Gus goes home to Malta family

Mary Pellerin said that she hopes to bring Gus home before her daughter turns 11 on Sept. 10. All that remains to be done is the installation of some fencing, and then the quest will be at an end.

There are currently no other special use applications before the Planning Board, but Bailey expressed hope that more horse-loving residents will come forward now that the door has been opened.

"I think now people have the idea that it's not a massive undertaking," she said. "If people have a plan, do the research and try to do it the right way, it can be done."

Bank headquarters plans

The Planning Board also heard a proposal from an Oneonta-based bank for a regional headquarters to be constructed on Route 9 in Malta.

The banker is now entering the approval process after meeting with town officials several times before, and the board got a chance to see its vision for the structure.

Though Wilber National Bank has branches across the state, its presence in the Capital District is not overpowering. There is a branch in Halfmoon, newly opened last May.

"If you didn't go to college in Oneonta, you may have never heard of Wilber National Bank," said Robert Hayes, senior vice president of mortgage lending and market development for Wilber.

Wilber has plans to "add additional support" in the Capital District, however. A part of those plans is the three-story regional headquarters. The first floor will house a full spread of banking operations, complete with a three-lane, drive-through teller, while the second and third floors will accommodate company offices.

Wilber wants to build the structure at 2439 Route 9, right next to the Saratoga Village entrance. The preliminary plan calls for about 150 parking spaces, which some board members felt was excessive, especially considering the headquarters would lie within the boundaries of Malta's burgeoning downtown.

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