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					VILLAGE OF STAMFORD, NEW YORK




     COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

                    April 2007
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INDEX

Introduction                                                               3
What is a Comprehensive Plan?                                              3
About This Document                                                        3
Planning Process                                                           3

Chapter 1
Stamford Today: An Overview of Trends and Conditions                        5
1.1 Introduction and Overview                                               5
1.2 Regional Setting                                                        5
1.3 Historic Resources                                                      5
1.4 Village Resources                                                       6
1.5 Population Characteristics                                              6
1.6 Natural Resources                                                       7
1.7 Land Use                                                                7
1.8 Housing                                                                 8
1.9 Economic Development                                                    8
1.9.1 Regional Economic Development Trends                                  8
1.9.2 Local Business Trends                                                 8
1.9.3 Local Economic Development Resources                                  9
1.10 Infrastructure                                                         9
1.10.1 Communications                                                       9
1.10.2 Water                                                                9
1.10.3 Wastewater                                                          10
1.10.4 Regulatory Context                                                  10
1.11 Transportation                                                        10
1.11.1 Pedestrian Access                                                   11
1.12 Community Facilities                                                  11
1.12.1 Fire and Rescue                                                     11
1.12.2 Parks and Recreation                                                11
1.12.3 Schools                                                             13
1.12.4 Library                                                             13
1.12.4 Library                                                             13
1.12.5 Cultural Opportunities                                              14
1.12.6 Solid Waste Disposal                                                15
1.13 Health Care Facilities                                                15
1.14 Churches                                                              15
1.15 Civic Organizations (list like churches)                              16
1.16 Internet Web Sites                                                    16
1.17 Funding & Technical Resources                                         16

Chapter 2
Stamford Tomorrow: A Synthesis                                             17
2.1 Strengths and Weaknesses: A Summary                                    17
2.2 What Makes Stamford Special?                                           17
2.3 Challenges                                                             18
2.4 Reviving the Queen: A Vision for the Future                            18
2.4.1 Revitalizing Main Street                                             19

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2.4.2 Promoting Tourism                                                    20
2.4.3 Retaining and Attracting New Residents                               20

Chapter 3
3.1.     Village of Stamford Goals & Recommendations                       21
3.2.     Environmental (Natural) Resources                                 21
3.3.     Economic Development                                              22
3.4.     Main Street Improvement (community appearance)                    22
3.5.     Community Facilities & Services                                   23
3.6.     Recreation & Cultural Resources                                   23
3.7.     Historic Resources                                                24
3.8.     Housing                                                           25
3.9.     Infrastructure                                                    25
3.10.    Continue to comply with NYC regulatory restraints                 25
3.11.    Seniors                                                           26
3.12.    Tourism                                                           26
3.13.    Land Use                                                          26




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Introduction

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A comprehensive plan is a policy document used to guide the growth, maintenance, and
development of a community. It is useful in two ways. First, the plan is created through a decision
making and consensus building process that helps residents agree on common goals and
strategies. Second, the plan is a resource document that can be referred to and used by Village
government to make decisions. The comprehensive plan cannot anticipate every issue that may
arise over the next decade, but it can serve as a guide for the development of well thought out
policies. A comprehensive plan is a working part of the Village‟s development program: it should
be consulted just as the Village might consult the public, its engineer, counsel or others.

The comprehensive plan also provides the foundation for the Village‟s zoning ordinance. New
York Village Law requires that zoning regulations be made in accordance with a comprehensive
plan. Besides providing a solid policy foundation, a comprehensive plan can also unlock doors to
funding a variety of projects. Further, the comprehensive plan can be used as a marketing tool to
promote the assets of the community.

Preparation of this comprehensive plan is timely in that it helps the Village address some key
issues. How can the Village position itself to derive economic benefits from the expansion of Tyco
Healthcare International, a pharmaceutical plant in the Village of Hobart? What strategies will be
important to halt the decline of downtown Main Street? How may community appearance be
improved? Stamford is rich with history. What opportunities are there to celebrate and promote
historic resources?

About This Document
The Village of Stamford Comprehensive Plan has been written and organized to be as succinct as
possible. A conscious effort has been made to emphasize the identification of strategies for
growth and development, rather than overwhelm the reader with “facts and figures.” Thus, the
main body of the text is relatively brief; appendices have been included providing more detailed
information about each of the subject areas. The plan is organized as follows.

Chapter 1 provides an overview of trends and conditions in Stamford, organized by subject area.

Chapter 2 is a synthesis summarizing the Village‟s strengths and weaknesses and discussing the
interrelationship between the various trends and conditions.

Chapter 3 presents goals and objectives and recommendations are. Goals and objectives provide
a policy framework for the Village over the next 10-15 years. Recommendations implement the
goals and objectives. For each recommendation, an implementing agency/organization and a
potential funding source is identified.

Planning Process

The Village of Stamford Comprehensive Plan was revised by a Comprehensive Plan Committee
appointed by the Village Board. The Committee began meeting in April 2002.



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To aid the issue identification process, community input was gathered from individuals and
agencies involved in land-use planning and development activities in Stamford. In 2004, the
committee held a public hearing on the revised plan so that it could be forwarded on to the Village
Board of trustees for final action.

Chapter 1
Stamford Today: An Overview of Trends and Conditions

1.1 Introduction and Overview
This chapter of the plan presents an overview of existing trends and conditions affecting the
Village. An effort has been made to summarize the important points, leaving the details to the
appendices.

Stamford is a charming mountain village that is more than the sum of its parts. Mt. Utsayantha
presides over a landscape of quaint homes in a pastoral setting. There are signs of progress,
including a renewed interest in history, the redevelopment of winter recreational opportunities, a
growing regional tourism economy and State level interest and funding in revitalizing the small
hamlets of the Catskills. This chapter attempts to discover where the Village‟s strengths and
weaknesses lay, so that a plan may be devised that maximizes assets and addresses
shortcomings.

1.2 Regional Setting
The Village of Stamford is a small community, just over one square mile in area, located in the
Towns of Harpersfield and Stamford, Delaware County, New York. The Village is nestled in the
Catskill Mountains approximately 12 miles northwest of the Catskill State Park. Of great
significance with respect to the regulation of land use, the Village is located in the Delaware River
Basin, which forms part of the New York City Watershed. Due to its proximity to other small
villages and towns, there is a strong interdependent relationship between the Village of Stamford
and surrounding communities. Shopping, recreation, and entertainment can be found in the village
or in a nearby town or village.

The Village‟s Catskill location means that it is conveniently located to major economic centers.
The closest cities of significant size in order of distance from the Village are Oneonta (25 miles),
Kingston (60 miles), and Albany/Schenectady/Troy (70 miles). State Route 10 and State Route 23
bisect the Village. Regionally, access to the village is gained from Exit 20 on Interstate 88 near the
Town of Richmondville and Exit 21 of the New York State Thruway (I-87) near the Town of
Catskill. Stamford and environs are characterized by rugged, wooded mountainsides, including
3,365‟ Mt. Utsayantha, and small farms and hamlets in the valleys. Stamford‟s high elevation and
surrounding mountains provide a microclimate cooler and snowier than that of the surrounding
region, a boon for those seeking relief from the summer heat as well as for winter sports
enthusiasts.

