MILTON – The Town Board voted Wednesday to expand Boice Family Park by almost 24 acres.
The two parcels of land to be purchased by the town are to the north of the existing park land, south of Heisler Road in Rock City Falls. The land was appraised at $28,950, which is what the town will pay for the property.
At a public hearing that preceded the board’s action, Larry Woolbright, former chairman of the Open Space Committee who has been active in establishing the park, said half the money will come from a Saratoga County fund for the acquisition of open space. The other half will come from the town’s open space fund, which is mostly funded by fees paid by developers.
“It’s a beautiful piece of property, and a great addition to the trail network,” Woolbright said.
Much of the new trail will border the Kayaderosseras Creek.
Planning Board member James Staulters, the only other speaker at the public hearing, also supported the purchase. The Town Board voted unanimously to approve it.
Woolbright said the town is still hoping to acquire another 19 acres for the park in the same area as this addition.
In other business, the board approved sending out a flier with tax bills to advertise next year’s 225th “birthday of our town.” The Aug. 12 celebration will be held at Burgess Kimball Memorial Park. The town is asking the public to pitch in on social media or at government offices to come up with a slogan for the event. The three choices offered are: “Milton Past and Present,” “Milton’s History Lives in the Present,” and “Milton 225 years Strong.”
A public hearing on the budget will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10. Supervisor Dan Lewza said the board may make cuts, which would put more money into reserves. The property tax rate, he said later, will be unchanged at 33 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. During public comment, some residents questioned what they said was too much increased spending in the comptroller’s office.
The board voted to start the process of hiring an independent auditor to evaluate the Heritage Springs sewer system. Lewza and Town Attorney James Craig said there are no ongoing negotiations between the town and the sewer company. Lewza contends customers should no longer be paying fees to Heritage Springs, and that the county should take it over.
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