By ADAM ATKINSON
CANTON – The town board here at their meeting Aug. 9 approved hiring M.J. Engineering and Land Surveying, based in Clifton Park and Watertown, to develop a new comprehensive plan for Canton.
The plan will include redevelopment options for River Street and a Taylor Park component, as well as plans for both the villages of Canton and Rensselaer Falls.
The cost of hiring the firm is around $54,500, said board members. Of that cost $37,500 would be borne by the town and village, with remaining cost picked up by a $17,500 grant.
Development of a new plan was put out for bid. Three bids were received, but the other two were much higher, and one of those had errors disqualifying it from the process.
A comprehensive plan for the town and villages has not been done since the 1970s.
“In my mind, this is money well spent,” said town councilman Phil LaMarche.