Sen. Little secures millions for North Country: State budget sends $2 million to region PDF Print E-mail
Written by KIM SMITH DEDAM, Staff Writers   
Friday, April 06, 2007


The funding secured by Sen. Betty Little (R,C,I-Queensbury) includes money for these local projects:

American Legion Post 20: $30,000 for expansion and repair of the facility.
American Veterans Chapter 179: $2,000 for landscaping and benches for Plattsburgh Barracks Memorial Park.
Village of Champlain: $30,000 for a shared-services water and sewer project with Rouses Point.
Clinton County Federation of Fish and Game Clubs: $5,000 for education programs.
Clinton County Office for the Aging: $40,000 for a senior-citizens van and $20,000 to support the Respite Caregivers Program.
Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District: $2,000 for a computer system and software.
Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System: $25,000 to upgrade computer systems and software.
Glenwood Cemetery Association: $25,000 for restoration of historic Pliny Moore gazebo.
North Country Workforce Partnership: $50,000 for a handicapped-access ramp and restoration of existing structure.
Peru Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 309: $8,000 for facility repairs and replacement of air-conditioning unit.
Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce: $50,000 for the Quebec-New York Corridor Coalition initiative.
Village of Rouses Point: $30,000 for development of the downtown park, lake access and public dockage.
Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society: $10,000 for restoration of the former D&H Railway Station.
Town of Plattsburgh District No. 3 Fire Department: $21,000 to purchase four self-contained breathing apparatus units.

Adirondack Film Society: $5,000 for a marketing program.
Ballard Park Foundation: $5,000 for costs associated with land work at Ballard Park in Westport.
Cornell Cooperative Extension: $10,000 for emergency repairs to facility and development of construction plan.
The Depot Theatre: $30,000 for improvements to the theater, installation of air conditioning and audio equipment.
Eagle Lake Property Owners: $10,000 for Eurasian water milfoil eradication.
Elizabethtown Volunteer Fire Department: $8,000 to purchase equipment for maintenance and protection of fire gear.
Essex County: $50,000 for construction and equipment for Essex County Veterans Cemetery.
Keeseville Elks Lodge 2072: $30,000 for construction of handicapped ramp and repairs to structure.
Lake Placid Institute: $5,000 for a Chamber Music Seminar and student photography project.
The Lake Placid Sinfonietta: $5,000 for the summer music festival "senior concert."
Village of Lake Placid: $18,000 for the Lake Placid Central Main Street design plan.
Lakes to Locks Passage: $10,000 for regional visitor information and interpretive signage for the Byways program.
Town of Moriah: $50,000 for water-line replacement in Water District 2.
Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce: $5,000 to buy a copy machine.
Town of Schroon: $75,000 for restoration and repairs to the town's historic bandstand.
Syracuse Symphony Orchestra: $20,000 for support of the North Country Tour concert series.
Town of Ticonderoga: $50,000 for costs associated with construction of Park Avenue sewer project.
Town of Willsboro: $15,000 to purchase three "Speed-Board" signs.

Adirondack Medical Center: $100,000 for the Mobile Health Clinic.
Bombay Historical Society: $2,500 to purchase office and storage equipment for an archival project.
Town of Bombay: $7,000 for costs associated with construction of pole building at town park.
Town of Brandon: $15,000 to purchase energy-efficient equipment for the highway garage.
Town of Burke: $15,000 for repairs of playing fields and replacement of a fence at Sellar's Field Park.
Town of Dickinson: $15,000 to replace the heating system in the town highway garage, which serves as an emergency shelter.
Duane Volunteer Fire Department: $20,000 for costs associated with purchase of a pumper fire truck.
Town of Duane: $7,000 for development of town park and nature trails.
First Night Saranac Lake: $5,000 for costs associated with organization and marketing of event.
Town of Fort Covington: $5,000 for costs associated with construction of storage building.
Franklin County Agricultural Society: $20,000 for improvements to fairgrounds, including new rook for grandstand building.
Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES: $20,000 to support a learning program.
Town of Malone: $50,000 for costs associated with installation of pump station, Route 11 west sewer district.
Town of Moira: $10,000 for purchase of highway equipment.
Next Stop, Tupper Lake Coalition: $15,000 in costs associated with construction of new railroad depot.
River Corridor Commission: $15,000 for completion of pedestrian walkway connecting parkland to downtown businesses.
Saranac Lake Civic Center: $25,000 for costs associated with renovations and repairs of the facility.
Society for the Promotion of the Winter Carnival: $5,000 for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.
Village of Tupper Lake: $50,000 for repair and replacement of village sidewalks.
Town of Waverly: $10,000 for restoration of footbridge at St. Regis Falls Scenic Campsite.
Town of Westville: $5,000 to purchase equipment and make repairs at Town Hall.

