Mayor George A. Rivers, center, holds an award the village received from the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association. Joining him, from left, are trustees Kelly A. Penfield, Dennis F. Roberts, Brian B. Jefferson and Francis J. Baker.
Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau.
Rouses Point The efforts of the village of Rouses Point to develop its waterfront and revitalize its downtown corridor have not gone unnoticed.
The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association recently recognized the village with an award for “Planning Excellence Implementation” during a conference held in Utica.
Mayor George A. Rivers announced at the village board’s Oct. 3 meeting that he accepted the award on behalf of the village, which was given in recognition of the municipality’s Downtown and Waterfront Revitalization Plan and other community efforts.
“I was pleasantly surprised, considering this is the award,” said Rivers, as he lifted the award for the audience to see, “and it’s first place in the whole State of New York except New York City.”
The initiatives for which the village was recognized have centered on promoting the village’s location on Lake Champlain and historic buildings as well as its role as a corridor to Vermont and Canada.
Village Trustee Kelly A. Penfield — who served on the board during the development of the Downtown and Waterfront Revitalization Plan and most recently rejoined the board after the death of Trustee John F. Huchro — commended the community for its combined efforts in making the recognition possible.
“Having been part of the revitalization plan and on the board at that time, I think it really is representative of the efforts of the entire village,” said Penfield. “I think it’s a really positive thing for Rouses Point.”
The award will be on display in the board’s meeting room at Hallstead Hall in the Rouses Point Civic Center along with several other plaques and framed certificates the village has received over the years.
“Pretty soon we’re going to run out of wall,” the mayor quipped.