Sarah’s Snippets 12/19
Great News! On Thursday, December 11, 2014 Schoharie County was named the winner of a $149,876 grant to study the feasibility of constructing a multi-purpose recreational trail along the Schoharie Creek basin from North Blenheim to Esperance. The dream of a trail along the basin has been gaining momentum for years. While Schoharie Area Long Term, Inc. (SALT) will be the lead agency on the study, with the endorsement of dozens of area residents, organizations, officials, and businesses, the trail will be a true local, regional, and state collaboration. Designed with flood mitigation, conservation, and handicap accessibility features the trail will utilize a holistic approach to long-term recovery, economic development and community renewal.
Soliciting community input and developing a detailed and realistic plan for the design and construction of the trail are goals of the one-year feasibility study, scheduled to begin in January. The study is financed as part of a $709.2 million economic development initiative through New York State’s ten Regional Economic Councils. The Councils are public-private partnerships of local stakeholders whose task is to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth that reflect the distinct characteristics of each region. You can learn more about the project and add your voice to the community conversation about the trail by taking a short, online survey at www.saltdevelopment.org/survey
Many thanks and congratulations to staff member Jerrine Corallo for her efforts in putting this grant together, assisted by VISTA Robin Ressler and others While we call this the trail feasibility study, the trail is actually the vehicle that will help facilitate long term economic development and community renewal as the next essential phase of long-term recovery. Dreams for the trail include spurs that will reach into each community to encourage trail users to “shop local”; ideas for niche businesses that will support the recreational uses developed along the creek; year round recreational opportunity development including competitive courses and handicap accessible resources; proper mitigation work along the creek to optimize the long-term life and health of the creek; multiple tourism opportunites; and inclusion of green technology. All of these things, plus the many ideas that will be developed during the study, will help focus positive efforts on developing the creek as the huge resource it can be for the county.
Excitement for a local family! SALT resource director, Ken Dingee, and volunteers have been actively working to create a kitchen for a family whose house suffered severe damage during the flooding following Irene. The walls, tile floor, cabinets and counters have been installed with resources from SALT and partners. Now all they need are their appliances. We are excited to announce that money has been collected to purchase a range for the family. Now we are hoping to collect enough more to put the other necessary appliances into the kitchen in the near future.
The family has spent many hours of diligent effort rehabbing their kitchen alongside the SALT volunteers. They are grateful for the assistance and excited to be so close to having this part of their damaged house completed. Have you made all of your year-end donations? If not, perhaps a donation to purchase an appliance would end your year in the perfect way!
Mark your calendar now: The Bounty of the County gala weekend is scheduled for June 27 & 28!