Fort Hardy Park

Fort Hardy Park on Ferry Street is seen last year in Schuylerville. The old Champlain Canal has overflowed in recent storms, flooding the park, and residents are concerned that the floods carried PCBs onto the ballfields.

Post-Star file photo

SCHUYLERVILLE — The new Village Board is changing the look of everything from retention ponds to the village website.

The board hired eVision Digital Marketing of Queensbury to remake the website. Plans include buying new software so residents can pay their sewer and tax bills online.

The new website will also have much more content and beautiful photos of the historic village.

“If you were to go to the town of Hartford’s website, when they did theirs, that energized me,” said Mayor Dan Carpenter, calling Hartford’s site a “model” of what Schuylerville’s site should be.

The new board is also moving ahead with plans to fix sidewalks and plant trees. The new sidewalk committee will take a tour of the village sidewalks to create an inventory of their condition, Carpenter said.

The new tree committee is picking places for new plantings — and they’re not limiting themselves to trees.

They plan to put bushes in front of the two retention ponds on Morgans Run.

“They are surrounded by an ugly chainlink fence,” Carpenter said. “It’s not just trees, it’s shrubberies, so you’re not just looking at an ugly fence.”

Both committees have many months to pick the areas of the village that need improvement most. While concrete can be poured for a couple more months, trees can’t be planted in the fall because they might not survive freezing temperatures.

“The opportunity for planting this year has pretty much come and gone,” Carpenter said.

That means the committee has time to make detailed plans and set a budget, he said.

The board is also working to get residents to make public comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the dredging of PCBs in the Hudson River.

Carpenter wants the EPA to test the old Champlain Canal to see whether it is also contaminated with PCBs. In a recent storm, the canal overflowed and flooded a large section of Fort Hardy Park, covering the ballfields. General Electric was not required to dredge the old canal, and Carpenter wants someone to take responsibility for the situation.

“I can’t do anything about that. I don’t own it, the state owns it,” he said. “We need to test the original Champlain Canal.”

You can reach Kathleen Moore at 742-3247 or kmoore@poststar.com. Follow her on Twitter @ByKathleenMoore or at her blog on www.poststar.com.

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