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Chatham adds truck, updates cops roster PDF Print E-mail
Written by EMILIA TEASDALE   
Monday, 21 July 2014 07:36

CHATHAM – The Village Board last week approved $88,000 for the purchase of a new truck and outfitted for use by the Department of Works. The board plans to use funds from the state Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, known as "CHIPS" money, to pay for the truck.

The village has $77,000 in CHIPS money that DPW Foreman Mike Losa told the board at the July 10 meeting, which said had been sitting in the account for a few years. He advised the board that the village should use those funds first and "then use your own money.”

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Claverack set to rezone old school now court PDF Print E-mail
Written by MATT BATHRICK   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 07:48

CLAVERACK--The Town Board is moving forward with proposed changes to the zoning law to add the old Claverack School building to the Hamlet Business 1 District (HB1). The property, owned by the Hudson City School District, is currently in the Hamlet Residential District and is temporarily being used as the county court while the County Courthouse in Hudson is undergoing renovations. Town Supervisor Clifford “Kippy” Weigelt said the county is expected to move out of the school building by October 25.

Claverack Town Attorney Robert Fitzsimmons said last week that the school district has an interested buyer that would use the building as a “multi-business cultivator.” But residential zoning limits commercial uses. The property borders the Hamlet Business District.

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Ghent, TCI settle as company moves across river PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Bathrick   
Friday, 18 July 2014 00:22

GHENT--Nearly two years after the massive fire and explosions on Falls Industrial Road in West Ghent released plumes of smoke that triggered air quality alerts around Columbia County and beyond, the Town of Ghent and TCI of NY appear to have made their separation official.

Ghent Town Attorney Ted Guterman announced Thursday evening that the town and TCI, a company that prepares old electrical transformers for recycling, have come to terms on a settlement in the lawsuit initially brought against the town by TCI last year.

“The town of Ghent is pleased to announce that all litigation matters between the Town of Ghent and TCI of NY, LLC have been resolved and the lawsuits discontinued,” said Mr. Guterman, reading from a prepared statement at the July 17 Town Board meeting.

Stipulations provided by the settlement require TCI to withdraw its application to rebuild at the West Ghent site, and to have all transformers currently stored there removed by December 31 of this year. Mr. Guterman said that the state Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed that the transformers currently at the site were constructed after 1990, which means they do not contain PCB oil.

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Our culture inspires Omi artists from abroad PDF Print E-mail
Written by JUSTIN DAVIS   
Friday, 18 July 2014 08:49

GHENT--Art Omi celebrated the end of its latest residency program last weekend, displaying the effort and achievements of the international artists participating in the program. The organization receives nearly a thousand applications from artists all over the world this year selected about 30 from 24 countries--a mingling of cultures and influences, with some of the artists taking inspiration from the history and scenery of Columbia County.

Several artists were moved by Second Amendment fervor. Jochen Holler, an Austrian who creates his work by clipping strips of texts or pictures from various publications and creating an image related to the text, was astonished that "you can buy a gun in a supermarket."

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What do you mean you quit? PDF Print E-mail
Written by DIANE VALDEN   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:13

COPAKE—Marcia Becker wants to be reappointed to two committees she resigned from in May.

But her request for reinstatement went nowhere at the July 10 Town Board meeting, when a vote on the matter ended in a tie.

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