1.3 Historic Resources
The Village of Stamford is a community rich with history that today is reflected in its unique
building stock. During the 1700‟s, early settlers were involved mostly in trapping and farming. By
the 1800‟s, Stamford had developed into an agricultural distribution center. Completion of the
Ulster and Delaware Railroad in 1872 led to the growth of Stamford as a resort destination. By
1900, there were approximately fifty guesthouses, hotels and rooming houses operating in
Stamford, including the Rexmere, Westholm, Stamford Inn and Delaware Inn that still stand today.

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Stamford was also a prime vacation destination for the affluent from New York City as well as
wealthy families from Cuba and South America. During its heyday, Stamford was known as “The
Queen of the Catskills” for its rich assortment of tourist homes and hotels. With the advent of the
automobile, the resort business in Stamford declined and was essentially over with the conclusion
of World War II. However the legacy of Stamford‟s resort past can be seen in the many large
homes in Queen Ann, Victorian and other styles. Many of these homes are now in business use or
have been divided into apartments, and many are in need of significant repair and rehabilitation.

The Churchill Park Historic District, located in the western end of the village, is a reminder of
Stamford‟s resort era. Dr. Stephen Churchill laid out the district in 1895. Dr. Churchill was mainly
responsible for the development of the tourist industry in the town with the creation of Churchill
Park, dominated by the grand hotel “The Rexmere.” The Churchill Historic District is the only site
in the village of Stamford listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Recognizing the value of its past as an important component of a revitalization strategy, the
Village is currently in the process of re-activating its Historical Society and defining its role and
operating procedures. The Historical Society has expressed a keen interest in forming a historical
museum to house and display local historical materials.

1.4 Village Resources
As the following list shows there have been a gradual, but steady decline in the Village taxable
property assessments and a corresponding gradual increase in the tax rate.
       YEAR           ASSESSMENTS TAX RATE PER $1000
       1999/2000 $22,898,680             13.2639
       2000/01              $22,883,909         13.2955
       2001/02              $22,721,161         13.3324
       2002/03              $22,504,054         13.6121
       2003/04              $22,555,509         13.9745

The village employs a staff of eight, including four in the Highway department. The other four are
associated with Village administration. The Highway department essentially functions as a multi-
purpose Public Works Department, providing services such as plowing streets, paving, resurfacing
and repairing streets, maintaining parking lots, parks, the Village pool, clearing leaves and brush,
repairing water and sewer, street lights, and Village buildings.

1.5 Population Characteristics
According to the 2000 census, the population of the Village of Stamford was 1,265. Eighteen
percent of the population is under the age of 14. This may be explained by the quiet rural setting
that has led to a safe, family-oriented atmosphere that appeals to young families. Twenty six
percent of Village population is over the age of 65. The majority of the Village population is
between the ages of 18 and 65 and can provide an adequate workforce.

Median household income (2000) is $30,664. Fifty seven percent of households earn more than
$25,000 per year. There are a number of retired persons with fixed low-moderate incomes.




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1.6 Natural Resources
The Village of Stamford‟s most obvious natural resource is Mt. Utsayantha. However, the resource
with the greatest impact on people‟s lives may be the West Branch of the Delaware River, the
headwaters of which flow through the Village‟s center.

The Village of Stamford entered into the Emergency Program of the National Flood Insurance
Program on October 15, 1976. The Village of Stamford was admitted into the Regular Flood
Program on August 1, 1987 and an initial Flood Insurance Rate Map was issued on that date.
(copy attached)

Admittance into the Regular Program allows existing homeowners and business owners, located
in the Special Flood Hazard Area, to purchase additional limits of Federal Flood Insurance over
and above the limits available in the Emergency Program.

Buildings that are constructed or substantially improved in the Special Flood Hazard Area, after
August 1, 1987, must comply with the Village‟s floodplain management ordinances, i.e. elevation
requirements.

As part of the agreement for making flood insurance available in a community, The National Flood
Insurance Program requires the community to adopt a floodplain management ordinance that
specifies minimum requirements for reducing flood losses. One such requirement is that the
Village obtains the elevation of the lowest floor (including basement) of all new and substantially
improved buildings, and maintains a record of such information. The elevation certificate is one
way for a community to comply with this agreement.

There are 19 acres of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regulated
wetland located east of Railroad Avenue and north and south of Buntline Drive. The bald eagle,
listed as threatened on the Federal list of endangered or threatened species, is a visitor, but does
not live here.

1.7 Land Use
The attached map illustrates land use in the Village. Nearly half of the Village‟s land area is in
residential use with less than 10% of this housing being multi-family. Commercial land uses are
concentrated along Main Street, West Main Street, and Railroad Avenue. Main Street businesses
are limited in scope and number such that many residents need to travel outside of Stamford to
obtain the goods and services that they require. Existing businesses include retail, not-for-profits,
a motel, medical offices, pharmacies, a couple of restaurants and a deli. There are roughly 85
vacant parcels scattered throughout the Village, not all of which are developable due to the
presence of resource constraints such as wetlands or suspected environmental contamination.
There are also some large vacant commercial buildings along Main Street.

The Village‟s land use patterns are typically highway oriented. That is, commercial land uses have
grown up around the transportation arteries of State Routes 10 and 23. The Village‟s mix of
commercial land uses has undergone a transition typical of small town America. Stores that
previously served the needs of the residents of Stamford and the surrounding countryside have
left. Residents now drive to Oneonta or elsewhere for many of their daily needs. A community of
Stamford‟s size is unlikely to attract the sort of vibrant business community common to the
downtowns of the 1950‟s and 60‟s. However, the high traffic count and interesting building stock
along Main Street provide opportunities for other kinds of businesses. A key issue, however, is the

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need to improve both the physical appearance and pedestrian utility of both the street and building
stock.

The late Dr. Dean Graham gave the Village 12.5 acres of land surrounded by Buntline Drive,
Railroad Avenue and South Delaware Street, adjoined by some private property. The Village has
purchased 3.5 acres of marshland between the Catskill Mountain Trail and Prospect Street. A
portion of both these properties may be convertible to new single-family homes under a first-time
homeowner initiative being developed by the Village and Western Catskills Community
Revitalization Corp.

1.8 Housing
Much of Stamford‟s character comes from its stock of large, old homes; sixty-five percent of its
houses were built prior to 1939. While many of these buildings are attractive, a number are in poor
condition and in need of renovation and repair. There have been very few homes built in the
Village of Stamford in recent years. A moratorium imposed on new sewer connections by a DEC
consent order is the most obvious explanation for this disturbing trend. The consent order was
suspended at the end of November 2003 due to the work of the Village in correcting the infiltration
problems in the sanitary sewer collection system.

