Malta Town Board with Paul and Nancy Sausville

Malta Development Proposed Between Trail and Creek

Malta Town Board with Paul and Nancy Sausville

The renovated gazebo on Dunning Street near the Price Chopper supermarket was named after former Supervisor Paul Sausville. Pictured is the Malta Town Board with Paul and Nancy Sausville/Photo by Bob Conner.

MALTA — A subdivision of 20 houses was proposed Monday at the north end and east side of South Ruhle Road, between the Zim Smith Trail to the south and Ballston Creek to the north.

It was proposed on behalf of a developer by Scott Lansing of Lansing Engineering, who said the proposal is for a planned development district using what would be a cluster development model in an R-1 residential zone. However, the area actually appears to be in a land conservation zone.

Most of the property was formerly owned by the now defunct Round Lake Rod and Gun Club and, according to Supervisor Vincent DeLucia, was acquired in a tax sale. The building there burned earlier this year, and there were apparently environmental problems on the site.

Most Town Board members appeared favorably disposed to the proposal. Councilwoman Maggi Ruisi, who used to be a caretaker-resident of the property and still lives nearby, lauded the developer’s plan to provide public access to a trail along the creek. (There is a town trail along the creek to the northwest, in Shenantaha Park.)

The Town Board would have to approve a planned development district to make the project possible.

The board was less favorably disposed toward a proposal by Joe Valenti for an apartment project in an R-1 zone on Route 9P, across from Carson’s restaurant. A prior proposal by Valenti got a similar reaction two years ago.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, a concern was raised about the long-term structural integrity of the masonry wall facing Route 9 of the David Meager Malta Community Center, because, it was said, ill-designed flashing is causing water damage. DeLucia said the town would look into the matter.

Nancy Theissen, president of the Round Lake Library Board of Trustees, said the library, which has a branch in the Malta Community Center, is petitioning to put a funding increase on the November ballot, the first in five years. She estimated the increase costing property taxpayers three cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

After holding a public hearing at which no one spoke, the board amended the ethics code.

The renovated gazebo on Dunning Street near the Price Chopper supermarket was named after former Supervisor Paul Sausville, who attended that portion of the meeting with family members.

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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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