"This [GlobalFoundries] is a big project coming forward in the town. Let's figure out how we want to grow and figure out how we want to do it because the town will grow and we have to be ready," said Miller.
Currently planned for downtown are various apartments, lofts, townhouses and brownstones that would help accommodate the labor and residents that the GlobalFoundries plant will attract.
Councilman Peter Klotz said he is against Sausville's proposal and is confused as to why the downtown development plan is being made an issue.
"I don't think it's a necessary plan of changes. There was a plan and zoning put into place over a number of years by lots of different people and experts that we've hired," said Klotz. "I'm willing to listen to what Sausville has to say, but I'm not convinced we need what he's proposing."
Former councilwoman Sue Daley-Nolen stepped down from the Town Board last year after serving for 16 years. She said that Sausville didn't have the votes to approve those changes when he first proposed them, and it's foolish to try again.
"It took a lot of thought and people involved and money to set up this plan. To think that he'd be able to just change everything is not good planning for the people in Malta," said Daley-Nolen, who ran against Sausville in November for position of supervisor.
Controversy is surrounding a statement by Sausville that he circulated a survey to residents about the downtown development. He said nine out of 10 residents responded they would prefer a "hamlet-like town," but some are calling into question just how many residents were polled.
Daley-Nolen said if Sausville did put out a survey as part of his campaign, she'd like to see the questions and know who paid for it.