Planners look at open space

Members of the public had a chance to speak about the trail connections from the LFTC site to the county Zim Smith Trail. Although the representatives agreed that such a connection was valuable and important to the area, they were also adamant that facilitating that connection was out of their control. Amendment No. 10 seeks to relieve them from a formal requirement to complete this connection.

We don't control the real property involved, said Lemery. "There is no money in the budget. We can't make it happen. It is not in the purview of what we can get accomplished."

Director of Parks and Recreation Audrey Ball asked the planning board to recommend to the town board that the requirement remain, and asked that it suggest a completion date for the project. Noting the influx of funding that has come into the project from other outside sources, Ball said the funding needed to facilitate the design and construction of the proposed trail connection will come from somewhere else if it is left in the legislation.

"It's got to remain in here or it will never get done," said Ball. She went on to commend the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation for the job it is doing for the planning process involving businesses in the LFTC site, but reminded the planning board that the town must push forward the planning of community uses on the same site.

"You are making decisions that will impact the lives of all of us in this region," said Julie Stokes, chairman of the board of directors for Saratoga P.L.A.N. Calling the Zim Smith Trail a critical component of the country trail system and the LFTC site as a means of connection to Stillwater, she said her organization has been working proactively to create an interconnected trail system.

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