Thursday, August 11, 2016

Council Moves on LWRP (Waterfront Plan)

         A trip to Albany by Mayor Butler has resulted in Council moving ahead with an obscure program called the LWRP....It's a plan for waterfront revitalization in hopes of accessing state dollars.
         This has resulted in many improvements but also a complicated and cumbersome bureacracy involving the Department of State.
       City officials are hoping the adoption of new zoning for parcels in the LWRP zone will free up state grant money.
       Concerns over limitations such zoning would place on property owners stalled the program some years ago.
        However, the Mayor is using his position and influence to get some things moving, although the notion of grants paying for more and more can be frustrating as the strings attached are often vexing and expensive.
        http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/city-officials-proceeding-with-riverfront-plans-20160810

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I never heard anyone say they were not acting on it because of the zoning restrictions the state makes you put on the waterfront. But that sure in hell is a good reason not to act on it. Maggie's and the rest of the businesses on the waterfront, would not be allowed, had the city taken this "free money" in the past.

Anonymous said...

Wait - weren't you in office during that Maggie's deal Jeff?

Anonymous said...

The four on the Council advocated for a "new" pool and all gave a firm answer - YES. The Mayor, while looking to the CM for guidance, would not give a yes or no answer. This was after being asked for a specific yes or no answer more than once. Now we will see what spin is put on it by the Mayor and CM. Will the spin be enough to get the Council to backpeddle on their initial "YES" response.
I believe the children in Watertown would get more use from the pool (even in our short summer use) than they could get out of the Arena. The general population is priced out of using the Arena. It would be nice if there was a survey taken on just how many in the city can Afford to utilize the Arena paid for with their tax money. Why put more money in to a system for summer ice when these families cannot afford to use it? Put that money towards a new pool. I could understand the Mayor and CM's concern on spending if they hadn't already made so many poor choices on expenditures such as deciding on what to do with the Arena Snack Bar, to doing numerous studies that are not followed because they don't like the study results. There is also the Grant' awarded and then turned down, as well as, Grant's not being awarded due to bad info from the people they hired for guidance.

Anonymous said...

Let's get the new pool at Thompson Park done. The kids and their families will use it. Even if it is a short swimming season, the pool is wanted by the citizens. Once there are clean bath house facilities at Thompson Park, you'll see the Thompson pool is a popular place for summer recreation. Let's invest in our park. It is more dear to the hearts of Watertownians than the expensive City Arena. I am an avid supporter of the Thompson Park Pool, especially with the financial help of the fund-raising community group.

Anonymous said...

Put up a deck at the WWTP for turd watching, maybe sell numbers like the rubber duck races.

Anonymous said...

It is so amazing to see the pool get more support than your local fire department. Count the number of days/people who use it and see how much it cost per person. I bet a whole lot more than the safety they can learn, or the property it protects compared to the departments around us who are not on call 24/7. Lets do reality checks people.. what is actually more important?