PLATTSBURGH — Sen. Betty Little secured $2 million in funding for the North Country in the recently passed state budget.
The "member items" will be dispersed to a wide range of projects, including town water infrastructure, fire department equipment, town park landscaping, a theater upgrade and the purchase of copy machines.


Depot Theatre in Westport will receive $30,000 in matching-grant funds to install air conditioning and for audio equipment for the visually impaired.
Depot Theatre Artistic Director Shami McCormick was thrilled.
"It started out a very gloomy day," she said Thursday, "until I picked up the mail."
Entering its 29th season, the summer theater, which is built in what once was a warehouse in the Westport train depot, has often thrown doors open on hot summer nights to try to cool the house.
"Having gone through several challenging incidents with heat, we're very happy," McCormick said. "Especially given that the temperature is often over 100 degrees on stage."
Thanks to Little, she said, along with gifts from patrons and company actors, enough funding is in place to install air conditioning.
"We will get the interior temperature down to about 72 degrees," McCormick said. "We're going to have hot performances this summer in a cool theater. It will be great for our audience. As the theater thrives, so does the community."
Some of the funding will purchase house audio-description equipment for the blind, allowing Depot Theatre to expand performance dates for sight-impaired patrons.


In Lake Placid, an $18,000 grant for Main Street redevelopment will be used to begin design review of architectural plans.
The plan, revealed in late March, includes adding a village center park and several parking lots.
The improvements would realign Olympic Drive and create connecting pedestrian paths between north and south Main Street.
Angel Granger, community development planning officer, said the funding will move the project toward cost analysis.
"It means we can proceed to design. We need more detail than we currently have to know how the projects will fit together. It also means we can obtain cost estimates for some of the construction."
Community planners have intended to move the project forward in step with construction of the new conference center and the new Adirondack museum.


Among the member items given to Northern Tier Communities is $30,000 — $10,000 each to the Town of Champlain and its two villages of Rouses Point and Champlain — as the matching share for each toward a $270,000 Shared Municipal Services Incentive Program grant.
The funding will pay for development of a public water and sewer infrastructure management plan.
Little, a driving force behind the move to get communities collaborating, proposed earmarking the funds for the purpose, said Michael Tetreault Jr., who chairs the C²RP Shared Services Committee that won the grant.
"We're happy to be able to thank Betty Little for her ongoing support," said committee member and Rouses Point Trustee Jean Birtz.
"She's really helped on the shared services from day 1," said Champlain Councilor Jules Trahan, another member.

downtown lake access

Little also favored Rouses Point with $30,000 toward development of lake access from downtown with a park and public dockage.
"Oh, that's great news," said Director of Community Development Melissa McManus. "It will be very helpful."
The money will be added to a $97,000 State Parks and Recreation grant won last by the Rouses Point in winter 2006 for land acquisition and development of the project, she said. The village will get moving on it once the contract for the grant arrives from the state.


And Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society won $10,000 for the former D&H station on Pratt Street, which is earmarked for a museum.
The funds will supplement Historical Society money and probably more from a fund-raiser, said McManus, to replace the roof on the structure, which is a National Historic Register site.
"This aid from Senator Little could not have come at a more important time," McManus said, noting the urgency of the project.


With $25,000 from Little, David Patrick can move an historic gazebo from the lawn of Clark Funeral Home in the Village of Champlain to Glenwood Cemetery on Oak Street.
"I'm very, very happy right now," he said upon hearing the news.
Along with money he's raises selling his historic Champlain calendars, the $25,000 will pay to move and restore the circa 1801 summerhouse, which is likely the oldest structure in the village.
"I'm delighted we are preserving another piece of Champlain history," said Clinton County Area One Legislator Celine Paquette, who supported Patrick's application to Little's office.
Patrick, she said, "has worked very hard to preserve this and has done a lot of research on it."



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