Repairs on two Hillsdale bridges will affect traffic flow

HILLSDALE–Town Highway Superintendent Richard Briggs advised the Town Board this week that the state will begin work in late April on two bridges in Hillsdale. One of the spans is on state Route 22 just south of County Route 7D, where traffic on Route 22 will be reduced to one lane.

The other is on county Route 21, a quarter mile from where it intersects with Route 22; that bridge will be completely closed. The work on the county Route 21 bridge will cause an approximately 15-mile detour through Spencertown. Mr. Briggs expects that some traffic will divert to Hunt and Dawson roads to save time and at the March 8 Town Board meeting he suggested that weight limits be set on those two roads to discourage large commercial vehicles from using them.

The bridge replacement work is expected to run through the entire summer.

In another matter discussed at this week’s board meeting, the KISS program, intended to provide a safe place where seniors can drop off documents for shredding, starts March 14 and runs to March 31. Two bins will be located at Town Hall where participants can deposit their documents. There will be fliers posted at the town offices and on the town website regarding appropriate materials for shredding.

In other business:

•The Hillsdale Toll House on Route 23 will be considered for listing in the National Register of Historic Places at a March 22 meeting. Supervisor Peter Cipkowski says that the Toll House owner is open to selling the building to a non-profit organization that will continue the preservation work

•The annual Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Palm Sunday, March 20, at Hamlet Park. Festivities starting at 1 p.m.

•Applications for summer youth programs will be available on the town website starting April 1. Enrollment costs $100 for the first child and $75 for each additional child

•There will be public hearings on a strategic master plan for Taconic State Park on March 16 at 6 p.m. in Millerton and April 2 at 10 a.m. at Copake Town Hall

•The board will hold a public hearing regarding the new aquifer map at 6:30 p.m. prior to the next monthly town meeting April 12. The Planning Board recommends adoption of the map

•The meeting concluded with the board unanimously adopting a resolution to appoint Supervisor Cipkowski the town marriage officer for 2016. Mr. Cipkowski says there will be “no fee” to be married by him.

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