Attendance: Mark Cashman
(MHCC/LAB),Lindsay Childs (Guilderland Pathways), Dominick De Cecco (Retired),
William Mackesey (Town of Clifton Park, SCHTC), Don Odell (Friends of MHBHT),
Barbara Quint (Guilderland Pathways), Elaine Troy (NYSDOH Healthy Heart), Ivan
Vamos (NYBC), Sarah Kurpiel (CDTC), Teresa La Salle (CDTC), Jason Purvis (CDTC)
1.0 AGENDA AND MEETING NOTES REVIEW
April 2003 minutes were approved.
2.0 PROJECTS/PROGRAMS AND OTHER UPDATES
3.0 ONGOING TASKS
3.1 Greenways Grant for Regional Bike Trail:J. Purvis reported that the 2nd
public meeting was held at the CohoesVisitorCenter
on Wednesday, May 7th at The final maps and graphics were available
for viewing at the meeting and at the current bike/ped task force meeting.Jason noted that there was a small turnout
for the meeting and that comments are still being accepted. An executive
summary is available on CDTC’s website.
3.2 CDTC's Bicycle/Pedestrian Priority
Network: The bulk of the meeting was spent discussing the Albany
portions of the proposed additions to the network.T. La Salleprovided a live GIS map of the existing and proposed
facilities.At the June meeting Saratoga
will be reviewed.A summary of changes
will be discussed, once all the counties have been reviewed.
3.3 Game Plan and Toolbox
Update:J. Purvis noted that a small workgroup met on
Tuesday, April 29th to discuss the direction to take in the update
of the Toolbox.S. Kurpiel is gathering
and compiling data to update the charts and graphs.J. Purvis noted that existing maps and tables
will be updated as well.The group is
also in the process of creating an inventory of Comprehensive/Master Plans
within the region and whether or not they address bike/ped elements.The group will continue to research what has
occurred in bike/ped planning in the region since the original 1995
document.The group will meet again on
May 20th and June 18th.
3.4 Canalway Initiative: D. Odell noted
that the next meeting will be held from
on Monday, May 19th at ECOS.D. Odell noted that ECOS has published a 60 page guide to the
Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail titled, “Along the Bike-Hike Trail”.D. Odell also noted that the eastern portion
of the trail in MontgomeryCounty
should be completed by the end of the summer.The western portion is expected to be completed by the summer of 2004.
The Albany Heritage Area received a $5,000 grant for interpretive signage of
the Hudson RiverWayBridge from the Greenway.CSX is abandoning a six mile segment of
railroad tracks in Pattersonville.NYS
Parks is interested in obtaining the segment for trail development.D. Odell noted that SaratogaCounty has sold potential Champlain
Canal Trail lands to private landowners.Lastly, D. Odell noted that Ralph Pascale, City of Cohoes
presented an overview of the NY470 Project.
Pathways Committee: B. Quint reported that the public hearing for the town’s sidewalk
master plan has not been held yet, but will probably take place sometime in
July.B. Quint reported that she had
received a phone call from Gene Messercola, CountyLegislator, who is on the Public Works
Committee.He informed her that the
Committee has approved a contract to repair and remodel the French’s MillRoadBridge.Work will begin as soon as it is passed by
the legislature.B. Quint reported that
the Pathways Committee recently requested money allotted for an engineering
study to put a bridge over the Blockhouse Creek.L. Childs noted the Pathway’s recommendation
of a proposed Bike Path along the NYS Thruway ROW from Exit 23 to Exit 25.
Bike Hike Trail Map update: T. La Salle noted that preliminary work on the recreation/update of
the map continues.The size and general
layout of the map will be based on the OldCrotonTrailwayState Park map.T. La Salle inquired what additional
features members would like to be included on the map.Members requested that historic sites,
parking areas (trailhead parking), and restrooms be included.These facilities will be included if
4.1Othernew business: I. Vamos brought attention to
proposed legislation to allow Segways on sidewalks at high speeds.
E. Troy mentioned the NYSDOH’s walking campaign in Binghamton for persons aged 40 years
Purvis reported that CDTC received a letter fro the legal representative for
the Voorheesville RR track stating that abandonment of the line will be
official on 5/21.The preferential
rights process should be complete by the end of the year.AlbanyCounty is still interested in
obtaining the land.
Purvis announced an upcoming APA Audio-conference to be held at CDTC from ,
on Wednesday, May 21st.The
audio-conference is titled “Planning for the Physically Active Community”.
J. Purvis briefly mentioned a CDTC Linkage
project concerning pedestrian access in the Village of Hoosick Falls.There will be a public meeting on Tuesday,
May 20th at the Hoosick Falls Village Hall.
5.0 UPCOMING EVENTS
-The next CDTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force meeting is scheduled forTuesday, May 13, 2002 at at the CDTC