Community Planning

Councilor Kelly Proposes City Sidewalk Snow Removal Policy

The snow is melting this week and snow removal may not be on the minds of Many, but Plattsburgh Councilor Mike Kelly is still focused on developing a more open and transparent policy for snow removal, even as spring arrives in the North Country..  “We had the idea to create a group of volunteers for…

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Studying Possible Pedestrian Solutions for Margaret Street

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A feasibility study is underway in Plattsburgh to determine the possibility of creating a more pedestrian Friendly Margaret Street (Route 9) by Georgia Pacific.. Kevin Farrington is the City’s Engineer..  He says the concept is to investigate the possibility of narrowing vehicular lanes… The original idea was precipitated by some concerned citizens looking to improve the…

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K&J – Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon

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Today in the K&J Show, we sit down with Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon as he settles into his new office..  literally…  The walls are somewhat bare as he considers a new paint scheme and the historic pictures he’d like to include in the new decor. We’ll talk about the waterfront and some of the possibilities…

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Could Part of Downtown be Closed to Vehicles?

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Is there an area in Downtown Plattsburgh that could be closed off for pedestrian foot traffic only.. That’s the question proposed for consideration by City Councilman Josh Kretzer.. “There is support from the Chamber and the Development Corporation who have both offered to be part of the process,” Krestser tells the CIty Council, and he continued…

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The First “First Weekend” In Plattsburgh starts April 4th

The First Weekend in April is also the First First Weekend for Downtown Plattsburgh… First Weekend’s Events Committee Co-Chair Leigh Smionette says some favorites from last year will be returning and they’re looking to come back bigger and better than ever.. First weekend activities will begin Friday at Peabody’s with another Celebrity Bartending event, followed…

K&J – Library Budget May Exceed Tax Cap

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The Saranac Lake Free Library is run by Pete Benson.. He is presenting the Library’s budget to the School Board as part of an ongoing bottom up review of the Shool’s budget and while the library budget is a separate line item and must also meet it’s own tax cap requirements, in the upcoming budget,…

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City of Plattsburgh Adjusts Zoning Laws

With an RFP for hotel projects near the Airport under their belts without much response, the City of Plattsburgh is looking to strengthen their ability to work with companies that may be interested in locating a facility in the city… Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon says they’re looking to accommodate changes if necessary to the zoning…

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K&J – Team Plattsburgh, A Collaboration Between City and Town

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The City of Plattsburgh and the Town of Plattsburgh are developing a new level of collaboration called Team Plattsburgh..  At a special meeting of councilors and department heads the two municipalities began to work on the questions of sharing resources, specialized skills, contributing to efficiency and effectiveness of local government and achieving cost reductions based…

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Council Reviews Plattsburgh’s Sidewalk Clearing Policy

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Snow is melting this weekend but the topic of slippery sidewalks isn’t going away..  Especially in Plattsburgh where the City Council is deliberating on the question of how to deal with residents who are required to clear their sidewalks..  The discussion begins with Councilwoman Becky Kasper referring to the code itself as a starting point…

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Discussing Fire Districts in the North Country

The Town of Harrietstown is hosting a public presentation on the formation of a regional fire district in the Auditorium at the Harrietstown Town Hall..  Currently the Village of Saranac Lake is responsible for the department and the village also has the taxing authority for the Fire Department Budget..  Village Trustee Allie Pelliteiri says he…

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Plattsbrugh City Clerk Retires

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Plattsburgh’s City Clerk Keith Herkalo is retiring after 23 years and receives a standing ovation from the audience at Thursday’s Meeting of the City Council… During the meeting, Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon read a citation from the New York State Assembly and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey.. In addition to the City Clerk’s position, Herkalo’s resume includes…

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K&J – Broadband Survey Continues in Harrietstown / Franklin

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Today we head to the Supervisors office in the Town of Harrietstown for an in depth look at how access to the internet can have a profound effect on a population base..  In Franklin County, The Town of Harrietstown and the Town of Franklin are engaged in reaching out to their population base.. Asking residents…

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K&J – Considering a Home Improvement Tax Credit

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Saranac Lake Village Trustee Paul VanCott is pushing the introduction of a credit for Saranac Lake homeowners who invest more than $3,000 into their home. The Home Improvement Tax Credit is a proposal he has offered to the Village Board in Saranac Lake for discussion. “The Idea,” VanCott says during the K&J show, “Is to…

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Analyzing Broadband in Franklin County

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Town of Franklin Supervisor Art Wilman and Harrietstown Supervisor Bob Bevilacqua are reaching out to property owners in their Towns and asking them to to take part in a brief survey evaluating internet service over the next month.  FranklinCounty legislator Barb Rice says “The goal of the survey is to collect data to support a…

K&J – A Changing Paradigm for Plattsburgh’s City Council

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The City of Plattsburgh is reinventing their vision for the Dock Street Landing site and the rest of the city owned waterfront on Lake Champlain. Counselor Josh Kretzer Explains in Thursday Evening’s Work session.. “We’re hoping to join with other leaders in the region to help coordinate planning for the waterfront.” Bob Smith from Vision2Action and…

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K&J – Tupper Lake Chamber President Adam Budreau

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The Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce has been through a changing of the guard in the last 8 months and their work is focused on re-defining Destination Marketing and Tourism for the region and strengthening their mission of advocacy and support of local business…  Today on the K&J show we’ll speak with the Chamber’s new…

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A Snowy Beginning to the Torch Run – This Morning in Tupper Lake

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With the Empire State Winter Games only a day away, The Official Torch will make it’s way from Tupper Lake through Saranac Lake and then into the Community of Lake Placid for the Opening Ceremonies of the Games which will be held in the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena at the Olympic Center.. Michel Clement is…

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The Max Moore Memorial Tree House

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If you’ve ever wondered about building a tree house in your backyard, There’s a plan in the works on the SaranacRiver in Plattsburgh to build a Universally Accessible tree house for all to enjoy… It’s named after local pediatrician Dr Heidi Moore’s late wheelchair bound son Max who always wanted to play in a tree…

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Winter Carnival Library Book Sale Begins Thursday

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The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival provides an opportunity for many organizations to hold regular events as part of their annual fund raising efforts. The Saranac Lake Free Library has been taking advantage of the Winter Carnival routine in Saranac Lake for more than 20 years. Peter Benson is the Library’s Director, he says the library…

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Plattsburgh City Marina Plans Stalled

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Councilors in The City of Plattsburgh are slowing down on the question of developing a City Marina by the Spring of 2014…    Two resolutions both failed to get a majority of the votes, one in favor of retaining Nav marine to manage the facility and the other in favor of  Plattsburgh Boat Basin, which manages…

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