Chinian (Saratoga P.L.A.N.), Terry Conway (PTNY), Dave Gehrs (CDTA), Jim Levy
(Latham resident), Henrietta O’Grady (Halfmoon Trails), Don Odell (Albany
Bicycling Coalition), John Stangle (Town of Colonie), Jennifer Viggiani (Town
of Clifton Park), Jared Wells (Niskayuna Safe Routes), Teresa LaSalle (CDTC), Jason Purvis (CDTC)
1.0 AGENDA AND MEETING NOTES REVIEW
The minutes from January’s meeting were approved without
changes. (February’s meeting was cancelled)
2.0 NEW BUSINESS
2.1 Presentation of SaratogaCountyGreen Infrastructure Plan:
Chinian, Saratoga P.L.A.N.
led an informal discussion regarding the plan and provided relevant handouts,
including a County Trails System Concept Map.
plan consists of four sections with one section focusing on trails.SaratogaCounty has met with the Rails
to Trails Conservancy regarding the plan and has been placed on a list of
projects with the possibility of being funded.Several local organizations are involved in creating future trails,
along with Saratoga P.L.A.N..Jeff Olson incorporated the plan
into CDTC’s Regional Greenway Concept.The next steps include helping the towns identify and implement priority
projects as well as encouraging towns to include the principles of the plan in
their comprehensive plans.The plan was
adopted by the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors in December of 2006.
obtain more information, please visit: www.saratogaplan.org
Document—Information handed out at meeting:J. Purvis reported that in order to meet new
federal requirements under SAFETEA-LU, CDTC is in the process of updating
several aspects of the New Visions 2030 Plan, including the Bike/Ped Toolbox
Document.A handout of the draft Task
Force recommendations was provided to attendees for review.Task members who were not present were mailed
a notification regarding the opportunity to comment on the recommendations.Comments are due by March 30th.The full document is available on CDTC’s
on the Bike/Ped Task Force
page.The document is on the agenda for
approval at CDTC’s April Planning Committee
2.3 Trail Survey Document--status:J. Purvis noted that CDTC is expecting to
receive a final draft of the report from CDRPC within the next few days.Jason will be presenting the results of the
Trail Survey at the Creating Walkable Communities Conference in Corning on April 18th, 2007.The final document should be available by the
end of March.Once finalized, the
document will be distributed to CDTC’s Planning and Policy Committees and local
municipalities.The final document will
also be available on CDTC’s website.
2.4 Other New Business:
Purvis reported that CDTC has been asked to comment on the final design report
of a NYS Canalway project involving resigning and repaving a 4.2 mile section
of the Canalway trail in Schenectady.Contact Jason for more information or to provide comments.
O’Grady noted that the Town of Halfmoon has named Mindy
Wormuth as the new town supervisor.
Viggiani reported that the Town of Clifton Park has recently held several open
space meetings and residents are consistently identifying trails as a
priority.Residents would like to see
more trails in general and specifically more nature trails and trails with
Gehrs noted that CDTA’s buses are now equipped with fare boxes that are
programmed to count users of the on bus bike racks.Drivers will start counting users in April by
route and date.
3.0 UPCOMING EVENTS
The next CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian
Task Force meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at the CDTC Offices.