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The approaching demise of the Ames Store in Montrose has become the basis for a letter that could impact on future business and economic development in the county.

Justin Taylor, director of the Susquehanna County Economic Development Department, was given the green light to respond to the letter at last week’s meeting of the EDD Board of Directors.

"I am writing," the author said, "to express my concern and my wish that we try to have a Target Store replace Ames Store in Montrose –definitely not a WalMart. And we need to keep any new store and other commerce and shops all going in Montrose –not New Milford."

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Planning Comm. Has Varied Agenda

Despite the absences of the chairman, vice chairman and secretary, the Susquehanna County Planning Commission held its regular meeting on September 24 in the County Office Building and attended to a varied assortment of issues.

County Planning Director Robert Templeton reported that he and secretary/planner Amy Payne will be meeting with comprehensive plan coordinator Carson Helfrich this coming week, to assemble the completed draft components and reconcile these with the proposed table of contents. Then this work will be reviewed by the Planning Commission and outside reviewers. Templeton says, "In the introduction to the plan there are certain questions asked and problems identified. We need to find out if what has been written so far answers those questions or addresses those problems." Updating the county comprehensive plan has been a big project that is finally coming to fruition.

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