s municipal sewage treatment facilities off state Rte. 418.
Lowe’s Home Improvement Center was awarded the contract to provide materials to construct a building that will house the sand filtration devices at the sewer plant. Lowe’s submitted a bid of $24,601, the lowest of those received.
Sediment Control Systems of Enfield, NH tendered a low bid of $29,360 on a sludge removal system which features a vacuum apparatus on a sled that sucks up the sludge and deposits it on a sled floating atop the sewer treatment lagoon.
Geraghty said the last time sludge was removed from the lagoon was 1992 — and regular, scheduled removal of the sludge would boost the sewer plant’s capacity. Purchase of the sludge removal sled was approved by the board.
Also, bids were opened for purchase of a new mini-excavator. The four bids received averaged about $63,000, and the bids are to be examined by councilman Bryan Rounds and town water system superintendent Tom Belden. Much of the cost of the new backhoe-excavator will be covered by insurance compensation — restitution stemming from an accident that damaged an existing backhoe.
At the town meeting, town Highway Superintendent Ed Pennock noted that Tripp Lake Road and Moose Ridge Road have recently been paved. A new digital speed limit sign — featuring lighted numerals that blink when motorists exceed the speed limit — has been installed on Elm Street hill near the firehouse. This digital radar-enabled sign was paid for through grant funds intended to promote pedestrian safety.
Also, Geraghty noted that the town of Warrensburg has received $45,152 in Federal Emergency Management Agency aid, which is partial compensation for work to rebuild Alden Avenue after damage caused by Hurricane Irene in Aug. 2011.
Board members were informed that town Zoning and Code Enforcement Officer Chris Belden has been busy developing the River Street Improvement Plan, which calls for various upgrades to the roadway, sidewalks and streetscape, focusing on aesthetic and accessibility issues.
Deputy Supervisor John Alexander talked about the progress of the town’s Main Street & Parks Improvement Plan, focusing on the work already completed.
He noted that the town has received many letters and emails complimenting town officials about the new benches, bike racks and landscaping work.
Money for the upgrades was provided through grant funds provided by Glens Falls Hospital’s Creating Healthy Places program.
“Many thanks to Warrensburg resident Kathy Varney for her tireless efforts to improve the town,” Geraghty said. Belden and his assistant Patty Monahan coordinate the program for the town, and parks department employees accomplish much of the work.
A new water rate was established for customers using water from the hydrant system. The rate was set at $3.90 per 100 gallons of water used up to 9,999 gallons and $3.90 per 1,000 gallons of water used over 10,000 gallons. The charges will be based on a meter reading.
Bed Tax stipends awarded
The following notable Occupancy Tax receipt appropriations were approved: $180 to sponsor the Warrensburgh Historical Society Heritage Trail website, $200 from Occupancy Tax funds to pay for the Warrensburg Bed & Breakfast Association website, $4,708 towards advertising for the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Company’s Smoke Eaters Jamboree, and $950 to advertise the Greater Warrensburg Business Alliance’s Car Hop event. Abstaining from the latter two votes were Supervisor Geraghty and board member Linda Marcella, respectively.
A modest sum was also earmarked for the Lake George Triathlon Festival as participants will be bicycling through town. A request for Occupancy Tax funds from Maple Tree Books was tabled.
Town Assessor Gregory Klinger noted the local equalization rate for 2014 property taxes remains at 100 percent.
The upcoming World’s Largest Garage Sale will have the same restricted parking as last year. Parking will be banned on both sides of Elm St., Park St., and Emerson, Second, Adirondack, Stewart Farrar and Hackensack avenues. Parking will also be prohibited on the north side of Library Avenue, from Elm to to James streets. There is also no parking at Marcus Bruce Park. The parking ban is to assure safe passage of emergency vehicles.
New hut at landfill proposed
Councilwomen Marcella proposed purchasing a new building or ready-to assemble kit to replace the shed — now deteriorating — that hosts the town landfill attendant. Board members endorsed the idea, with expectations that the building would be installed before winter. Marcella noted that the revenue at the landfill were slightly ahead of last year.
Also, concerns were raised by resident Bud York about the installation of solar panels on the lower recreation field visible from the rear of his house on Library Avenue. Board members said they would help devise landscaping remedies so the Yorks’ view to the northwest isn’t degraded.
Geraghty noted that the town had received a letter from Warren County officials complimenting the town’s summer recreation program and its leader Sarah Bills Winter, following an inspection of the program conducted by the county. Geraghty also praised Clarissa Reynolds for her many years of coordinating the indoor arts & crafts program conducted as part of the recreation program, which concluded Aug. 15.