Community & Economic Development
The Town of Thompson has made community and economic development a top priority, here are some of the major initiatives we are excited to share with you.
Grow the Gateways Plan and Project
The GTG is a strategic plan developed with the assistance of the County Planning Department for the Village of Monticello and the Town of Thompson to improve targeted corridors through economic development initiatives, zoning, improved design standards and collaboration. The steering committee comprised of County, Town and Village Officials and staff, the IDA, Monticello Central School District, County Visitor’s Association, Sullivan Renaissance, and Granite Associates continues to meet monthly to further advance the recommendations of the plan. [Download GTG Plan PDF]
As recommended in the Grow the Gateway Project, The Town along with the Village of Monticello have adopted design guidelines for our commerce centers to enhance the Town’s visual appearance. [Download Design Guidelines PDF]
New Sign Code and Guide
With assistance from the Sullivan County Business-Friendly Zoning Program, the Town has adopted a new Sign Code (Local Law 2 of 2019) and design guide. The purpose of the new code is to establish standards for signs to help preserve and improve the appearance of the Town, and to promote public safety by regulating the location, quality, construction and maintenance of signs. The goal of the guide is to assist sign owners to comply with the new sign code and promote effective signage. [Download Sign Guidelines PDF]
New Welcome Signs
With assistance provided from a County Sullivan Signs Grant, the Town is designing and installing new welcome signs along the major roadways into the Town.
As part of the Town’s Sullivan Renaissance Municipal grant program this year, we will be installing new banners along the Route 42 commercial corridor.
Peace, Doves and Music: Celebrating Woodstock’s 50th With ‘Dove Trail’
The Town of Thompson worked with the Sullivan County Visitor’s Association to promote the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival, which took place in Sullivan County. Stop by and take a photo with one of our doves, located on Rock Hill Drive in Rock Hill (across from The Sullivan) and on State Route 17B “Woodstock Way” at Collins Field. To learn more about the project visit: https://sullivancatskills.com/
The Town of Thompson, along with several other municipalities in the County, including the County, are participating in an LED Streetlight Conversion Program with the New York Power Authority. The upgrade of over 800 streetlights to LED is estimated to save the Town over $92,000 in energy cost annually.
Electric Car Charging Station
In 2017, the Town of Thompson installed an EVCS at the Town Hall, with funding from the State Environmental Conservation Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program and the Sullivan County Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program. In 2018, the EVCS charged more than 254 cars attracting drivers from both inside and outside the County and State. As one driver’s tip left on the Chargepoint app stated “Great spot next to a shopping plaza, restaurants, supermarkets and Home Depot.”
One Room Schoolhouse Project
The Town of Thompson is working with the One Room Schoolhouse Committee to secure funding to install roadside markers commemorating the 21 one room schoolhouses that were in the Town. Funding has been secured from the William J. Pomeroy Foundation and the Sullivan Signs program as well as a contribution from the Town. To learn more about the project visit: http://oneroomschoolsthompsonny.com/.