Glenville officials hope to look ahead in ’13, prepare for future

Sunday, November 25, 2012
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— Bringing in more businesses and planning for sewer needs top Glenville’s to-do list for 2013.

Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said many items in the town’s strategic plan were accomplished this year, but there is more work to do. Town officials want to fill vacant spaces such as the Friendly’s restaurant on Route 50.

Deputy Supervisor Alan Boulant said he has someone interested in opening a restaurant but can’t afford the price tag for the land.

Koetzle said he would like to implement a “rapid response team,” that could meet with developers so they could have all their questions answered in one place, rather than having to bounce around the different land use boards.

Marketing the town is also a high priority, according to Koetzle. PC Public Affairs is finishing the marketing plan for the town.

Koetzle also said he wants to focus on improving business facades and perhaps hosting another forum for developers.

Director of Operations James MacFarland said the town should get some of the more developable sites along Freemans Bridge Road essentially shovel ready.

Town officials say another priority is to explore the possibility of a joint sewer plant with Scotia. Currently, both municipalities discharge sewer to the city of Schenectady.

Public Works Commissioner Tom Coppola said a goal of extending sewer lines up Route 50 is also tied to what Glenville is going to do with its wastewater.

He said the town is doing well on its paving program. It wants to get back on a regular schedule of paving a certain section of the town every year.

“We don’t want to pick and choose streets to be done,” he said.

Now, the next priority is to upgrade the vehicle fleet, according to Coppola.

Koetzle said he also would like the town to host more community events in the park.

Board member John Pytlovany, who serves as board liaison to the police department, said Chief Pete Frisoni’s goal is to begin the process of becoming an accredited department.

Koetzle said he would like to draft the 2013 goals before the end of this year. He is seeking public input, and people who have ideas can email him at or call 688-1200.

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