WARRENSBURG - A new crosswalk is now in the works for a perilous intersection in the town of Warrensburg.
The state Department of Transportation has recently approved developing a crosswalk at the intersection of River Street and Richards Avenue, where several vehicle crashes have occurred, including one last year in which a truck rammed through the front entranceway of a home housing two apartments.
The crosswalk is expected to be developed in spring on the west side of the intersection, Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty told town board members at their March 9 meeting.
For some time, town officials had suggested that a crosswalk be established at the site, in an effort to protect the safety of pedestrians, particularly the dozens of children who routinely walk to school down River Street.
Among other actions at the monthly board meeting, Geraghty was authorized by the board to sign a grant application for up to $40,000 to develop a streetscape enhancement plan. The funds are available through the Department of Environmental Conservation"s Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Program.
A proclamation was read in honor of Mary McKenna Murphy, congratulating her on turning 100 years old on March 17.
The Town Board approved advertising for bids to sell two surplus parcels of water district land it owns. One of the wooded plots is 364 acres, and the other is 214 acres. The plots surround the former town reservoir which is no longer used for drinking water. Most of the property is located up Alden Avenue and Harrington Hill Road.
Board members decided that in putting the two parcels up for sale, they will reserve the right to reject any or all bids. Information will be available soon from the town clerk's office.
In addition, several appointments were made by the board.
Alice Farrell of King Street was appointed to the town planning board to fill the unexpired term of Joyce Harvey.
Harold Moffitt was appointed to a position on the Zoning Board of Appeals to fill the unexpired term of Herb Muller who died recently. Moffitt has previously served as an alternate member of the panel, a position which is now open. Applications are now being accepted by the town for alternates on the Zoning Board.
The board also voted to allocate two grants from the town's occupancy tax revenue.
A request for an appropriation of $317 was granted to the Warrensburg Bed and Breakfast group for their website.
A request for $78 was granted to the Warrensburg Historical Society to pay for a banner promoting the local history museum's exhibit Stock Car Racing at Ashland Park. The banner is now in place at the intersection of Diamond Point Road and Rte. 9.
The board also decided to seek the advice of Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District officials to see how a drainage problem behind 85 Library Ave. can be alleviated. The runoff there, a problem for years, is apparently coming from the town recreation field.
The town board discussed a parking problem at the intersection of Main and First streets. The Warren County Head Start van and other vehicles routinely park too close to the intersection, impeding vision of oncoming traffic, town officials reported. The council members decided to contact the state Department of Transportation to address the issue.
Supervisor Geraghty noted that 18 applications were received for two open positions in the town's water and sewer department. The posts require that the successful applicants take training and complete qualifications for sewer licensing.
Discussion occurred on how private plow truck operators cleaning driveways are often leaving behind snowbanks that obstruct sidewalks. The board decided to work with the town Code Enforcement Officer to draft proposed amendments to town ordinances requiring property owners to keep sidewalks clear.