Town of Saratoga News

30 Ferry Street, P. O. Box 38 Schuylerville, NY 12871 Volume 1 Number 4 April 2004



Warm Greetings to Everyone!

With the start of April we welcome spring with its longer days, warmer temperatures and renewal of life.  It will be another busy month filled with town activities.  The next meeting of the Town Board is scheduled for Monday, April 12th at 7:30 p.m.  Some of the items that will be covered at this meeting include: a public hearing on the Aged Exemption and Disabled Exemption for town taxes, reports from the town park committee, the cable TV committee, and the senior citizen committee. 

     Route 32 near DeGarmo Road has been closed so that a new culvert pipe could be put in. A recent inspection revealed a sinkhole in the road shoulder that measured 3 feet in diameter.  Further investigation revealed the deterioration of a 36 inch metal pipe beneath the road.  The metal pipe will be replaced with two 36-inch concrete pipes.  The cost of the state project is approximately $50,000.  Bryant's Bridge Road was closed on Friday, March 26th so that the subsurface soil borings could be done in preparation for replacement of the bridge in 2005.  A letter was recently sent to the New York State Department of Agr. and Markets requesting a time extension so that the details of the Saratoga Apple Farmland Preservation Grant  could be finalized.    

Alice Smith Finalist for Jefferson Award

Notice has just been received that Alice Smith, retired Town Clerk has been selected to be a finalist for the Second Annual Capital Region Jefferson Awards Ceremony to be held on April 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.  Alice was nominated because of the great service that she has given the community for her entire life.  A panel of judges has narrowed the entries to this select group of five finalists each of whom will receive a Jefferson Award Medallion and one of the five medallists will chosen to represent the people of New York's Capital region at a national award ceremony  in Washington D.C. in June of 2004.   
Tribute to Judge James S. Priest                Town of Saratoga Judge James S. Priest died on Monday, March 22, 2004.  Judge Priest diligently and faithfully served as Justice for the Town of Saratoga for over 20 years.  He was a man of great integrity, impeccable character, and high standards and values.  He was held in high esteem and admired by everyone who knew and worked with him.  As a town Justice he treated everyone that appeared in his court with fairness and respect.  A father and devoted husband, he dedicated his entire life to his family and public service.  Judge Priest was a U. S. Army Veteran serving during World War II and honorably discharged with the Rank of Staff Sergeant.  He was a member and past commander of Old Saratoga Post #278 American Legion in Schuylerville and was a past Saratoga County Commander.  Judge Priest will be deeply missed by everyone.  Memorials in honor of Judge Priest may be made to the General Schuyler Emergency Squad or to Old Saratoga Post #278 American Legion in Schuylerville.
March For Parks

     Marie Burch, president of Friends of  Saratoga Battlefield announces that this years 11th annual March For Parks Program will take place in the Village of Schuylerville and Town of Saratoga.  The march will start at the Schuyler House and follow the Champlain Canal Towpath to lock 5. Congressman Sweeney is expected to be in attendance and will officially start the march. Registration will take place from 9:00 - 10:00 AM and the March will start at 10:00 AM and continue through 2:00 PM. Speakers will be stationed at various locations along the towpath where information about the canal, Field of Grounded Arms, and natural history of the area will be presented.  In the lock 5 area additional information will be presented describing the Dix Bridge, the hand lock, and the Marshall House. A silent auction will be conducted at the Schuyler House and refreshments will be available to all participants.  Proceeds from the program are used to support Saratoga National Park programs.

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