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Colonie creates stimulus \wish list

As part of the project, the town is hoping to improve a portion of Sand Creek Road from Wolf Road to Osborne Road. The town began working on those improvements in the mid-1990s, but funding ran out before it was complete. The town is hoping to use stimulus funds for resurfacing, concrete curbing and sidewalk installation, as well as repairs to sewer lines and drainage improvements on that stretch of road.

The town has asked for $15 million in stimulus money to address issues with the town landfill. It is estimated that work on the landfill could create about 35 jobs.

The landfill has nearly reached its full capacity, and according to the project plan, it is ready to be closed. The closure project could take between 18 and 24 months and should help reduce the emission of landfill gases at the site. The project is expected to cost at least $8 million.

While the one landfill is being closed, the town needs to prepare for a second landfill location.

Work on this project would be completed between 12 and 18 months and come at a cost of about $7 million.

While some projects listed are ready for construction and development immediately, others have looser time constraints, Gannon said, and the stimulus money provided would be used to help get the town started on the projects.

"Some of them aren't ready to go, but there are steps that can be taken to get us on our way," he said.

Gannon said town officials wanted to make sure they were vocal in indicating what their priorities are. "Even before this global crisis started, we had encountered our own financial crisis in the town," said Gannon.

Some of the other projects on the town's wish list include system upgrades to the pure waters plant, (at about $7.5 million) an upgrade to a unified telecommunications system throughout the town ($3.2 million), replacing town vehicles with hybrid versions ($180,000), a police command vehicle ($1 million) and a library expansion, including a 250-seat multi-use theater ($7 million).

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