Town OKs Central Avenue gateway plans

Director of Planning and Economic Development Joe LaCivita said at this time no department has been designated to maintain the corridor.

"To date, there has been no decision as to who will maintain it," he said, "I know this decision has been lingering."

LaCivita said there could be a whole host of departments that could take care of the gateway and that the town would have to look at the costs of maintaining it.

As far as costs go, LaCivita did not know the exact amount of maintaining the gateway, nor did Wood, though Wood speculated it could cost a few thousand dollars. The maintenance costs of the gateway are the only costs that will fall on the town during this project.

LaCivita said he is hopeful that the town will not have to cover any costs, as it could turn into the type of collaborative project between several different entities.

"We're looking to talk to the business community to see what's going on. It may have no impact on us," he said, "We have to be creative in these financial times."

Plans to spruce up the gateway date back to the previous administration in the Town of Colonie, however were never signed by then-Supervisor Mary Brizzell.

"This isn't a new idea, it was part of the original construction contract," said Wood, "But at the time, we went forward with construction [without the maintenance agreement.] We can't build it without the maintenance agreement, because NYSDOT is not geared to do the maintenance agreement."

According to Wood, the maintenance of these plant-life species should be seemingly low, as pruning is mostly for the health of the tree and the appearance should remain intact with little work.""

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