Safety improvements made

GLOVERSVILLE — Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist James Hannahs said Friday that several “community-oriented” projects were worked on in the city in July.

In his monthly report to the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth Board of Directors, Hannahs mentioned the Mayor Vincent DeSantis, the city and its Department of Public Works have launched “safety projects” this summer.

The safety improvements have included ones at crosswalk areas, lamposts, improvements to streets, new stop lights and even changes in laws to help make the city, including its downtown area, safer.

Hannahs said the CRG has been “super heavy” setting its sights on Brownfield improvements in the city. He said a site analysis is being done around the downtown area, and efforts now are aimed at looking into “driving private investment” into improvements after sites are cleaned up.

Hannahs said his office continues to keep up with the city and DPW Director Chris Perry regarding demolition work proceeding on South Main Street.

“It’s sad to see some of the concrete coming down, but it’s needed,” he said.

Hannahs said the downtown lunchtime Food Truck Fridays — off, North Main Street, Elm Street and Castiglione park — continue “chugging along” and are successful. The lunchtime period downtown features several food trucks music, and seating available at Castiglione Park and other areas, and cooperation with the DPW for an enjoyable culinary experience.

The CRG has been working “closely” with the Gloversville Enlarged School on its literacy campaign, including the downtown mini-libraries on display in various locations, Hannahs said. He said the program is also receiving an assist with signage.

Hannahs also mentioned he is working with a program with the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District regarding community projects.

He reported the CRG went through 3,000 downtown guides and looks to obtain more.

CRG board Chairman Timothy Beckett reported the agency’s Executive Committee met recently.

“We met again on the goals to finalize the marketing plan,” he reported.