Get Ready for Growth, Town Leader Urges

Amanda May Metzger
January 8, 2015
 

QUEENSBURY – Town Supervisor John Strough delivered his state of the town address at Monday’s Town Board meeting, revisiting goals from last year, such as revisions to the Main Street zoning, and prioritizing continued efforts, such as easing traffic snarls near the Million Dollar Half Mile.

Over the past year, the town accomplished some goals, such as developing a town emergency management plan, which it lacked. The town also completed software improvements that make operations more efficient, Strough said. For example, the new software includes a mobile application that allows inspectors to issue documents such as permits and violation tickets in the field at a job site.

Among several other items, Strough noted the formation of an Ethics Board.

The town worked out a contract with Primelink to expand fiber optic service to Main Street west to Corinth Road to service Hudson Headwaters and possibly the Carey Industrial Park, he said.

Looking ahead, the town needs to prepare for ancillary tech growth spurred by GlobalFoundries, he said.

If we wish those offshoot/secondary impact good jobs to be located in our town, then we have to make our town ready. That means shovel-ready industrial sites. That means we need to assure that those industrial sites have the required infrastructure,” he said.

The town has nearly completed a sewer map plan report for the Exit 18 area’s Carey Industrial Park on Carey Road, and is investigating sewer capacity in other areas.

The town is working with The Chazen Companies on a conceptual overlay zone, removing height restrictions, to attract hotel and commercial office space development to undeveloped land near Exit 18. Strough said more information on that effort should be available at the end of the month.

As for Exit 20, Strough said town officials will soon meet with property owners along that corridor.

We need more off-Route 9 connections between store groupings so that visitors and supply vehicles are able to visit these stores without getting back on Route 9,” he said.

Queensbury needs to improve its marketing efforts and create a brochure, similar to Lake Luzerne’s pamphlet, he said.

Last year, the town had solar panels installed on six buildings, put in place a new, more restrictive fertilizer law and worked with Dunham Bay residents to develop the state’s first septic control district, the North Queensbury Wastewater Septic District.

As a member of the Save Lake George partnership, the town contributed $30,000 to the first year of the Lake George Park Commission’s mandatory boat-washing pilot program, he said.

Among 2015’s many goals are to reduce salt loading around the town’s lakes and wetlands, help Rockhurst residents develop a more environmentally friendly septic solution and help Cleverdale residents develop a Cleverdale Road greenway.

Town officials will also be taking a look at the ward boundary lines “to make population counts more accurate,” he said.

The town will also review its fees.

We want to review our fee schedules to assure the ones receiving services pay their fair shares, and we would also like to raise revenue and lower taxes,” he said.

In 2014, about $39 million worth of construction took place on projects in the town, he said.

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