Stamford has elderly housing and nursing home care. Stamford Village Apartments is an
independent living center with 22 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom units. Seventh Heaven Adult
Home is a group home with room for 17 residents. Robinson Terrace is a skilled nursing facility
with 122 beds and rehabilitative therapy resources.

Although the 2000 census reported that 43% of the housing stock in the Village was rental units, it
is generally understood that, today, there is a shortage of family rental units. These units are in
demand from low to middle income earners, retirees on tight budgets looking for low maintenance,
high security housing, and also from anyone that has just re-located to the Village of Stamford
who is contemplating a future house purchase.

1.9 Economic Development

1.9.1 Regional Economic Development Trends
The economy of the Catskill region is diversified but small in scale. It is concentrated in the
service, manufacturing and agriculture sectors. Tourism is particularly important to the Catskill
Mountain economy, contributing $670 million to the five county-economy in 1997, according to a
1999 report prepared for the Catskill Watershed Corporation. The adoption of the NYC Watershed
Agreement has resulted in the formulation of State level economic development strategies.
Enhancement of the hamlets and villages is a major element of these strategies.

Another trend worthy of mention is the need for services that cater to the growing aged population.
This demographic trend is exhibited globally and is particularly important for Stamford which,
because of its setting, is such an attractive community to retirees. Retirees have more time for
leisure activities and will be drawn to communities that have access to recreation and leisure
activities, entertainment, and arts and culture. The village provides health care and assisted living
facilities.

Another regional trend likely to have an impact on the Village is the expansion of Tyco Healthcare,
a pharmaceutical company, located in the Village of Hobart. As of March 2004 there were 630

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jobs. Future growth will top out at 700+ jobs. This influx is generating a demand for, first, rental
housing, and in the long-term, single-family homes. As a result of this expansion there will also be
a greater demand for expanded services.

1.9.2 Local Business Trends
Since 1995 building permits for new commercial construction in the village included: a lumber
store, a convenience store, a bowling alley, a farmer‟s co-op, an auto-parts store, and a storage
building for telephone equipment. New businesses in the village include: a farm/produce stand,
an art gallery, a sweet shop, an antique store, a financial advisor‟s office, a physical therapy
group, a chiropractor, a gym, a funeral parlor and a nail salon.

One tool that can be used to reverse the decline in Main Street businesses is through Section
485-b of NYS Real Property Tax Law. Businesses and industry that make $10,000 in
improvements through construction, alteration, or installation are automatically eligible for property
tax exemptions. This exemption is worth 50% in the first year and then declines to 5% in the tenth
year. While the Village can promote this economic incentive, the business owner must apply for
the exemption.

In October 2003, the Village trustees approved the development of a Main Street Revitalization
Program in partnership with Western Catskills Community Revitalization Corp.

1.9.3 Local Economic Development Resources
There are a number of local development resources available to the Village by way of technical
assistance and financial support. These resources include public and private agencies devoted to
business creation and development, village improvements, tourism, the arts, environmental
projects, housing, infrastructure improvements, health care, recreation and others. A detailed
description of these agencies and their missions is found in the appendices.

1.10 Infrastructure
1.10.1 Communications
The Village has broadband Internet access. The Time-Warner cable system provides Roadrunner
and Verizon provides DSL connections within the village.

1.10.2 Water
The Village‟s primary water supply source is the Taylor Reservoir located north of the Village on
Taylor Road in Schoharie County. The Kelly Well, located on Sate Route 10 north of the Village
behind the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) office, provides
a secondary source. The Village owns the water rights to the reservoir lands and restricts any
activity that could contaminate the reservoir. The water is generally acidic and necessitates that
the Village add caustic soda to raise the pH. Water supply lines bring water from the reservoir to
the water filtration plant located on State Route 10, opposite the NYSDEC office. The treatment
plant was upgraded in 1998 with sand filter technology. While the current flow is 150,000
gallons/day, the plant can handle 300,000 gallons/day. Cast iron water mains were recently
replaced with ductile iron in five streets in the Village. There is a 1.5 million gallon water storage
tank providing adequate reserves and water pressure.

1.10.3 Wastewater
The Village‟s wastewater treatment plant is located on Axtell Road. Treated wastewater
discharges to the West Branch of the Delaware River. The Village has satisfied the consent order

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imposed by the NYSDEC to address the infiltration and inflow (I&I) problem. The plant‟s current
flow averages 380,000 gallons per day (gpd) while its NYSDEC issued State Pollution Discharge
Elimination System (SPDES) permit is for an average of 500,000 gpd. Common sources of the I&I
problem are leaking house laterals, residential sump pumps and roof leader hook-ups, cracked
main sewer lines and deteriorating manholes. I & I sources continue to be evaluated and
eliminated in a steady and orderly fashion.

The wastewater treatment plant has been upgraded to comply with the New York City Watershed
Rules and Regulations. The regulatory upgrade cost approximately $6 million with a projected
annual operating budget of approximately $600,000. New York City subsidized the initial cost and
continues to cover the increases in yearly expenses under the terms of the Memorandum of
Agreement. Village residents at the present time will continue to pay their current rates for
wastewater services.

1.10.4 Regulatory Context
New York City (NYC) obtains its drinking water from surface water reservoirs, the largest of which
are located in the Catskills. In order to protect the quality of the City‟s water, the City and upstate
communities, including Stamford, entered into the New York City Watershed Memorandum of
Agreement (MOA) in January 1997. The goal of the MOA is for NYC to remain eligible for surface
water treatment filtration avoidance through watershed management. This has significant
implications for development in the Village. Specifically, two components of the MOA provide a
regulatory influence in the Village: (1) the Watershed Rules and Regulations and (2) the Total
Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) process for New York City reservoirs.

The Village of Stamford is located in the Cannonsville Reservoir Basin, once a “phosphorus-
restricted basin” subject to the TMDL process. The TMDL process essentially limits the ability of
communities in phosphorous restricted basins to discharge additional sewage to waterways. In the
fall of 1999, Delaware County produced a Comprehensive Strategy for Phosphorus Reductions,
pursuant to the MOA Pilot Phosphorus Offset Program, to address the challenge of overcoming
the phosphorus restrictions in the Cannonsville Basin. Delaware County, with the preparation of
this document has, in part, satisfied the conditions of the Pilot Phosphorus Offset Program that will
allow a limited amount of expanded or new sewer capacity in the Cannonsville Basin. However,
no more than three new plants or expansions with surface discharge are allowed in the basin.
Further, their total capacity may not exceed 100,000 gallons per day of aggregate surface
discharge. There are currently eight wastewater treatment plants in the Cannonsville Basin,
including the plant in the Village of Stamford.

