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Dance to summer before school begins again. Parsons dancer Eoghan Dillon models dance movements for young dancers, including two boys, above, Paul Lehmann and Simon Servetar, (l) at a studio space in an old barn on the property of PS21 in Chatham. Parsons Dance, the New York City based contemporary dance company founded by David Parsons, returns for its 10th season at PS21. This year the dance company conducted a youth workshop August 25 and held an open rehearsal the next day at the PS21 tent on Route 66. Parsons Dance will perform Friday and Saturday, August 28 and 29. Photo by David Lee

No tenting tonight on G’town’s shores

GERMANTOWN—“Backyard” campers are trying to move in to Cheviot Landing. The landing, at the bottom of a steep hill leading to the Hudson River, is described on the town’s website as an access point for boaters and fishing fans. Like all of the town’s parks, it is closed between sunset and sunrise. It has no toilet facilities or running water.

It is not a campground.

Nevertheless, resident Jo Hill reported to the Town Board Monday that on five weekends this summer, Cheviot hosted campers. They pitched tents and made campfires only a few hundred yards from residents’ homes. Read more…

Copake needs better manners? Says who?

COPAKE—Members of non-elected boards will not have to be taught how to behave appropriately at public meetings.

At its August 8 meeting, the Town Board voted three-to-two not to require training on how to deal with the public in a respectful manner.

The Town Board discussion about this behavior or professionalism training began back in February after the Copake Board of Ethics issued a January opinion on two complaint letters it received from Copake citizens expressing concerns about how members of non-elected boards behaved at public meetings. Read more…

Village explores routes leading to a shared DPW

KINDERHOOK – Village Mayor Carol Weaver announced at the Village Board’s regular meeting last week that a committee had been formed with the Town of Kinderhook to look into sharing Department of Public Works (DPW) services. The village DPW garage and most of its equipment were destroyed in a fire in May.

At the August 12 meeting, Mayor Weaver said the board was looking into all its options on how to move forward with the DPW. The board could choose to rebuild the garage and replace the equipment or the village could enter into a contract with the town to have the town DPW take over public works in the village. The Village of Valatie, which is also in the Town of Kinderhook, dissolved its DPW several years ago and has a contract with the town to perform the services, which include snowplowing, road repair and other construction projects. Read more…

Valatie set to put muscle behind ticket law

VALATIE–The Village Board moved closer last week to creating village parking tickets.

The meeting Tuesday, August 11 also saw the approval of more projects at the village’s Waste Water Treatment Plant, which officials hope will mean the end of the major upgrades that have been going on at the plant for several years.

Village Attorney Rob Fitzsimmons told the board that he’d reviewed the proposed traffic laws for the village along with the fines charged for tickets. He also said that he found law supporting the claim by the village that Valatie is entitled to receive the money from parking tickets even though the village does not have its own court. Village cases go through the Town of Kinderhook Court. Read more…

New CEDC chief offers payment for $1-deal

HUDSON—F. Michael Tucker, the new interim executive director of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) reported to the Economic Development Committee of the county Board of Supervisors this week on his review of CEDC operations. He also asked that the board restore the agency’s funding for this year and continue its support in 2016, proposing that the CEDC reimburse the county for a controversial land deal.

Earlier this year supervisors cut off funding for the CEDC, budgeted at $437,000 per year paid quarterly, pending a review along the lines of the one Mr. Tucker unveiled at Monday’s meeting.

In a presentation that ran almost 90 minutes, Mr. Tucker included a detailed review of business loans made by the CEDC revolving loan fund and federal Small Business Administration loans that the CEDC administers in Columbia and Greene Counties. Read more…