Board OKs Perth plan

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Planning Board recently approved the town of Perth’s new Comprehensive Plan, which lays out various ways to improve the town, from housing to land use.

The board reviewed the Perth plan – assembled by a volunteer commission – in a state General Municipal Law review of projects at the Fort Johnstown Annex.

“They did a tremendous job on this study, and overall, it should have a positive impact on the county,” said board member Timothy Munn.

County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty said the Perth Comprehensive Plan Commission completed the document Aug. 19. He helped advise the group.

The plan can be found on the town’s website: Its stated overall goal is “to preserve our residents’ quality of life, enhance the character of the community, encourage commercial and residential growth, and at the same time protect and conservative our natural environmental and invaluable resources.”

“They actually got a tremendous data base together,” Geraghty said.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the town of Perth’s population reached 3,646 residents. This was an increase of only eight residents or .2 percent over the 2000 Census figure.

However, the number is somewhat deceiving because of the decline in Tryon Detention Facility residents.

Some of the recommendations contained in the plan were:

A listing of all properties eligible for inclusion on the National and State Registers of Historic Places should be developed.

Maintenance and appearance of the Town Hall/Senior Annex must receive constant attention. Aesthetic upgrades, including repaved parking areas, sidewalks and additional landscaping, should be undertaken.

Encourage the local farming community to work together to organize a farmer’s market that can be located in the updated parking areas adjacent to the Grange Building.

The town must work with the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District to inventory recreational opportunities in the community and to provide new recreational resources that complement those provided by each entity.

Geraghty said commission members noted as the plan was being developed there are some limitations in the town.

“There simply isn’t going to be water and sewer extended to every part of the town of Perth,” he said.