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MAYOR SEEKS PANEL TO HELP FORM COMMISSION SPURRING PRESERVATION

Mayor Judy Harrington hopes a temporary advisory panel can be appointed at the Village Board's Sept. 14 meeting to make recommendations on the formation of a village historic commission and begin long-term preservation activities.

The temporary group also would begin researching guidelines and programs available for improving historic buildings in the village core.

About 20 people, including many members of the Ischua Valley Historical Society, attended an informational session Monday night on preserving the Village of Franklinville's central historic district.

The buildings and neighborhood surrounding a circular park in the downtown area hold a historic designation from the U.S. Department of the Interior on the National Register of Historic Places.

The state Department of Transportation is planning highway improvements to Route 16, which travels through the district, to begin around 2000.

Mrs. Harrington said the goal is not to impede property owners' rights but to make restoration available through grant funding for those structures that need it.

"I want to look out for what we have historically," said Mrs. Harrington, adding that some adjacent areas of the village may also be eligible for inclusion in the district.

In other matters, the board:

Unanimously approved placing a four-way stop sign on Pine Street at the intersection of Cherry and North Academy streets.

Briefly discussed its Aug. 10 decision to accept an owner's $25,000 counteroffer for purchase of a former State Police barracks at the north end of the village on Route 16. Mrs. Harrington said the matter is now in the attorney's hands, and officials are awaiting a formal statement that the state Department of Environmental Conservation is aware of no environmental concerns at the site.

Held an informational session on the proposed rezoning of an area south of Franklin Street, which has been redrawn to exclude some residential properties. A public hearing on the plan to build a town salt storage facility on the site will be held Sept. 14.

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