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HALFMOON: OKs river vision plan

"I feel that this plan complements the town comprehensive plan," Henrietta O'Grady, the town's trails committee chairwoman, said. "It also provides what the public has requested, and that is more access to the rivers, while at the same time it is very sensitive to the historic character of some of the neighborhoods and the historic sites on the rivers."

Councilman Jim Bold also voiced his support for the plan.

"It's bringing us back on the map and it's really gratifying as members of the board and community to see not only the river cleaned up, to see the shoreline and access points," Bold said. "To see the people sitting there having a coffee and enjoying the action on the river, five or 10 years ago you didn't see that."

Ronsvalle said the next step in the project is to secure grants to make the recommendations a reality.

"I've had an opportunity to talk to some of the grant-making organizations in the state and they were very complimentary of the town having taken this step of really creating this kind of plan and really trying to set a blueprint for the future," Ronsvalle said. "This was the easy part." ""

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