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Sept. 1, 2004

Committee Meets Sept. 15 to Discuss Community Plan for Sandy Creek

SANDY CREEK -- Nestled in the northwestern corner of Oswego County, the town of Sandy Creek is a patchwork of beautiful sandy beaches, rolling farmland, wooded areas, and perhaps most unique - two separate villages in the downtown business district.

For over a year now, a group of community leaders has been working to develop a strategic plan for Sandy Creek. The group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept.15 at the Sandy Creek Town Hall on Harwood Drive. The public is welcome to attend and share their ideas.

Last fall the town of Sandy Creek, with assistance from the Oswego County Department of Planning and Community Development, received a $9,000 grant from the Governor's Office for Small Cities to develop the strategic plan.

"We are looking for positive improvements in our town to help us plan for the future," said Town Supervisor Margaret Kastler.

A committee that includes representatives of both villages, the town, school district and local businesses is working with Donna Scanlon, Director of Community Development Programs, and Senior Planner Karen Noyes in the county Department of Planning and Community Development.

"The committee has already identified several issues that affect economic development and growth in the community," said Kastler. "The community will prioritize these issues, identify resources, and develop strategies to attain our goals."

Some of the issues include:

  • The need to expand the local calling area. Telephone customers in the Sandy Creek exchange pay long-distance charges to call most other areas of Oswego County and the Syracuse and Watertown areas.
  • Survey housing conditions to document the need for a housing rehabilitation program. Many of the homes are older and in need of repair.
  • Promote the town as a four-season destination for recreational activities.
  • Improve signage for recreational attractions.
  • Continue to improve facilities for Sandy Island Beach State Park so the park is better promoted and better utilized.
  • Establish a town water/sewer district.
  • Continue efforts to renovate and preserve the former railroad depot in Lacona.
  • Inventory conditions of existing buildings and survey residents regarding services and improvements they would like to see.

A visual survey of Sandy Creek's main street, U.S. Route 11, was completed in July. A written survey will be distributed to determine the feasibility of homeowner improvement grants, and to give citizens another vehicle to voice their ideas.

"We want to create an open forum for people's concerns and how we might address them," said Scanlon. "A strategic planning process is essential to developing a comprehensive vision plan for the town of Sandy Creek."

Additional meetings will be announced this fall. For more information, call the Sandy Creek town office, phone 387-5456, or the County Department of Planning and Community Development at 349-8292 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 8292.

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