Ballston Supervisor Tim Szczepaniak. Photo provided.
BALLSTON – On Tuesday, Supervisor Tim Szczepaniak delivered his third annual State of the Town Address at Ballston Town Hall, according to a statement provided by Baker Public Relations. He highlighted a year of significant accomplishments and outlined the town’s priorities for 2018 and beyond.
Szczepaniak noted that the town’s fiscal health is sound; sales tax and mortgage-revenue taxes exceeded projections; the town budget was under the state-mandated tax cap; and commercial development is robust while remaining within the town’s plans for modest, controlled growth.
“I am proud of what the town accomplished in 2017 and remain optimistic that we will see even greater progress in 2018,” Szczepaniak said. “I credit the commitment of our employees, citizen volunteers who serve on committees and boards, our town board members and the community at large for continually investing so much time and energy in making the Town of Ballston a great place to live, work and visit.”
In his address, Szczepaniak acknowledged Calvary Episcopal Church for being entered into the National Register of Historic Places; and he discussed the development of parklands, specifically the 12-acre Fireman’s Grove. He highlighted future initiatives, including the upkeep of natural land and trails, and a proposed senior living community.
Szczepaniak also provided status updates on the town’s infrastructure, including the sewer projects around Ballston Lake, along Route 50 and at Carpenter’s Acres. He strongly advocated for the approval of the proposed Route 50 sewer project, which will allow for responsible development along Route 50.
“Aging infrastructure is a major concern in the town of Ballston, and we have a unique opportunity to address our needs along Route 50, just as we addressed them around Ballston Lake,” Szczepaniak said, thanking members of a new town water committee charged with addressing these issues.
The town will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25 in the town hall community room to describe the project and entertain comments.
Those interested in reviewing details of all proposed and ongoing sewer projects can visit the website www.ballstonsewers.org/.