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Jeannie Duval, Program Director of the Town Swim Program, reports that nearly 130 children successfully completed the Learn to Swim Program. The Zoning Amendment Advisory Committee continues to work on revising the zoning regulations. Residents with ideas and suggestions should put them in writing and share them with town officials. Both the ZBA and Planning Board continue to have full agendas at their meetings. We have conducted our first budget workshop and are off to a great start.
All town residents living along Saratoga Lake are reminded to complete the Saratoga Lake Water System Connection Survey Form. In order for the town to receive state approval for the extension of the waterline, there must be evidence of a substantial interest on the part of the perspective users. It is critical that all Town residents along Saratoga Lake complete the form and send it in to The Saratoga Glen Hollow Water Supply Corporation, 90 Campbell Road, Schenectady, NY 12306. Copies of this form are on the town web page www.townofsaratoga.com and may be downloaded. In addition, copies are available at the town hall and from the SLA. The official website of the association is www.saratogalake.org. This site is a source of detailed information about events and activities taking place at the lake.
Town Youth Festival
The Town of Saratoga and Town of Northumberland will jointly sponsor a Youth Festival at Fort Hardy Park on Saturday, September 10th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The day will be packed with activities including organized games such as tug of war, three legged races, a water bucket brigade contest, a sack race, an egg and spoon relay, interactive booth games, volleyball and kick ball. There will be arts and crafts, a bounce house, inflatable slide, pony rides, a bike rodeo, and a demonstration by Pai’s Tae Kwon Do Studio. In addition, the Ashville Zoo will have an exhibit, the Sheriff’s department will perform free fingerprinting, the fire department will provide fire safety information, and there will be free food for all children. Five new bicycles will be given away at the end of the program. This promises to be a fun filled afternoon for all residents of the Town of Saratoga and Town of Northumberland. Spread the word and encourage all children to participate.
Town Awarded Quality Communities Grant
The town recently received notification that our application for a $20,000 Quality Communities Grant entitled “The Towns of Saratoga and Northumberland Joint Open Space Plan” was approved. The project is a joint venture to inventory, assess, and assign the best land use to the remaining open space. The plan will focus on the development and implementation of strategies for farmland retention and explore new opportunities for open space including trails and parks. The plan will evaluate land preservation mechanisms including term easements, land acquisition, purchase of development rights, and incentive zoning. In the near future a committee composed of residents from both the Towns of Northumberland and Saratoga will be formed.
Town Highway Department News
In preparation for resurfacing, the Highway Department has been busy making improvements on Burgoyne Road and Grange Hall Road. Some hills have been lowered to improve safety. Paving is scheduled to begin September 12th. In response to resident requests, “No Dumping” signs have been installed on town roads in the Saratoga Lake area.