BY RICHARD HALLETT
Residents who like to travel around town on their bicycles will soon have several new places to park them.
At its Monday, April 25, meeting the Village Board approved a request by the Ballston Spa Business and Professionals Association to install six bicycle racks at various downtown locations.
Tentative locations of the racks include Wiswall Park and the Iron Springs on Front Street, both ends of the Tedisco Trail, and the public parking lot on Malta Avenue. Each rack holds seven bikes.
Village Mayor John Romano said the purchase and installation of the racks would not exceed $1,400.
“I think this is a great idea,” said Romano. “It encourages people to exercise more and it will bring more activity into the downtown area.”
Also, the board honored a request by Saratoga Bridges to permit its singing group, “One Voice,” to perform on two occasions at the gazebo in Wiswall Park.
The group has performed in the past in front of Creative Endeavors on Front Street during the village’s First Friday celebrations and will use the gazebo on similar occasions on Friday, May 6, and September 2.
Romano said the switch in venues was requested because the singing group has grown to 15 members, a size too large to perform comfortably on the limited space of a storefront sidewalk.
Established in 1984, Saratoga Bridges is a local community-based home that provides support services to residents with developmental disabilities.
The board also agreed to retain the services of the Selective Insurance Company as the carrier of village’s comprehensive liability insurance program.
Romano said the plan would cost the village $92,575, up four percent from a year ago. He said the village is required to renew its comprehensive insurance program every year on Sunday, May 1. Selective Insurance has been the village’s carrier since 2004.
“Nobody can compete with Selective,” said Romano. “And considering the cost of doing business today, I think a four percent increase is more than reasonable.”
Finally, the mayor said this year’s annual Easter Egg Hunt was a huge success, and on behalf of the board expressed his gratitude to the Saratoga Jaycees and the volunteer committee for their efforts in sponsoring and running the event.
“It was so mobbed we ran out of food!” said Romano.
Village Trustee Stuart Hodsoll also issued a reminder hydrant flushing would begin Friday, May 6, and continue for two to three weeks until completed.
The next regular village board meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the village office building on 66 Front St.