Timothy F. Schick Staff writer
Section: LOCAL,  Page: B2

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 1986

Village officials are discussing turning the canal of the past into the road of the future.

The city of Albany, which borders the village, is seeking permission to extend Erie Boulevard along an abandoned portion of the Erie Canal into Menands. The new road would link up with an industrial park under development in North Albany. Documents giving the city permission to perform the work, which Albany has offered to fund completely, were presented at Monday's Village Board meeting.

Village Mayor Thomas Gibbs said as the city prepares to build the road, Menands should consider extending the road further, linking it with the Interstate-787 ramp by the former Montgomery Ward building.

Gibbs proposed arranging a meeting with property owners and officials of the city, Albany County and town of Colonie to determine the need and feasibility of the project.

"It would be a very expensive process," Gibbs said. "And I don't know if it's physically possible."

The village owns the former canal land, which could be used for a road bed, he said.

In other matters, the board approved an application for a $8,430 arson investigation grant from the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

The village is seeking the money to cover a portion of the cost of a police department arson investigator and the cost of photographic and fire safety equipment.

Among the safety equipment that would be purchased with the grant would be a firefighter's coat, boots and helmet.

The grant also would help in purchasing film projection equipment for use in a village fire prevention program. Currently the education program is limited by the availablity of audio-visual equipment from the Menands School.