EOC Settles Into Ballston Spa

The Hayner House in Ballston Spa, where Saratoga County EOC recently moved in. Photo by Marci Revette/The Ballston Journal

The Hayner House in Ballston Spa, where Saratoga County EOC recently moved in. Photo by Marci Revette/The Ballston Journal

BALLSTON SPA – Despite past differences with village government, the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) seems to be settling nicely into the Ballston Spa community.

The EOC’s new location is in the former Hayner House at 30 Bath Street in Ballston Spa.

In the past, there was an on-going court battle between EOC and the village over the right of the EOC to move their headquarters to Ballston Spa.

In January of this year the state Supreme Court ruled the EOC had a right to move to Ballston Spa because it provides a “vital human service”.

EOC Executive Director Julie Hoxsie is optimistic for a good relationship between EOC and the village, especially local businesses that they are visiting, as well as others they plan to visit in the future. [Read more...]

Emergency Corps Get New Tools

Ray Otten demonstrating the ventilator

Ray Otten demonstrating the ventilator

BALLSTON SPA – Ray Otten, the Executive Director at Ballston Spa Community Emergency Corps, is always looking for “tools in our toolkit,” as he put it. Recently, due to a donation by Milton Town Board member Dr. William Blaisedell and his wife Nancy, the corps received three emergency pet ventilator kits for each of their ambulances that will enable responders to possibly save a life of a pet injured during an emergency such as a fire.

“The whole purpose is, if you are at a fire and the only victim happens to be an animal, we’ve got something that can help them out,” Otten said. “Imagine how upset the owner would be if there was a way we could save their pet and we didn’t have the equipment.” [Read more...]

BSCSD Updates Code of Conduct

The Ballston Spa School Board. Photo by Marci Revette/The Ballston Journal

The Ballston Spa School Board. Photo by Marci Revette/The Ballston Journal

BALLSTON SPA –  The Ballston Spa School Board held a public hearing July 24 to highlight changes that will be implemented to the current Student Code of Conduct in order to keep in compliance with the New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act.

The Dignity for All Students Act amends the Dignity Act of July, 2012 and is effective July 1 of this year.

Most of the changes are to the code of conduct and the main focus of the 2013 act is cyber-bullying.

Assistant Supervisor Denise Jones said that cyber-bullying was not included in the 2012 act. [Read more...]

Film Fest Rolls in Aug 2

Festival Organizer Pam Grandin at Old Iron Springs location. Photo by Marci Revette/The Ballston Journal

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BSpa Reimbursed Residents $100K

The Ballston Journal- Ballston SpaBALLSTON SPA — The July 22 Ballston Spa Village trustees meeting was a short one, but a lot of housekeeping was performed that will help the village to continue running smoothly.

Among the actions taken, the board authorized $9,402.45 for engineering services for the recent repair of the broken sewer line on Maple Avenue.

Also, the board authorized $1,059.18 for sidewalk repair reimbursements. Under this program, residents receive $2.50 per square feet as an incentive to repair the sidewalks in front of their businesses and residences.

The program has so far reimbursed residents more than $100,000 over the last 15 years. [Read more...]

Milton Adopts Revisions

The Milton Town Board

The Milton Town Board

MILTON — On July 17 the Town of Milton adopted the first revisions to its comprehensive plan since 2001. 

The town board unanimously adopted the changes.

The updated plan includes several important changes to the zoning laws. One important revision concerns the Town Center district, which extends to the Saratoga City line on Geyser Road, goes south on Rowland Street to Ebert’s Automotive and goes north on Rowland Street to the proposed new park. [Read more...]

Maplewood Manor Lawsuit Dismissed

Maplewood Manor/Photo by Marci Revette/The Ballston Journal

Maplewood Manor/Photo by Marci Revette/The Ballston Journal

BALLSTON SPA – State Supreme Court Judge Robert Chauvin has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) to prevent Saratoga County from selling the county –run nursing home Maplewood Manor.

Chauvin ruled July 9 that CSEA Local 1000, which represents county employees who work in the facility, had no grounds to sue over the county’s privatization plan.

“The factual allegations within the petition do not set forth any alleged illegal actions,” Chauvin wrote. “The allegations within the petition fail to establish any basis of standing and fail to present a justiciable controversy or otherwise set forth a basis for relief.” [Read more...]