Economic development key to supervisor's strategic plan
Glenville's commercial corridor saw growth during the past year, and Supervisor Christopher Koetzle said he is looking to build on that and strengthen business development to help ease the tax burden on residents.
Koetzle has drafted a strategic plan for the current year, which he previewed to the media Wednesday, March 2, with the vision to grow the commercial community, focus on town finances and improve services provided to residents. Director of Operations James MacFarland noted the Town Board's current platform for economic development is represented in the plan, which plays a vital role in what direction the town will pursue. Koetzle said that while some goals might be lofty or difficult to achieve, he thought it was important to include all of the town's goals.
The best way to alleviate the tax burden on our residents right now is to shift more of the tax sharing onto the business community, and we have to bring in more businesses to achieve that, said Koetzle. "These businesses have still said they want to invest in Glenville and there is a reason for that you look around and there is great movement and activity in the town, and that is because I think people recognize there is a growth opportunity for business right now."
The cornerstone of economic development in the town currently is Target moving into the former Kmart site on Route 50, which will be an approximate $17 million investment in the town. The town is still looking at drainage issues in anticipation of Target's relocation to the site " a problem that was apparent when a rainstorm resulted in flooding at the Glenville Queen Diner next to the Target property " but officials say they believe they have tackled the issue.
"We are fairly optimistic that we solved that problem and that was an important problem to solve to facilitate economic development on Route 50," said Koetzle. "We are going to have to keep an eye on it to make sure there is no flooding in the future."