We have reached this winter’s halfway point but we also know that, while February may be the shortest month, it is usually the snowiest. If and when sufficient snow finally returns, please take advantage of winter recreation activities, including groomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails at the Western Turnpike Golf Course, and sledding at the Winter Recreation Area, just south of Tawasentha Park on Route 146. The Parks and Recreation Department’s webpage and office (456-3150) has information about winter activities and has available cross-country skis and snowshoes for rent on weekdays at the Parks’ Office on Route 146, opposite Tawasentha Park.
While the winter months can be busy, they allow time for preparing the parks and golf course for the upcoming summer. Parks Department and Golf Course employees are busily trimming trees, painting structures, working on historic properties, and doing other work that is necessary to make Town facilities ready for use. This is also the time for planning the expansion of hiking trails in the growing Town-owned open spaces and adding amenities to the Town parks.
We soon expect to see progress on a number of projects. NYS DOT should complete the scoping and design work for the planned improvement of the Carman Road/Lydius Street intersection. A new sidewalk will also be installed on West Old State Road from Carman Road to Lynnwood Elementary School. As these projects progress, we will share all available information on the Town website and by other means to minimize inconvenience.
Several senior citizen housing developments have been approved or are currently under Board review. These developments will offer a wide-range of housing opportunities from independent to assisted living. Among the goals of the recently enacted Zoning Code was the expansion of affordable housing options for retired residents.
The Town will soon construct water lines on Route 158 and an interconnection with the Town of Rotterdam. This connection will expand available water sources for an ever-increasing high demand during summer months. After testing and confirming the anticipated capacity, this connection will lessen the Town’s dependency on other water sources.
I recently had the opportunity to honor First Lieutenant Lanny Ladouceur who, on May 19, 1970, at 23 years of age, lost his life when the helicopter that he was flying was shot down in Vietnam. The ceremony was attended by Lanny’s widow, brother, and mother, who is the former president and oldest member of the Albany Chapter of Gold Star Mothers. Members of Gold Star Mothers, Tri-County Vietnam War Veterans, American Legion, Patriot Guard, and Town Police were present to honor Lieutenant Ladouceur and support his family. In honor of Lieutenant Ladouceur, the Town Board dedicated West Lydius Street from Carman Road to Church Road as "First Lieutenant Lanny G. Ladouceur Memorial Highway."
Please remember that law prohibits parking overnight on streets and following too closely to the Highway Department’s snow trucks. These rules enable the Highway Department to keep Town roads clear and provide adequate clearance for fire truck and emergency vehicles. Please also help Fire Departments by keeping hydrants clear of snow.
Thank you again for taking the time to read these notes. Upon behalf of fellow Town employees, we hope that you safely enjoy the winter months and look forward to the coming spring.