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Clifton Park considering buying golf course

Clifton Park considering buying golf course

The town is considering the possible purchase of the Barney Road Golf Course, which is located in

The town is considering the possible purchase of the Barney Road Golf Course, which is located in the Clifton Knolls housing development between Clifton Park Center Road and Grooms Road.

“There is a lot of interest here but we need to take a close look [at the possible purchase price],” said Supervisor Philip Barrett at Monday’s Town Board meeting.

Robert Phillips and Peter Murray, who currently own the par 3, executive golf course, told Barrett that they would not sell the 45-acre property until the Town Board has a chance to consider purchasing it.

Barrett said a few years ago there was talk that the golf course owners planned to develop the golf course into more housing units, but these were just unsubstantiated rumors.

“It’s a beautiful property, a good location,” Barrett said.

The Town Board has been interested in preserving open space in the town in recent years, protecting hundreds of acres of land over the past year alone.

“We need to do our due diligence,” Barrett said. He said the town will look at appraisals of the property and discuss prices with the owners.

“It has to be at the right price, at the right terms,” Barrett said.

“We need to ask everybody for patience,” he said.

The Town Board also approved new one-year contracts with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department for 24-hour police protection in the town.

The total cost of the three contracts is more than $500,000 for the year. One of the police protection contracts is for sheriff’s patrols in the Northway Exit 9 area in both Clifton Park and the town of Halfmoon with each town paying a portion of the contract.

The board also agreed to spend up to $157,000 for engineering work associated with the new Crescent Road bike and pedestrian trail improvement project in the Northway Exit 8 area of the town. The town is also partnering in this project with the town of Halfmoon.

The project includes 80 percent federal money and 20 percent local share money from the two towns.

The board approved a mass gathering permit for a carnival to be held at Clifton Park Center mall from April 27 through May 2. The annual carnival is a fundraising effort by the Kiwanis Club of Wilton.

Norman Goldman of London Square, a regular at Town Board meetings, said it appeared that the carnival operators would also have to obtain a peddlers’ permit from the town. Town officials said they did not think this was the case for a charity-related event.

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