1.11 Transportation
As mentioned earlier in this document, the Village of Stamford is readily accessible because of its
location at the intersection of State Routes 10 (Lake Street) and State Route 23 (Main/Harper
Streets). Traffic volumes on Main Street, Harper Street and Lake Street have remained fairly
consistent over the last 10 years. The annual average daily traffic count on the Section of State
Route 23 that includes Main Street and Harper Street was 3850 vehicles. The New York State
Department of Transportation Is currently improving Route 10 within the Village. Improvements
will relate mainly to curbing, drainage, and sidewalks. Sidewalks will be made compliant with the
Americans with Disabilities Act and will be extended to Catskill Avenue. Highway shoulders will be
widened to eight feet.

1.11.1 Pedestrian Access

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During the grand hotel era in Stamford, from the late 19th to the mid-20th century, the majority of
village sidewalks were composed of large slate slabs. While very attractive, these sidewalks were
subject to weathering, and became cracked, heaved, and very slippery. Many of these slates
broke and slid into the streets as a result of erosion undercutting the sidewalk foundations. Over
the years, the village sidewalks became a patchwork of mismatched and unattractive paving
materials.

Within the last few years, the village has undertaken a comprehensive sidewalk replacement
program, funded primarily by grants from the Robinson-Broadhurst and O‟Connor Foundations,
coupled with state and federal grants. The goal is to remove all unusable curbs and sidewalks and
professionally install new. In some cases new sidewalks will be added where none had existed
before.

1.12 Community Facilities
1.12.1 Fire and Rescue
The Stamford Fire Department is located on Main Street. It provides fire and rescue service to two
fire districts: the Stamford Fire District and the Stamford Rural Fire District. The latter takes in
portions of the Towns of Harpersfield, Kortright, and Jefferson (Schoharie County). The two fire
districts participate in an agreement to share equipment costs. The Stamford Fire Department is
staffed by sixty-three volunteers and receives funds from donations and the Village. The
department receives approximately 100 fire calls and 365 ambulance calls per year. A commercial
ambulance company handles an additional 25% of the total ambulance calls. As with many rural
fire companies, the most significant problem facing the Stamford Fire Department is a shortage of
volunteers in the 25-45 age range. The Village is exploring opportunities to attract members
through a “Length of Service Awards Program” which would provide benefits to volunteers.

1.12.2 Parks and Recreation
As befits a community located in the midst of great natural beauty, Stamford is blessed with a
wealth of recreation facilities. The Village owns a park of approximately 20 acres on top of Mt.
Utsayantha. The Village would like to provide more recreational amenities in the park as well as
improve security and handicapped accessibility.

Rexmere Lakes is a park located at the west end of the Village. It has two lakes that support
fishing. The park also has an attractive walking path with a lovely sitting area.

Veteran‟s Park is located at Railroad and Main Street. This park has a Veteran‟s memorial and
invites resting and sitting.

Indian Trail Park is located on South Street. It has a swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts,
as well as a playground.

Archibald Field Park is located on Route 10 north of the Village. There is a baseball field, the
outfield of which may be converted to a soccer field in season, picnic tables, grills and space for
community events such as a circus and music festivals.

The Village was given 12.5 acres of land surrounded by Buntline Drive Railroad Avenue and
South Delaware Street by the late Dr. Dean Graham. Ten acres of this land will be used as a
nature park in Dr. Graham‟s memory. The Village has purchased 3.5 acres of marshland between
the Catskill Mountain Trail and Prospect Street. The Village has purchased from Delaware County

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a portion of land that was formerly the Coffee Cleaners‟ property. The village would like to
develop the site for municipal use as a proposed Village Hall site and a small trailside park.

In addition to the Village‟s facilities, there are a number of other recreation opportunities in the
immediate vicinity. The Catskill Revitalization Corporation owns and maintains the Catskill Scenic
Trail. This trail lies on top of the former rail bed of the Ulster and Delaware Railroad. This trail is 45
miles long, 66 feet wide and incorporates seven towns and two counties, including the Village of
Stamford with connections to the challenging Utsayantha Mountain trails, Archibald Park trails and
historic landmark sites. The trail is relatively flat and is a hard packed surface that permits hiking,
biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing.
The trail has many access points with parking in Stamford and Bloomville Stamford is at the peak
of the trail with a moderate down hill grade in either direction. The change in elevation for the
entire trail is only 400 feet. The Catskill Scenic Trail shares its use with walkers, hikers, joggers,
horseback riders and in the winter season cross-country skiers.

In 2002 an ad hoc committee began the process of restoring and redeveloping the village-owned
park at the summit of Mt. Utsayantha. The concept calls for restoring the DEC Fire Tower, the
Observation Building and the hiking trails on the mountain. There are plans to provide rest room
facilities appropriate signage, informational kiosks and parking. The access road will be
consistently graded and repaired with a view to future paving as grant funding may be available. A
well-marked trail with a trailhead on NYS Route 23 just outside the Village is also in the planning
stage.

Mine Kill State Park is located in nearby North Blenheim. The park has a reservoir stocked with
fish and it is ideal for boating. Bow hunting for deer is permitted in season. The park has an
Olympic-sized pool, wading pool and a diving pool. In winter, visitors snowshoe, cross-country ski,
and snowmobile. The soccer fields at this park are home to the Headwaters Soccer Camp that
provides weekly sessions throughout the summer.

Stamford Central School‟s recreational facilities include a soccer and softball field located on the
school grounds. At the rear of the school there are a number of small playground fields for
elementary students. Each playground emphasizes activities for different age children. The
students also have access to a soccer, baseball, and softball field at Archibald Field.

The Stamford Golf Club lies just 1 mile north of the village limits and offers a course that is
appealing to high and low handicappers with a challenge of rolling terrain, contoured greens, and
tight fairways. There is a public driving range and putting green on the premises. The 18-hole
course is graced with flowering perennials and affords outstanding views. The yardage ranges
from 5249 yards to 6285 yards. It is especially appealing in that waiting time for tee-offs is virtually
non-existent. The clubhouse offers reasonable meals and cocktails and visitors can enjoy views of
Mt. Utsayantha from the rocking chairs on the porch. There is a well-equipped pro-shop, locker
rooms, showers and storage. Carts are available if riding is preferred. Rates are reasonable and
memberships are available for individuals or families with special rates for youth and college
students.

1.12.3 Schools
Stamford Central School is located on River Street. Stamford Central houses Kindergarten
through Grade 12 and is the only public school serving the Village. Additionally Stamford Central
School District accepts students from the Towns of Stamford, Harpersfield, Jefferson, Gilboa, and

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Roxbury. Stamford‟s enrollment is presently stable at approximately 500 students. A 1990
expansion that included 16 new classrooms and a new gym left the school well equipped to
handle additional students. An annual school profile may be obtained, upon request, from the
school.

Plans are underway to improve the school‟s facilities include playing field drainage and upgrades.
The newly renovated Churchill Gym/Library provides additional resources. The exterior of the
school has recently been renovated. The latest phase of the school‟s technology planning
includes Internet access.

