New supermarket moves an aisle closer to opening

CHATHAM – Representatives of Price Chopper supermarket chain attended last week’s Village Board meeting to ask permission for the proposed new store on Route 66 to hook-up to village water lines.

Several people from Price Chopper and from the Schuyler Companies, a commercial real estate developer that co-owns buildings that house the Hudson and Catskill Price Chopper supermarkets were at the Thursday, May 27 meeting, where Schuyler officials discussed the new building, which the company plans to build next to the current supermarket on Hudson Avenue/Route 66. The company hopes to start construction in November.

Much of the proposed building would be in the Town of Ghent, with a small part inside the boundaries of the village. The company originally asked for permission to use both village water and its sewer system, but the village is currently trying to resolve sewer use violations identified by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Trustee George Grant, the village water and sewer commissioner, said at a recent meeting that no new buildings could hook up to the village sewer system until Chatham officials resolves the issues identified by the DEC. The sewer system often has more water following through it than the DEC permit allows.

In December the board adopted a motion to allow village attorney Nelson R. Alford to negotiate with the lawyers from Schuyler. Mr. Alford attended last Thursday’s meeting, at which the company representatives scaled back their request and said they were only asking to connect to the water system.

The board voted to give the company tentative permission to use village water pending a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR). After the meeting Mayor Paul Boehme said he had no knowledge of what the company planned to do for sewer.

The Schuyler Company plans to build a 45,000-square-foot building on the empty lot next to the current Price Chopper Plaza.

The village plans to have a public hearing about the project before the next Water and Sewer meeting Thursday, June 24.

The board also plans to hold a public hearing before its next regular meeting, June11, about a contract with Charter Communications for cable television service. “We are way, way overdue,” said Trustee Lael Locke. She said the Towns of Chatham and Ghent have already approved their contracts with the cable company.

Ms. Locke also said that Planning Board Chairman Steven Gitto wants to step down after the board finalizes its negotiations with Stewart’s for a new gas station and convenience store on Route 203 next to the County Fairgrounds.

“He’ll be hard to replace,” said Mayor Paul Boehme, who agreed with Ms. Locke that Mr. Gitto has lead the Planning Board well.

It was standing room only in the small meeting room on the first floor of the Tracy Memorial for the Thursday night meeting, with about 16 people in the audience. That was a large crowd by the normal standard for village meetings, but it was fewer than half the number of taxpayers who attended a series of budget meetings last month to express their concerns about the taxes in the village.

Michael Richardson, a labor relations consultant who works with many municipalities in the state, hoped his $1 contract for services to review budget lines with the board would be approved by the board at this meeting. But the board set aside discussion of the agreement, saying Thursday’s session was a water and sewer meeting. Board members did say they would address it at the next meeting.

Addressing the issue of budget reform, the mayor said to Mr. Richardson, “I want you to get to work, believe it or not.”

The next village meeting is Thursday, June 10, at 7:30pm at the Tracy Memorial.

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