Malta accepts downtown plan, still faces opposition

Fenton said she's lost "all faith" in her government leaders and is done worrying about what she can't change and what she feels she never had a say in.

"There are a number of people on that board who, when trying to get elected last year, sat at our homes and 'totally understood' our concerns but in there, they have their own agenda," said Fenton. "I have no respect for anybody on the board who can't stand up for their platforms when they were running."

The neighborhood Fenton said she's losing is perhaps the biggest reason she moved back to the area after spending many years in Maryland.

"We wanted to be in a little nice neighborhood-type community. We didn't want the congestion of Clifton Park or the big city and we don't have any of that now," she said. "I remember what Malta was. I'm not against progress, but I just don't feel like it should have been done at the scale they've done it."

Instead of tall office buildings and apartments lining the streets, Fenton said she'd rather see a "New Englandy" downtown with places to shop and where residents and visitors can walk leisurely on the street.

"It's sad because they took a beautiful little rural downtown and [ruined] it," said Fenton.

Sausville said he shares many of Fenton's sentiments, as do residents who continuously call and e-mail him. They're part of the three major reasons he voted against the downtown plan.

"No. 1 was the feedback I've received from the public that it's out of scale with their wishes and desires they feel to recreate an urban area in our town was catamount to sprawl and they'd rather keep the small town character and charm we have in place," said Sausville, referring to a door-to-door canvass he said he conducted last year.

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