The Stamford Children‟s Activity center, Inc. (S.C.A.C.) “Kiddie Corner” Pre-School program is
located at 117 ½ Main Street and has been in existence since 1970.

Stamford Children‟s Activity Center, Inc. is a non-profit corporation and the parents of children
registered for the current school year form the corporation. S.C.A.C. complies with all of the
standards put forth by the New York State Department of Social Services. An elected Board of
Directors and a paid Director/Teacher and Assistant Teacher govern its operation. Classes are
taught by at least one licensed teacher.

 S.C.A.C. currently serves children ages 3 and 4. The pre-school‟s purpose is to promote an
atmosphere that encourages social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and development
of the child as a whole.

There are a number of post-secondary institutions regionally available. Delaware County is home
to SUNY Delhi and Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES, a post-high school training facility. Other
institutions include Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta, and SUNY Cobleskill. These institutions
offer both undergraduate and graduate studies. The presence of these post-secondary institutions
has a positive economic impact on the region by increasing the demand for housing and goods
and services, and by creating a trained labor pool that is available to work locally.

1.12.4 Library
The Stamford Village Library is chartered as a free association library by New York State‟s Board
of Regents. A Board of Trustees, which employs a state-certified library director a library assistant,
and three library clerks govern it. The library houses over 20,000 books. It also offers books on
tape for adults and children, video and CDs, and access to the Internet on three public use PCs.
In the Library‟s historical room, there are local records, maps, and photographs, local genealogy
books, and a microfilm reader/printer. The reference room offers two recently published
encyclopedias; atlases, almanacs, and other standard reference works, as well as a quiet place to
read one of the three area newspapers the library receives. The library has recently automated its
circulation system.

The Stamford Village Library is part of the Four County Library System, located in Binghamton,
NY. It honors cards from libraries throughout Delaware, Otsego, Broome, and Chenango
Counties. These libraries reciprocate and honor cards from Stamford. Interlibrary loan, within the
system and beyond, makes it possible to get virtually any book delivered right to Stamford.

Funding for the library comes from donations, grants, investments, and municipal contributions.
The Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation has been a generous and consistent source of funding. No
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annual donation, which entitles an individual to membership in the Library Association and the
right to attend the annual board meeting in January, to vote for trustees.

1.12.5 Cultural Opportunities
Given Stamford‟s size, it is remarkable how many cultural opportunities exist. The strength and
diversity of arts and cultural organizations are a major asset in any Village development strategy.

Mount Utsayantha Rural Arts League (MURAL) is a non-profit organization founded in 1983. Its
purpose is to support the visual arts in the Greater Stamford Area. MURAL features contemporary
works of local and regional artists in the MURAL gallery at the Frank W. Cyr Center, formerly the
historic Rexmere Hotel. MURAL presents a diversity of media such as oils, watercolors, drawings,
graphics, photographs, sculpture, textiles, and pottery.

The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization providing classical music concerts which enjoyed
a short association with M.U.R.A.L. (Mt. Utsayantha Rural Arts League), in the latter part of 1986
Friends of Music decided to form their own entity. Several concerts per year are provided on
Sundays afternoons at the Cyr Center. Early in December a Christmas Sing-a-Long is offered.
The series attracts nationally and even world-renowned soloists and quartets who enjoy playing at
the Cyr Center because of the excellent acoustics and the intimate setting provided by the 100-
seat hall.

Performance Plus is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1996 to promote the performing arts
regionally. Performance Plus owns and operates the Stamford Performing Arts Center located at
76 Main Street. Activities sponsored by Performance Plus include children‟s workshops, dinner
theatre, “Saturday Afternoon at the Movies”, puppet shows, storytelling, dances, “Open „Mic‟
Night”, classical concerts, and performances by ventriloquists, guitarists, and singers. Current
facilities, which include a coffee house, activities room, office space, and a separate carriage
house have undergone renovation and expansion, thanks to grants from the Robinson-Broadhurst
and O‟Connor Foundations.

The village hosts other events such as various festivals, community events and circuses. There
are annual Memorial Day and Flag Day (June 14) parades in the village. For a current list of local
events, attractions, and accommodations, visit the Village of Stamford website at
www.stamfordvoice.com.

Regionally, Stamford is fortunate to be situated in an area that is rich in landmarks and history.
Within driving distance from Stamford are many places of interest for visitors and residents:

         Delaware County Historical Association, Delhi, NY
         Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
         Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY
         The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown, NY
         Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, NY
         Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith, NY
         Howe‟s Caverns, Howes Cave, NY
         Iroquois Museum, Howes Cave, NY
         National Soccer Hall of Fame, Oneonta, NY
         Catskill Corners, Mt. Tremper, NY
         Ulster & Delaware Rail Ride, Arkville, NY
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         Roxbury Arts Center, Roxbury, NY
         Delaware County Playhouse, Downville, NY
         Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project Visitors Center, Blenheim, MY
         Lansing Manor Historical House, Blenheim, NY

1.12.6 Solid Waste Disposal
Village residents dispose of solid waste at the County Transfer Station located on State Route 23
in the Town of Harpersfield. Waste is then taken to the Delaware County landfill located in the
Town of Walton. Village residents may take their waste to the transfer station or contract with a
private service. The Harpersfield Transfer Station also accepts sorted recyclables.

1.13 Health Care Facilities
Residents in Stamford are fortunate to have access to local health care practitioners including
physicians, chiropractors, dentists, optometrists and pharmacists. The closest hospitals are Fox
Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, Bassett Hospital in Cobleskill, and O‟Connor Hospital in Delhi. Both
Basset and Fox hospitals operate outpatient facilities in the village.

Stamford is fortunate to have several assisted living facilities either within the Village itself or
nearby. These facilities include Robinson Terrace and Seventh Heaven Adult Home in Stamford,
and South Kortright and Hearthstone in Hobart.

1.14 Churches
The Village of Stamford has a wide variety of churches. Each has its own special niche in service
to the community. The churches may be contacted using the following list.
First Presbyterian Church Main St., Stamford, NY, 607-652-7242
Jehovah‟s Witnesses Railroad Ave., Stamford, NY, 607-652-3660
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church 27 Harper St., Stamford, NY, 607-652-7170
Stamford Baptist Church 40 Lake St., Stamford, NY, 607-652-7978
Trinity Lutheran Church Rt. 10 (north) Stamford, NY, 607-652-2711
United Methodist Church 88 Main St., Stamford, NY, 607-652-7341

There are other places of worship in the surrounding area to meet all the needs of visitors and
local residents.

