They study current events up close. Jesanna Britten and Jen Crawford were not the only paddlers to have difficulty in the white water during the Roe Jan Creek Boat Club’s canoe race Saturday, May 16. With underwriting by the club, 51 racers in 35 canoes and kayaks arrived at the Bingham Mills Bridge in Livingston for a 10 a.m. start. The fundraiser netted $2,574 for the American Cancer Society. Photo by David Lee


Unequal charges vex village

CHATHAM – The Village Board has passed a motion to forgive last quarter’s sewer bills for residents on Harmon Heights Road. Residents on the village street have been paying four times the base rate for sewer service for several years. The board is going to review the rates before setting a new rate for the residents, who don’t use village water but do use the municipal sewer system.

“We can’t find any reason at all,” Village Clerk Barbara Henry said at the board’s regular meeting on May 14, during the discussion about why the seven houses on Harmon Heights Road pay $94 a quarter for sewer service. The minimum use charge elsewhere in the village is $21. The board will look into how to charge the residents, since sewer use is calculated based on water usage and the residents in question use a shared well and not village water. Read more…

K’hook approves (new) new roof contract

KINDERHOOK–The Village Board accepted a new contract for the Village Hall roof repairs at the board’s regular meeting last week. In a 3-2 vote, board awarded Mid-State Industries from Schenectady the $473,000 contract for the work.

Last month, the board awarded the job to a lower bidder, Carey Construction in Kingston, but Trustee Bob Puckett said at the May 13 meeting that the company had not given the village correct amounts. Mr. Puckett voted for the new contact along with village Trustees Brian Murphy and Rich Phillips. Read more…

Report illuminates unfair lighting bills

COPAKE—The two lighting districts in this town are relics of the dark ages and should be snuffed out.

That’s part of the conclusion of a report detailing the history and current status of the lighting districts presented by Councilwomen Susan Winchell-Sweeney and Jeanne Mettler at the May 14 Copake Town Board meeting.

According to a March 2007 research paper from the Office of State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, called Local Government Issues in Focus, a lighting district is just one of many kinds of special districts. ( Read more…

Feathers won’t fly at fair

CHATHAM–The state Department of Agriculture and Markets has placed a ban on all fowl competitions at all county fairs as a safeguard against avian flu. The department, commonly known as Ag and Markets, issued a press release Tuesday, May 19, saying that “the ban covers all breeds of fowl, including chickens, pigeons, turkeys, pheasants, guinea fowl, bantam poultry, geese, and ducks.” There are 45 county fairs and 6 chartered youth shows for the fair season that runs from June through October, according to the release.

The ban includes the Columbia County Fair, which is set for September 2 through 7. It also applies to the annual state fair in Syracuse. State exhibitors will be refunded their entry fee, according Ag and Markets. Entry forms for the Columbia County Fair have not gone out, so exhibitors have not yet been charged. Read more…

School district vote results 2015

GHENT–Below are the results of the Tuesday, May 19 school district elections in all six public school districts in Columbia County. An asterisk (*) indicates winners in board races.

Budgets and other ballot propositions in all districts were approved by voters by wide margins. All of the school boards adopted budget proposals that complied with the state “2% cap” on school district tax levy increases.

The Hudson City School District, the only district to report a turnout figure, said that just over 6% of all registered voters turned out for the election.





Yes 563

No 219


PROP. 1: Capital Reserve

…not to exceed $2 million

for construction and

buildings/grounds upkeep

Yes 529

No 237

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