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Aquatic Center Proposed in Malta

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.

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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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Reporter Bob Conner has worked 21 years in various positions at the Gazette of Schenectady, and before that four years as a reporter at the Glens Falls Post-Star. He won two first-place writing awards from the New York Associated Press Association for newspapers with circulation between 50,000 and 250,000. Bob has a Phi Beta Kappa bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University, and an associate’s degree in chemical dependency counseling from HVCC. He is a published author and is currently writing a historical novel about the last four months in the life of Ulysses S.Grant

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