1.15 Civic Organizations
    Boy Scouts, Troop 32
    Catskill Area Hospice, 20 Elm St., Delhi, NY 607-746-2668
    Christmas Feeling Fund, c/o George Bergleitner, 607-652-3311
    CORE VALUES Thrift Store and Workshop, 112 Main St., Stamford 607-652-4772
    Cub Scouts, Pack 32
    Delaware County Cancer Coalition
    Delaware County Red Cross, Delhi, NY 607-746-8200
    Delaware Opportunities, Delhi, NY 607-746-2165
    (Head Start, Senior Meals, Big Buddy, Family Day Care, Food Bank, HEAP, Rape Crisis,
      Respite, Safe Against Violence, and WIC)
    Girls Scouts Indian Hills Council, Oneonta, NY 607-432-2910
    Greater Stamford Area Chamber of Commerce
    Guiding Eyes for the Blind,

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      Harpersfield 4-H Club
      Harpersfield Grange
      Hobart Civic Association, Hobart, NY www.hobartny.com/hca.html
      Humane Society of Central Delaware County, Delhi, NN, 607-746-3080
      Knights of Columbus
      Literacy Volunteers, Stamford Village Hall, 607-433-3645
      Robinson Terrace Auxiliary
      Stamford Central School Dollars for Scholars, 607-652-7301
      Stamford Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services 607-652-7241; Emergency
       911
      Stamford Fire Department Explorer Post, 607-652-7241
      Stamford Inner Wheel
      Stamford Rotary Club
      Stamford Village Improvement Association

1.16 Internet Web Sites
The Stamford Voice www.stamfordvoice.com; The Village of Stamford www.stamfordny.com; Mt.
Utsayantha www.utsayantha.com; Stamford Central School www.stamfordcs.org

There are many other web sites that serve specific business and cultural needs. Many of them
can be found by following the links on the above sites.

1.17 Funding & Technical Resources
See Appendices

Chapter 2
Stamford Tomorrow: A Synthesis

2.1 Strengths and Weaknesses: A Summary
The previous chapter presented a great deal of information about trends and conditions in
Stamford. In order to provide a foundation for the discussion that follows, it is useful to summarize
the village‟s major strengths and weaknesses. In no particular order, these are as follows:

Strengths
    Natural beauty
    Small town character
    Tourism availability
    Civic organizations
    Variety of religious organizations
    Good Sidewalks
    Street Lighting
    Building stock
    Historical resources
    Arts and culture
    High traffic counts
    Highway accessibility
    Water system
    Recreation facilities
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      School system and facilities
      Health and assisted care facilities
      Lean, efficient government
      Community support facilities
      State support for economic development

Weaknesses
   Distance to major shopping areas
   Buildings in need of repair
   Lack of larger rental units
   Lack of certified child care
   Lack of public and community buildings
   Staffing volunteer boards and organizations
   Lack of home health care services

2.2 What Makes Stamford Special?
What makes Stamford special and sets it apart from other communities?

Physical beauty and a mountain setting are assets that draw residents and visitors to the Village.
The small size of the community, coupled with the quiet, rural setting, creates a safe, family-
oriented atmosphere. Also because of this setting, residents of Stamford have endless
opportunities to participate in outdoor recreation such as camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, cycling,
snowmobiling, cross-country and downhill skiing. Given these excellent recreational opportunities
and beautiful setting, it is no coincidence that the Village has a number of second homes. A high
level of volunteerism bodes well for implementing the recommendations of this plan that rely, in
part, on the commitment of non-governmental organizations. The high level of volunteerism is
diluted somewhat by a correspondingly high number of volunteer organizations.

Residents of the Village are fortunate in enjoying a rural setting while having access to an array of
community services such as water and sewer, fire protection, snow removal, basic health care,
assisted care facilities, education and a library. Beyond basic services, it is remarkable how many
arts and cultural opportunities are found in and around Stamford. This unique aspect of the
community provides a major building block for the Village‟s development strategy. Another
distinguishing characteristic of the Village is its rich history as a resort community, reflected in its
architecturally interesting building stock. These unique buildings invite tourism-based development
strategies. Rehabilitation and street beautification are two obvious components of such strategies.

Stamford‟s Main Street has considerable economic development potential. Unlike many rural
communities, Stamford is fortunate to have a well defined downtown. In particular, the Stamford
Village Improvement Association has been instrumental in improving the appearance of
downtown. A good foundation already exists in Stamford‟s unique building stock, water and sewer
infrastructure, and some streetscape enhancements such as banners, flowers, sidewalks, and
colored brick pavers. There are opportunities for new businesses to locate in available commercial
buildings on Main Street. In addition, the downtown is located on a major thoroughfare that brings
a steady stream of visitors and potential patrons to this area. Bringing additional businesses to
Main Street and further enhancement of Stamford‟s downtown will strengthen its ability to attract
tourists.

2.3 Challenges
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Despite the assets discussed above, economic development in the Village of Stamford has been
stifled in recent years and the population is stable. Several factors are contributing to these trends.

Stamford‟s beautiful architecture has a downside. The large wooden resort era houses are difficult
to heat and maintain. Many have been divided into low-end apartments and/or are in poor
condition. Halting the decline in the building stock is essential to maintaining Stamford as the
Queen of the Catskills.

In July 2000, the Comprehensive Planning Committee surveyed and assessed the condition of 44
commercial Main Street buildings and properties. A copy of the survey form used is found in the
Appendices. The condition of the principal building was rated as excellent, good, fair or poor. Of
the 41 properties, 13 or nearly one-third were rated as either fair or poor. For each of these 13
buildings, the Comprehensive Planning Committee discussed options to improve the condition of
these buildings. It was agreed that the Village should seek monies to assist business owners with
the rehabilitation of buildings and properties.

2.4 Reviving the Queen: A Vision for the Future
The “Queen of the Catskills” has a lot going for it. Stamford is beautiful. It has a number of
wonderful buildings. Many tourists already visit the northern Catskills, and tourists are always
looking for things to do. As a result of the NYC Watershed Agreement, there are substantial State
resources primed for investment in the community. Stamford already hosts an unusual number of
arts attractions. Based on these considerations, this plan sets forth a vision founded on the
following elements:

      Revitalize Main Street through streetscape improvements, building stabilization and
       renovation, and business attraction.
      Retain existing businesses through the above strategy, tax incentives, and a marketing
       strategy.
      Attract new businesses that draw from area communities for support.
      Target gaps in retail and services. Currently, residents of the Village of Stamford must go
       outside the Village to purchase goods and services.
      Target arts, crafts and culturally related businesses to locate in Stamford. Such businesses
       attract tourists and will strengthen a pedestrian oriented downtown.
      Promote tourism through both events and facilities. Focus on the arts, cultural events and
       historical events and activities.
      Funnel resources into the restoration and rehabilitation of residences, and attract
       investment in high quality rental housing.

The following discussion provides more detail about these elements.

