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Mahan reflects on 2011

Alyssa Jung

— Colonie also celebrated some non-monetary successes this year.

“The paving and drainage plan … it’s a five-year plan and 2011 was the second year and it proved to be very productive,” said Mahan.

In two years, 26 total road miles have been paved and 74 storm water management projects were completed.

“We’ve received a lot of positive feedback on the improvements on our roads and we’re hoping once again, weather permitting, that 2012 will be another productive year,” said Mahan.

Making improvements to the Latham traffic circle is the next big infrastructure project on the horizon, with Mahan hoping for work to start by summer.

Redevelopment in town has been a priority and Mahan said she expects it to remain at the top of the list in 2012.

“It makes sense because we don’t want to be taking more land when we have areas that could be improved and really be redeveloped,” said Mahan.

She pointed to the Fresh Market Commons at the corner of Route 9 and 155 as a shining example.

“(That) was underutilized for years and so by redeveloping that entire corner, it really created a focal point and a gateway to that part of the town.”

A vacant area that could see some redevelopment attention in 2012 is near Route 9 and Columbia Street Extension where the old Starlite Theater used to sit.

“There’s a lot of land around it and we have a proposal for redevelopment of that parcel,” said Mahan.

The old water treatment plan near the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Hike Path is set to be demolished in the spring and Mahan said the town is planning to create a “passive park” with open green space.

“A connection to the bike path which will offer people another option to park there,” said Mahan. “That’ll be a nice improvement.”

Now, her focus is strictly on propelling the Town of Colonie forward.

“Going into 2012 without a deficit is just a major accomplishment for the entire community. … We’re in a positive direction for construction,” said Mahan.

Raising the quality of life bar for residents and shining light on the town’s assets is a never-ending objective, too.

“This is a great community to live in, raise your family. It’s great for businesses … We have excellent schools, we offer outstanding services and low taxes compared to neighboring municipalities,” said Mahan. “All the ingredients are there.”

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