Parks commission presents ten year plan

During the Rotterdam town board meeting at the Fire House of the Rotterdam Junction Fire District 1, Ron Severson of the Rotterdam Parks and Recreation commission presented a ten year plan on improving the parks in the town.

The ten year plan includes three goals: using the existing parks and conservation areas as the bones of the project alongside strategic acquisitions to implement the plan, ensure an effective parks and recreation program with the creation of a separate Parks, Recreations, and Community Program Department within the town budget and minimize the impact on property taxes for the implementation of the plan. Severson said that he wants to see community input into the ten year plan and used the renovation of the Woestina Park in Rotterdam Junction as an example of community involvement in the renovation of parks in Rotterdam.

"There's an awful lot we can do and the Woestina Park is a great example of what we can do," said Severson.

Severson also talked about the creation of a general use park, multi-sport and multi-team facilities, and the creation of a year-round Activity and Recreation Center. Residents will be able to leave comments and suggestions at the town hall for the comprehensive plan.

"We definitely want everyone's input in this," said Severson.

The park commission, which was created in April of 2009, will hold two more presentations to residents in the town on Thursday, June 3, at the Rotterdam Senior Center and Saturday, June 5, at the Rotterdam Town Hall.

In other news:

The town board called for a public hearing to be held on Wednesday, June 9, at 7 p.m. to discuss the town's participation in a proposed Schenectady County Unified Communications Center for the dispatch of law enforcement, protection services and emergency medical services.

The town board authorized the town attorney to enter into a settlement agreement in the matter of Rite Aid Corporation vs. The Town of Rotterdam, reducing the assed value of the 1427 Altamont Avenue property from $1,975,000 to $1,600,000.

The town board approved the creation of a fiver person committee for the Brownfield Opportunity Area Study for Rotterdam Junction.

The Rotterdam Town Board will meet again on Wednesday, June 9, at 7 p.m.


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