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Sign of the brine. The county’s salt shed in Greenport was stocked late last week. Columbia County Highway Superintendent Bernard Kelleher, Jr. (pictured) picks up a bit of trash that has blown in. Road salt is purchased by contract from the Office of General Services (OGS). According to Mr. Kelleher, after last winter, the salt sheds were near empty. “Our contract this year projected 13,000 tons of salt, 70% of which we must take regardless of usage. This year we have used 5,800 tons, so even if there is no snow, I still have to buy 3,300 tons,” he said. He also said that having this much excess salt has only happened once before. “The OGS held the excess for us but we had to pay a fee. This year we will find places here to stockpile it,” he said. There are seven storage facilities in the county. It’s likely some of the salt was on the roads after this week’s snow storm. Photo by David Lee

G’town school board gets down to upgrade details

GERMANTOWN—Progress on the Capital Project was the main topic of a January 27 special meeting of the Germantown Central School District the Board of Education.

District architect David Sammel reported that work completed in January included meetings with a theater consultant who will help in getting sightlines and acoustics right in the new auditorium.

“Estimates [on the auditorium] came in high, so we’ve been working to trim the price,” said Mr. Sammel, of Sammel Architects in Somers. For example, the cost of cooling was “a huge number. You have to increase power to the building for cooling, and if we can reduce that, we can save $200,000.” Read more…

Voters OK $19.9 M Hudson schools upgrade

HUDSON– Voters in the Hudson City School District approved two propositions in a special election Tuesday, February 9.

On Proposition 2, a $19.9-million bond issue to fund expansion and capital improvements at the M.C. Smith Intermediate School and capital improvements at Hudson High School and the John L. Edwards Primary School, the vote was Yes 611 versus No 399. Read more…

Hudson School District voters approve $19.9 M bond

HUDSON–Voters in the Hudson City School District approved two propositions in a special election Tuesday.

On Proposition 2, a $19.9-million bond issue to fund expansion and capital improvements at the M.C. Smith Intermediate School and capital improvements at Hudson High School and the John L. Edwards Primary School, the vote was Yes 611 versus No 399.

On Proposition 1, which authorizes the sale of Claverack School building on Route 23B, the vote was Yes  935 versus No 79.

The buyer of the Claverack School building is Jeffrey Gibson and the minimum price is $380,000. The building has not been used as a school for many years but was recently converted into a temporary county courthouse while the County Courthouse on Union Street underwent expansion and renovations.

Planners grill Dollar General developer

GERMANTOWN—In December 2015 the Planning Board hired Ted Fink, a certified planner and proprietor of Greenplan, Inc., in Rhinebeck, as advisor on the application of Primax Properties for a Dollar General retail store on Route 9G.

Mr. Fink has now read the application file and given the planners his written comments. These comments will be discussed at a special meeting of the Planning Board Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Read more…

Hudson keeps talking about $19.9M upgrade plan

HUDSON–On February 9, Hudson City School District voters will determine whether to allow the district to borrow up to $19.9 million for upgrades to its buildings and grounds. In advance of the vote the district has held a series of “community conversations,” the most recent of which took place January 23, with people asking about of sidewalks, athletic turf, the proposed enlargement of the Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School building (MCS) and the fate of the John L. Edwards Primary School (JLE).

Construction plans, called the Capital Project, include a mandated upgrade of heating, ventilation and lighting as well as optional projects, including new a high school track and other athletic facilities. There would be upgrades to the oldest MCS wing and the school would be enlarged to hold more grades so that the district could close JLE on State Street sometime between 2019 and 2021. Read more…