Warrensburg's new municipal playground is now under construction, and is about 85 percent complete, supervisor Kevin Geraghty announced at the May 12 meeting of the Warrensburg Town Board.
The town council members expressed appreciation to Kurt G. Bedell for work he accomplished for his Eagle Scout project of designing and constructing the Tot Lot pavilion. Bedell dedicated hours to organizing the project and seeing it through completion - and board members said the project resulted in a formidable asset for the town.
"The pavilion is an outstanding addition to our town recreation property," board member John Alexander said.
Warrensburg Museum of Local History Director Steve Parisi reported that a wine & cheese reception will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday May 30 to launch the museum's 2010 season. All are welcome to attend, he said.
Parisi also noted that an all-day educational program for 50 local seventh graders was planned for Tuesday. The program, which includes a review of the town's historical assets and a hike up Hackensack Mountain, was developed by high school science teacher John Burns. Parisi also noted that high school business teacher Michael Leonbruno continues to involve his computer class with audio-visual projects related to the historical museum.
The Historical Museum's exhibit "Fifty Years of Sports at WCS" continues through June 6, Parisi said.
In other business, Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty announced that the town is hiring 13 teenagers this year to oversee their summer youth recreation program.
Warrensburg Fire Chief Justin Hull noted that a recent fire call to the Rocky Ridge Road subdivision north of the hamlet on state Rte. 9 brought to light some confusion as firefighters attempted to determine the site of the emergency.
Rocky Ridge Road extends into Rollies Road, while Rocky Ridge turns abruptly, but keeps the same name.
Hull said the lack of clarity and uniformity could cause a substantial problem in case of a serious fire or emergency medical call. Town officials suggested that the address of three properties at the south entrance of the subdivision have their street name changed from Rocky Ridge to Rollies Rd.
The Warrensburg Bed and Breakfast Association was awarded $159 from occupancy tax revenue to promote the Warrensburg B&B group website, through the enterprise Network Solutions.
Local real estate agent Gary Cooper suggested that the town construct curbs on more of their streets to minimize parking on sidewalks. Councilman Dean Ackley agreed that vehicles parked on sidewalks was an ongoing problem.
The Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce was granted permission to use the Emerson Town Hall grounds for its annual Arts and Craft Festival, to be held July 10 and 11 this year.
Board members expressed appreciation to Warrensburgh Beautification for plantings they've accomplished in recent weeks throughout the town.
A resolution was granted to authorize the town to pay the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board $250 in support of their efforts. Since its budget was slashed by 53 percent over the past two years, the Review Board has been forced to seek money from Adirondack towns to bankroll their lobbying effort on behalf of Adirondack residents.
Monday night, the Lake George Village Board approved the same measure, as have other communities.
A resolution was voted on to earmark $48,649 for the sidewalk construction. Board members noted that the sidewalk on the east side of King Street will be torn up because it presents a hazard and potential liability problem for the town. There are no additional grant funds available this year to underwrite more sidewalk repair, although town officials are seeking such funding, officials said.
The town board will hold a public hearing on June 9 at 6:45 p.m. to review whether Hickory Hill Ski Center can tap into water from the Schroon River for snowmaking purposes. As the board members expressed support for the concept, approval of the initiative is expected that evening. The board voted unanimously May 12 to grant an easement along Hickory Hill Rd. for the water line.
Assessor Greg Klingler announced that the state STAR property tax exemption application cutoff date was March 1, and that many local property owners will see an increase in their taxes because the Star exemption is reduced this year and the STAR middle-class rebate program has expired. This year the town is assessed at 95 percent of full value, according to the state's calculations, he stated.
The board voted to reduce sewer and water fees - from $1,920 to $1,600 and from $535 to $433 respectively - for the Potter's Diner property. The reduction is based on the demolition of the dilapidated motel units behind the diner and the fact the restaurant is vacant.
Also, the board expressed support for the placement of a stop sign at Dinu St. and Lake Ave.