Germantown tweaks sewer plant upgrade plan

GERMANTOWN—After a public hearing without public comment, the Town Board approved a revised resolution for the renovation of the town’s wastewater treatment plant, Supervisor Joel Craig said after the June 20 meeting.

Mr. Craig emphasized that the intent of the resolution and the cost of the renovation (no more than $2.5 million) remain the same. The only changes were to update the resolution’s language to current usage, he said, on the advice of bond counsel Christine Chale.

In other business at the June 20 meeting, the board:

•Authorized a stipend for Justice Wendy Nack-Lawlor, in addition to her annual salary of $6,000. After the retirement of Justice Robert Beaury in order to run for supervisor, Justice Nack-Lawlor handles the town’s full caseload. The town cannot appoint a temporary justice, said Mr. Craig, because no training is offered until after the election

•Reappointed Ellen Jouret-Epstein to the Columbia County Environmental Management Council

•Appointed Linda Gerlach to the Columbia County Youth Advisory Board

•Heard Mr. Craig announce that a Camp Palatine “Funraiser” takes place Thursday, July 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Tousey Winery in Clermont. All proceeds benefit the town’s summer camp for children

•Heard a few further comments on the proposed commercial venues law during the public comment period of the meeting. “We’re looking at the comments we’ve received, to see if we want to make any changes in the law before it goes to the county Planning Board for review,” said Mr. Craig

•Went into executive session to discuss a personnel issue and took no action upon returning to the open meeting.

All board members attended the 35-minute meeting, along with an audience that Mr. Craig described as “sparse,” at about eight people. The next Town Board meeting is Tuesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, 50 Palatine Park Road.

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