Petition opposes ads near Hillsdale Civil War monument

HILLSDALE–Lifelong Hillsdale resident Beverly Stalker presented Town Supervisor Peter Cipkowski a petition this week with 200 hundred signatures supporting a ban on advertising at the Civil War monument on Anthony Street.

During the public comment portion of the monthly board meeting Tuesday, June 13 Ms. Stalker, who is “close to 80” years old, said the monument “is sacred ground and should remain free from any signs or any articles.”

She has expressed this opinion at past meetings but this was the first to which she brought a petition. She also told Mr. Cipkowski that she could get more signatures “if needed.”

The supervisor and other board members have expressed concerns for businesses near the monument that want to promote their services and wares.

Also at the meeting, Gretchen Stevens spoke on behalf of the Conservation Advisory Council, which plans to seek a grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to conduct a natural resources inventory. The grant submission deadline is July 12.

Ms. Stevens said the estimated cost for the project is $20, 000 and the grant requires a 50% cash or in-kind match. She said committee members are committed to an in-kind match of labor but that a 15% cash commitment from the town would be “helpful.”

Mr. Cipkowski and board members noted that the CAC currently does not have a budget line and that a cash commitment at this time was not possible. Ms. Stevens noted that Ancram has conducted a natural resources inventory while Hudson and New Lebanon are planning to do inventories.

In other business the board:

• Authorized prepayment for work to install a charging station for electric cars at the Town Hall parking lot pending approval by the town’s accountant. The town expects to be reimbursed by an already approved grant of slightly more than $15,300

• Agreed to partner with the state Department of Transportation (Region 8) to improve the safety and visibility for vehicles exiting and entering Whippoorwill Road onto and from State Route 22.

• Extended the solar power moratorium, proposed Local Law 2, until September 12, 2017

• Scheduled a public hearing on Local Law 3 regarding restrictions on solar farms for Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m. at Town Hall

• Heard that Hillsdale Housing Committee will host a public meeting at Town Hall, June 29, 6:30 pm, to report survey and focus groups results and get additional feedback regarding future housing projects in the town

• Heard Supervisor Cipkowski announce that the sidewalks project on the north side of Route 23 likely will be extended approximately 100 feet beyond the Town Hall.

• Learned from Town Clerk Cathy Doolan that shredding bins are available at Town Hall through June.

• Heard from board member Jill Sims-Ellis reported that the summer youth program is fully enrolled and that participants need to provide proof of immunization

• Heard bBoard member Steve Tygart report that the Memorial Day Flea Market hosted 44 vendors and made $1,700. Highway Superintendent Richard Briggs suggested that the town consider purchasing a smaller 10′ x 20′ pop-up tent in the future to better accommodate smaller events. The town’s current tent measures 20′ x 40′ feet.

Board member Carmen Barbato was not in attendance at the meeting.

The next town meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 18 at 7 p.m.

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