Bethlehem to become site of two studies

Lighting would likely be by LED, a more brilliant and energy efficient method, which is where the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority would be involved in the analysis.

The study will involve the DOT, RPI LRC ad other groups, but Bullough said the team would be interested in hearing from the community as well, which is one reason why they approached the town. The intersection is owned by the state, so they technically don't need Bethlehem's permission to do the work.

"We think it's important to have the support of the town and community it's happening in," said Bullough.

The Town Board took a 4-0 vote at the Tuesday, Nov. 23, meeting in support of the project, with Councilman Mark Jordan absent.

"Any time Bethlehem can have an opportunity to engage in outreach with this work, even experimental work, it's a good idea," said Supervisor Sam Messina.

Groups will seek grant for Bethlehem study

The Town Board also gave its blessing to Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) and the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy to conduct a study in town to examine transfer of development rights in Saratoga and Albany counties.

"We think this would be an ideal community to do an analysis of this," said Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy's Jill Knapp. "We're hoping to make a strong case of how this could work in other communities in Albany County."

TDRs, wherein a landowner agrees not to develop land for certain period of time in return for incentives like tax breaks, play a big role in most efforts to preserve open space, and were part of a report compiled by the town's Citizens Advisory Committee on Conservation on ways to preserve open space.

The study wouldn't require any monetary contribution on the part of the town. The roughly $40,000 study cost would be covered by a state Environmental Protection Fund grant and matching funds provided by the two land conservancy groups.

The board voted 4-0 to support the groups' efforts to secure those grant monies.

"It's a good thing, I think, what we're doing this on a more regional basis," said Councilman Mark Hennessey.""

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