Minutes from March 10, 2014

Minutes – March 10, 2014

Meeting conducted in the Saratoga Eagle Community Room.

President Molly Gagne’ opened the meeting at 7:03 p.m.

Minutes from January 14, 2014 were approved.

Vice President Candy Robenstein – introduction and information regarding work on SWNA tax filing.

Treasurer Dave Lauzon – introduction and financial report. SWNA funds are held at the Saratoga National Bank.

General fund is a checking account totalling $ 2,610.88.

Trail Fund is in an interest bearing savings account totalling  $ 12,145.00.

Corresponding Secretary Margaret Prough reported Palma sent a note of thanks to Mayor Yepsen for her guest appearance. Also, a thank you was sent to Steve DiLoreto at Ball Corp. for Ball’s $500 donation to the general fund.



Comprehensive Plan update – Devin Dalpos, a member of the Saratoga Springs Comprehensive Plan Committee,  gave a report.   He invited everyone to the next Comp meeting March 17 – 6 to 8p.m. in the  Rec. Center.

Safe Routes to Schools Grant – Devin Dalpos summarized progress on the grant and said sidewalks from Casino to Tiffany would be completed by Fall, 2014.

Geyser Trail update –   Wally Elton gave the report. Trail design expected to be completed by summer.   Under the guidance of City Planning Office and Brad Birge, the city is applying for $2 million of federal funding for the trail.

Geyser School – Liz Oehler provided information to be read at tonight’s meeting.  There are Green Fiber Recycle bins located behind the school. The PTO has the potential to earn a lot of money but has only gotten about $100 a quarter.  The SWNA can greatly improve this amount by taking all household paper and cardboard to the bins.  Also, remember  a Spring can & bottle drive in front of the school on April 5th from 9 to noon.

Adopt-a -Roadside – Raoul Gagne’ is collecting names and phone numbers of willing participants for Spring clean-up.

Cady Cemetery project – Matt Veitch is collecting names and numbers of volunteers to help on April 27th at 10 a.m.

Neighborhood Garage sale – Molly is polling members.  Potential date is May 16 and 17.  It will only happen if there is enough interest.

Neighborhood Watch – still no volunteer to coordinate with SSPD.

Bus schedules – “50” bus route maps and pick-up times were distributed


Guest Speaker
Town of Milton Supervisor Dan Lewza

The Milton Geyser Road project is expected to begin prior to June and extend through Fall 2014. The distance involved will be from Rowland Street to Hayes Drive. The project involves water, sewer, sidewalks, street lights, greenspace, curbs and paving.

Supervisor Lewza also detailed other initiatives that will greatly benefit our sw neighborhood.  Examples include new trails, sidewalks, parks, restaurants, businesses & medical facilities.  He invited everyone to a public meeting at the Milton Town Hall on March 18th at 6:30 p.m.

Supervisor Lewza also addressed member concerns regarding helicopters, property flooding and a rough road condition.


New Business

Emergency Response PlansSaratoga Springs Fire Chief Robert Williams addressed the membership along with the Ball Corp. Safety Manager Ed Prunier.  The discussion covered reverse 911 for land line phones, Nixel, registering cell phones, evacuation plans, emergency drills and coordination with Ball, Quad Graphics and other residents of the Grande Industrial Park.

Much of the discussion centered on train oil tankers, especially in light of the recent catastrophic events elsewhere.

Accidents have resulted in nationwide attention to improve safety.  Supervisor Peter Martin reported work is currently being done on this issue by Governor Cuomo, Senator Schumer and Congressman Tonko.

Chief Williams answered questions about identifying the contents of tank cars.

 4 Cross streets on Hathorn Blvd.-  A neighbor with medical issues has contacted SWNA requesting directional numbers be attached to the street signs. The four streets with this identical problem are Quevic Dr., Tamarack Tr., Trottingham Rd. and Curt Blvd.  Emergency response vehicles have been seen turning in the wrong direction necessitating the need to turn around and reverse direction.  Everyone agreed that an unnecessary delay must be addressed. Motion made (Paul Safran ) and seconded (Candy Robenstein) to spend up to $200 to assist with a street sign/numbering  project.

Street Tree request– sign-up sheet to request a free city street tree.

Curb Appeal Awards – Molly announced that the special award project will be revived at the May meeting.

Web siteJason Yourdon is working with Fingerpaint to create a new and improved web site.  Matt Veitch and Dave Morris suggested better use of Facebook.

We welcomed two new neighbors, Trudy and John .

Meeting adjourned at 8:40.
Next meeting will be held Tuesday May 13 at Saratoga Eagle Community Room.

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