2.4.1 Revitalizing Main Street
Main Street is one of Stamford‟s greatest assets. Main Street contains an interesting stock of
historic buildings. Unfortunately, some lie vacant and are deteriorating. Creative investment will be
required to restore these historic buildings. In order to retain existing businesses and attract new
businesses, incentives are needed for businesses and homeowners to rehabilitate the building
stock and new businesses should be encouraged to locate in the commercial vacancies available
in Stamford. To accomplish the former, economic development tools in the form of property tax
breaks, loans and a sound marketing strategy will need to be implemented. The Village would also
be wise to target historic preservation grant monies to rehabilitate buildings with historic value.
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Participation of the Village government, local Chamber of Commerce and funding institutions will
be key to implementing these strategies.

What sorts of businesses should be the target of a marketing strategy? In terms of attracting
business, the primary strategy should be to encourage small businesses, start-ups or incoming
that would: a) serve the senior population; b) help to attract and serve present and future Tyco
workers; and c) cater to present and future Tyco workers, second-homeowners, and tourists.

Given the beautiful Catskill setting, attractive buildings, location on a major thoroughfare, thriving
arts culture, interesting history and potential for tourism locally and regionally, this plan proposes a
secondary strategy of attracting arts, crafts and related niche businesses. Stamford should re-
create its unique identity by encouraging quality restaurants and shops that specialize in Catskill
themes and materials through crafts, antiques, books or by catering to the outdoor recreation
enthusiasts. The large attractive buildings along Main Street, coupled with an already active arts
community, present a unique opportunity to develop artist studios and galleries.

A companion strategy to rehabilitating a deteriorating building stock and attracting new businesses
is the “beautification” of Main Street. Streetscape improvements including improving sidewalk
repair and upgrade, adding street furniture, adding attractive landscaping and consistent signage,
improving entranceways, and ensuring a safe pedestrian environment will enhance Main Street.
The adoption of “Streetscape Guidelines” will provide the vehicle to implement these elements.
The adoption of uniform signage and other improvements will further assist in the refurbishment of
Stamford‟s identity.

2.4.2 Promoting Tourism
Revitalization of Main Street will in itself encourage tourists to visit Stamford. However, there are
additional strategies that the Village can pursue to boost tourism. The Village should continue and
expand its tradition of holding events such as festivals and fairs that offer locally produced
products and encourage the patronage of local businesses and services. Promoting and
interpreting the colorful history of Stamford is another strategy for drawing tourists. Particularly
appealing is the “resort era” story, perhaps told through a walking tour focusing on the Churchill
Park Historic District, folklore associated with Mt. Utsayantha, and the famous resident author
Edward Zane Carrol Judson, pen name „Ned Buntline,‟ who wrote the Buffalo Bill novels. Tying
into regional tourism strategies and developing a closer working relationship with area attractions
are other simple, yet effective strategies that should be pursued.

2.4.3 Retaining and Attracting New Residents
Past census population figures suggest that the population of Stamford is stable. Recent
anecdotal evidence suggests that there may be some in-migration by those seeking the quality of
life that Stamford has to offer. Besides encouraging people to visit Stamford, a strategy for
economic stability must also address encouraging people to reside in Stamford. As mentioned in
Section 3.1, Stamford has a large share of young families and retirees. Additional investment is
needed to promote quality of life for these residents so that they will remain in Stamford and other
families will locate here.

What additional services do these segments of the population need? In particular, there is a
shortage of family rental housing. A concerted effort is needed to rehabilitate the many older
residences in Stamford in need of repair. Funding needs to be available for existing or prospective
homeowners to improve these buildings. Also, prospective residents and/or homebuyers need to

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be made aware of the first-time homebuyer and renovation programs available through the
Western Catskill Community Revitalization Council. A further component to a strategy of attracting
and retaining families is to expand services and facilities for the young. Expanded childcare
facilities and a youth center and programming are needed to attract and support families. The
Village should continue its efforts to improve existing recreational facilities.

Stamford has a unique opportunity to attract residents stemming from the proposed expansion of
Tyco Healthcare in the Village of Hobart. Tyco employees are likely to be drawn to a community
that offers the possibility of owning a large attractive home, in a beautiful setting, with a good
school system, and with access to the arts, recreation facilities, and a diverse downtown. In other
words, there is a direct synergy between improving the Village and attracting new residents.
Stamford should reach out to Tyco Healthcare and its new employees to market the Village and its
assets.

Chapter 3
3.1 Village of Stamford Goals & Recommendations

Goals and objectives are formal statements of what Stamford hopes to achieve over the life of the
plan. Goals formalize the broad vision presented in the preceding chapter, and they provide a
policy framework for the future. In addition to those developed for the broad vision, goals have
been developed to address other specific issues raised elsewhere in the plan. Following each
section of goals, specific actions are recommended.

Funding is critical to achieving the recommendations of the plan. A directory of potential sources
of funding available to assist with goal implementation can be found in the appendices. To date,
Stamford has been fortunate to receive funding from local foundations for a number of its
programs and facilities. Local sources can be an effective way of providing the required match
commonly necessary for many State and Federal grant applications. Therefore, local funds can
be used to leverage other funding from the State and Federal Government for a broad range of
activities.

In order to maintain the rural character of a small, clean village while encouraging compatible
forms of economic growth, development should be reviewed carefully to ensure that it doesn‟t
lessen the quality of life. Focus should be on maintaining the village as a comfortable place to
live, work, and do business by preserving the:
     Friendly atmosphere
     Clean appearance
     Rural recreation
     Small village atmosphere with necessities available locally
     Village “decorative” appearance

3.2 Environmental (Natural) Resources
    Establish an inventory of natural resources within the village.
    Protect the Village of Stamford drinking water supply from potential contamination.
    Limit certain types of development in environmentally sensitive areas.

Recommendations
   Create an overlay map depicting development limitations within the village.

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     Examine the results of the source water assessment study performed by the Delaware
      County Soil & Water Conservation District in 1999.
    Explore funding to purchase the 100+/- acres of land surrounding the village reservoir.
    Coordinate with the Town of Jefferson to conduct a “well-head protection study” for the
      lands surrounding the village reservoir.
3.3 Economic Development
    Bolster economic development through coordination with both public and private agencies
      devoted to business creation and development.
    Maintain a well-trained, diverse workforce.
    Retain existing businesses through tax incentives & marketing strategy.
    Encourage business start-ups in vacant commercial storefronts.
    Encourage businesses to utilize the substantial base of available youth.
    Target gaps in retail & services.
    Encourage economic development that will not adversely affect village character.
Recommendations
    Inventory vacant parcels available within the village, make list available to interested parties
      and potential buyers.
    Publicize available employment training opportunities offered in the county (OET)
    Develop work apprenticeship programs to occupy / employ youth.
    Provide opportunities for arts, crafts, and culturally related business to locate in village.
    Encourage self-employment, home occupations & telecommuting.
    Inform local businesses about benefits of NYS Real Property Tax Law, Section 485-b.
3.4 Main Street Improvement (community appearance)
    Encourage an increase in the scope and number of businesses along Main Street.
    Continue to improve the physical appearance of both the street and building stock.
    Continue to improve pedestrian access throughout the village.
    Attract businesses to locate in vacant Main Street storefronts.
    Provide for clear, consistent signage on main street properties.
Recommendations
    Pursue Main Street “Beautification” streetscape improvements including: street furniture,
      attractive landscaping, consistent signage, and safe pedestrian access.
    Continue participation with “Sidewalk Replacement Program”.
    Encourage citizens to improve appearance of Main St. properties.
    Publicize/popularize “Tree City” status through Arbor Day programs & activities.
    Inform local businesses about benefits of NYS Real Property Tax Law, Section 485-b.
    Inventory and publicize unique vacant commercial properties.
    Explore need/funding sources for the rehabilitation of the Village Hall

