MALTA – Three women are hoping to build a $20 million aquatic center, and their first choice for a location is near Northway Exit 12, they told the Town Board on Monday.
All the board members expressed potential willingness to support the idea of Laura Davis, Tara Sullivan and Kara Haraden, the three officers of the planned Adirondack Aquatic Center (AAC), if it comes to fruition. However, while the women said they will seek grants and pursue various types of fund-raising, they have hardly gotten started on reaching their ambitious goal.
The women said the AAC will be not-for-profit, and will have pools of various sizes and temperatures. The uses would include sports training and competition, exercise and rehab, and swimming lessons.
Interviewed outside the meeting, the women said they have all been involved with the Schenectady-Saratoga Swim Club. They declined to say exactly where is the site they are contemplating near Exit 12. Haraden, who lives in Malta, has been active in the Animal Protective Foundation of Scotia and is married to the co-owner of Mohawk Honda.
At the board’s agenda meeting, it prepared to move ahead next week with a controversial project to build two roundabouts on Round Lake Road in the southwestern corner of town. The board, which approved the project in December by a 4-1 vote, is poised to declare that it will not have a significant environmental impact, complying with the State Environmental Quality Review Act.
Town Supervisor Paul Sausville said the project would have a positive impact, moving traffic more smoothly and enhancing safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. This was disputed after the meeting by Elwood Sloat, a retired state police major, who said it is safer for pedestrians and cyclists when cars come to a complete stop at a traffic light rather than going through a roundabout. Sloat is one of what is apparently a majority of local residents who oppose the roundabouts.
The board is, however, hoping to address one concern of residents by seeking a reduction in the speed limit on Round Lake Road, which is now 45 and 40 mph west of Northway Exit 11. On next week’s agenda is a resolution seeking a 30 mph limit, but Sloat expressed skepticism that the state Department of Transportation would grant the request. Sloat said he supports the lower limit, but noted that the DOT had turned down the board’s prior request to reduce the speed limit on Ruhle Road, which runs into Round Lake Road. Sausville said later that he is optimistic the DOT will grant a new request, given the strong sentiment in the community.
In a separate but related discussion, Councilman Peter Klotz said he will introduce a resolution supporting state legislation granting towns the right to set their own speed limits, as, he said, villages and cities do. Other board members indicated support for Klotz’s position.
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