Clifton Park making improvements with grant funding, seeks more | State

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. Town officials closed out a busy year describing how the towns management of grant money continues to improve residents lives and why the municipality is applying for more.

In two presentations at the Dec. 17 Town Board meeting, Planning Director John Scavo discussed seven grant-funded projects either completed or underway and five new grant applications recently submitted on the towns behalf.

With $50,000 in hand from a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant, the town improved the lighting in its ice arena and at the basketball courts on the Common. With new LED lights in place the town saves on utility costs and reduces energy use.

Using a $416,000 Scenic Byway grant and combining that with a $75,000 state Canal Corporation grant, the town has built a parking area on Clutes Dry Dock on Riverview Road. As the final part of the project, the town will build a pedestrian bridge over the old Erie Canal to the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Erie Canal Connector Trail in the coming year.   

The pedestrian bridge will allow those who wish to walk only part of the trail to park at Clutes Dry Dock and easily get to the connector trail which is in fact, the old canal towpath. The connector trail between the two towns was completed in 2017 and is the result of a $1.68 million grant.

The third award discussed involved planned improvements to Sitterly Road. With $1.82 million in state funding in hand and $100,000 more to come, the towns of Clifton ....

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