3.5 Community Facilities & Services
    Offer more activities / services geared towards the community youth.
    Increase community involvement in the Library.
    Insure consistent community participation in the Stamford Fire Department
    Enhance community security.
    Encourage increased community involvement and contribution from local churches
    Explore the creation additional day care services within the village.
    Expand available transportation services to outlying areas such as Hobart
    Explore new means of pedestrian movement.

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Recommendations
   Organize a volunteer program with incentives for attracting youth.
   Continue to explore and pursue funding sources to support the advancement of village
     library resources/facilities.
   Support any plans for a larger Library building with meeting facilities.
   Attract & maintain all ages of volunteer Fire Department members/participants.
   Offer incentives for long-term service from Fire Department volunteers.
   Encourage community youth in Fire Department activities & events.
   Pursue a state funded youth center and programs.
   Offer more activities / services geared towards the community youth.
   Develop work apprenticeship programs to occupy / employ youth.
   Establish regular dialogue with the State Police, request more frequent patrols as needed.
   Organize a community watch program for added security, full-time or for special events.
   Examine the need for a village taxi service.
   Administer more consistent enforcement of the posted speed limits.
   Publicize church “outreach” services currently available to village residents

3.6 Recreation & Cultural Resources
    Attract a wide range of recreational enthusiasts through public outreach
      agencies/publications
    Maintain and improve upon existing parks and other recreational areas
    Inventory existing recreation areas and plan additional areas uniquely to create a diverse
      balance of recreational opportunity.
    Attract a variety of recreation-based businesses
    Encourage development of the nearby Scotch Valley Ski center.
    Continue to develop festivals, fairs, craft shows and other event-based attractions to
      promote the history and arts of the community.
    Promote safe use of recreational facilities.
    Maintain and expand existing cultural resources.
    Encourage increased attendance to planned events, specifically out-of-village residents.

Recommendations
   Create an Open Space Plan to include an inventory and assessment of existing open
     space and recreation areas, the need for expansions, improvements, and additional sites.
   Provide clear, consistent signage identifying recreational opportunities.
   Create/post/distribute a village directory map depicting locations and amenities of each
     recreational facility.
   Expand the Catskill Scenic Trail; include picnic areas facilities near the trail.
   Develop Buntline Drive Nature Park in a unique manner that offers qualities not available at
     existing park facilities.
   Explore potential uses for village-owned lands atop Mt. Utsayantha.
   Promote and provide financial support to the Mt. Utsayantha Regional Arts League
     (MURAL), and Performance Plus, and Friends of Music.

3.7 Historic Resources
    Create/Support local historical society, advertise to attract interested parties.

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      Promote existing historical assets through historical society activities.
      Target historic preservation grant monies to restore and rehabilitate historic structures with
       historic value, with specific focus on Main Street properties.
      Transfer the management and storage of historical artifacts & records to the Stamford
       Historical Society for placement in historical museum.
      Prioritize historical assets for preservation efforts.

Recommendations
   Promote/Assist Historical Society with fund allocation and museum activities.
   Encourage eligible parties to apply for placement on Historical Registry and to seek out
     rehabilitation funding.
   Publish and make available brochures reflecting most popular historic locations.
   Continue to support a walking tour of the Village including the Churchill Historic District as
     well as other historically significant landmarks/areas.
   Consider historical accuracy when developing Main St. design guidelines.

3.8 Housing
    Encourage & support the improvement of existing village structures to accommodate
      housing needs.
    Use the Comprehensive Plan assessment of the declining building stock to direct
      rehabilitation to specific structures/areas of identified need.
    Promote increases in low/middle income housing.
    Promote increases in family and multi-family rental units.
    Promote increases in low maintenance, high security, and seasonal apts.

Recommendations
   Inform owners of properties in need of maintenance of available rehabilitation programs.
   Publicize and improve access to funding for first-time homeowners.
   Promote the rehabilitation of existing housing stock as well as encouraging new
     development in appropriate areas.
   Publicize and participate in programs offered by the Western Catskill Revitalization
     Corporation to purchase and rehabilitate homes.
   Contact absentee landlords to inform them of available rehabilitation programs.
   Enforce laws pertaining to illegally converted apartments.
   Consider working with the Mountain Eagle to offer an “Most improved property” award

3.9 Infrastructure
    Continue investigation and resolution of the identified inflow & infiltration (I&I) problem.
    Provide well-maintained sidewalks consistently throughout the village.
    Provide for adequate parking in all areas of the village.

Recommendations
   Continue to locate & prevent illegal connections to the village sewer system
   Replace one current “pit” style lagoon with a concrete lagoon.
   Replace existing cast iron water mains with ductile iron as needed.
   Continue participation with “Sidewalk Replacement Program”.
   Pursue the adoption of sewer laterals by the Village.

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9. Continue to comply with NYC regulatory restraints
     Increase awareness/understanding and encourage acceptance.
     Maintain non-restricted status of Cannonsville Reservoir.
     Explore a variety of alternative economic development possibilities.

Recommendations
   Direct new development towards goods and services, arts, and recreation.
   Continue sound environmental practices including phosphorus loading reduction practices.

10. Seniors
    Increase availability of home health care services
    Institute more recreation and leisure activities for community seniors
    Maintain senior transportation services at an adequate level of service.
    Encourage adequate housing for the elderly.

Recommendations
   Clearly post route schedules to encourage senior use of available travel services.
   Develop village recreational areas to accommodate “leisure” activities in compliance with
     the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
   Incorporate the role of local youth in senior recreation activities

11. Tourism
    Bolster the tourism economy by celebrating and promoting the rich history of the village, as
      well as outdoor recreational opportunities.
    Continue to promote and publicize local festivals & community events.

Recommendations
   Promote “tourist friendly” attributes of village in outlying communities; advertise in statewide
     publications.
   Focus on “resort era” roots angle for more culturally driven tourism.
   Promote leisure recreation activities for visitors
   Expand scope of local community events.
   Continue village decoration during holiday times

12. Land Use
    Promote consistent zoning enforcement
    Re-examine village district boundariesExamine special permit criteria

Recommendations
   Perform a comprehensive review of the village Zoning Ordinance
   Periodically examine Master Plan for needed updates.




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