SALT Development coordinates collaborative regional projects that develop disaster resilience and accentuate existing local assets.
Trails & Tales of Schoharie County Website Accessibility Project
SALT Development has been awarded a $15,000 grant by The Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Fund for the Disabled of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region to make the Trails to Tales of Schoharie County website more accessible for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, have photosensitivity, low vision, and/or other disabilities. In addition, SALT has secured funds from the Golub Foundation, Humanities NY and a local donor as match for the project.
SALT Development will be partnering with Schoharie ARC staff and the people they serve to gather feedback on how the website can be improved. In addition, the website will be updated to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, the international standard for making online content usable for people with disabilities. Closed captioning will also be added to video and audio clips on the website. Users are currently able to access various cultural trails and accompanying videos and audio clips about local assets. Over 100 video and audio clips have been produced.
Central Bridge Planning Project – On behalf of the Towns of Esperance and Schoharie, SALT is administering the following community development planning process focused on housing and streetscape improvements in the residential hamlet of Central Bridge. The project engages local leaders, municipal officials, universities, regional community planning, landscape architecture and/or engineering firms, as well as residents in community planning for four (4) focus areas. These include: 1) Inventory of Assets and Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis; 2) Produce Streetscape Plan including conceptual designs, cost estimates and a matrix of implementation funding sources; 3) Housing Conditions and Vacant Property Assessment Survey and Report with recommendations and matrix of implementation funds; and 4) Community Center SWOT Analysis. For more information contact Jerrine Corallo at JerrineC@SALTdevelopment.org.
Blighted Property Selection Committee – SALT recognizes that housing is a fundamental element of a healthy community. Vacant properties continue to negatively impact the quality of life in our communities. The Blighted Property Selection Committee will solicit, review and select properties for submission to the Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank Project Selection Committee for rehabilitation, demolition, deconstruction or stabilization. To get involved contact Jerrine at JerrineC@SALTdevelopment.org.
Kits for Kids – School-Aged Preparedness Kits & Workshops – details from SALT’s Preparedness Committee about this year’s program coming soon!
Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) Standard Operating Procedures – In the event of a future disaster, Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services has asked SALT to stand up and coordinate a VRC. A VRC is a location where spontaneous, unaffiliated disaster volunteers can come and register, and from there they are referred to local agencies to assist with relief efforts.
Schoharie Creek Trail Feasibility Study – SALT, in partnership with Schoharie County Planning, NYS Department of State and dozens of other partners, is facilitating an exciting asset based community and economic renewal venture to analyze the ecological, legal and economic feasibility of a 38- mile multi-use trail connecting assets and communities from Esperance to Blenheim.