Thursday, 04 April 2013 14:37

Malta Town Board Discusses Various Proposed Planning District Amendments

By Chelsea DiSchiano | News

MALTA — The Malta Town Board met for their monthly meeting April 2, adopting an amendment to add half an acre of land to the Bishops Square planning development district and conducting a series of various new business, many of them being appointments to new positions and committees. 

A public hearing was held for the historic landmark designation of a house located at 2517 Route 9, which is actually one of the homes where Union army soldier Elmer Ellsworth—the first Union soldier to die in the Civil War—lived for a short period of time. 

The Saratoga County Historical Society originally wanted to mark the home as a landmark designation for those who would like to trace Ellsworth’s life, but the Malta Town Board decided against using “designation language” due to the regulations the homeowner would have to keep up with if it were listed as a designation site in New York State. 

The town board instead wanted to place an informational marker in front of the home as a compromise, but ultimately decided to table the matter after learning that no one knew if a marker could be moved after installation and how much it would cost to move the marker if necessary. The board will address the matter again at next month’s town meeting. 

In other matters, the board met in executive session to discuss the sale of the historic Collamer House located at 450 East High Street in Malta. Three offers were presented by representatives of Pinnacle Realty for the town board to consider. As of press time, negotiations on the sale of the historic home were still underway. 

Malta resident Patty Heidelmark spoke about the proposed PDD amendment application submitted by GlobalFoundries during the final public comment period, stating her concerns about their proposal to add fast track lanes to Dunning Street. 

“Are we seriously entertaining speeding that traffic up on Dunning Street?” Heidelmark asked. “Let’s remember that this is the heart of the Luther Forest residential neighborhood. I hope that the board does all it can to support the building of Exit 11A to keep the traffic off of Dunning Street.”

Councilperson John Hartzell assured Heidelmark that the board has already told GlobalFoundries they do not want to see fast track lanes added to Dunning Street and that the company is looking for other changes to make. 

Several new appointments were also made by the board: Laurie Okinaga was appointed as a member of the Ethics Committee; Sophia Marruso was appointed to a senior planner position (councilmember Tara Thomas chose to abstain from the vote); Nancy Vlahos was appointed to senior planner; Highway Working Supervisor Kevin Thull was awarded a pay rate of $19.25/hour; Bruce Richards was appointed to the maintenance/custodian working supervisor position; Kathy Eitzmann was appointed as HPRC secretary, and Barbara Conner was appointed to the Open Space Agricultural and Trails Committee. 

The Stewart’s Shop #315 (which would be located on Route 67 across from GlobalFoundries) planned development district proposal was deferred to the Planning Board, which will meet again April 23.

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