MILTON – The town is applying for county funds to help pay for the expansion of Boice Family Park.
The Town Board passed a resolution Wednesday supporting a grant application “through the Saratoga County Open Space Grant Program” to acquire 57.7 acres. Supervisor Dan Lewza said the county would pay half the cost, and the town the other half.
Larry Woolbright, a member of the town Open Space Committee and Friends of the Kayaderosseras who has been closely involved with developing the park, said after the meeting that the total cost of the expansion is estimated at about $50,000. The land to be acquired south of the Kayaderosseras Creek would fill a gap between previously acquired parcels already in the park. Boice Park is located south of Rock City Falls, at Creekside Drive west of Rock City Road.
In other business, the board moved toward expanding the park-and-ride lot directly west of Town Hall, and creating a new entrance on the lot’s west side from Wood Thrush Court. Lewza said Upstate Transit/CDTA wants to improve pedestrian safety in the parking lot, where buses sometimes have difficulty turning around and backing up. Under the plan, buses would enter the lot from Wood Thrush Court and leave from the current access on Geyser Road.
Lewza and Town Attorney James Craig said later this is only the first step of the project. Lewza said he did not have information about the cost or funding of the Highway Department project.
In the meeting’s public comment period, Planning Board member James Staulters said the entire town needs a traffic study because “we have a traffic problem,” while conceding that it would be costly. Zoning Board member David Beals said “I think Mr. Staulters is on to something here,” while also noting that the use of alternate routes on Saturday’s Travers day successfully controlled traffic. Asked about the proposal after the public portion of the meeting, Lewza declined to comment.
The board authorized Craig to draw up a contract with Municipal Assessment Services for $42,000 per year, and to hire John Bonanno as assessor of record for $6,000 per year.
A special meeting was scheduled for 8 a.m. Sept. 28 for presentation of the tentative town budget for next year. Lewza said the board on Sept. 16 will set two budget workshops for October, and a public hearing will be held in early November.
Suzanne Canell, of the town Ethics Board, distributed documents relating to an ethics complaint to Town Board members. Asked about this later, she declined to comment.