Germantown is last stop for Opioid Crisis Forum

GERMANTOWN–The town hosts the fourth of four community outreach efforts to educate the public about Columbia County’s Opioid Epidemic Response Plan Thursday, October 12 at 6 p.m. in Town Hall.

The forums began at the Hudson Area Library in August and continued in Valatie and Copake in September.

Residents can expect a panel of county officials and community-based service providers to discuss their efforts, with a focus on the County Response Plan, what the county has done to this point to stem the crisis, and available services. Panelists will also take questions from the audience.

Germantown is ready for this information, according to Supervisor Joel Craig. “We have had several overdoses in this town,” he told The Columbia Paper after the September 19 Town Board meeting, “and last week the Sheriff’s department arrested a person who was selling drugs in this town.”

In addition to destroying families. the crisis is “taxing law enforcement and service agencies,” said Mr. Craig.

In other town plans:

• As previously announced (The Columbia Paper, September 21, 2017) the Planning Board holds a Public Hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) prepared by Primax Properties as part of its application for a Dollar General retail store on Route 9G. The hearing takes place tonight, September 28, at 7 p.m. at the Kellner Activities Building on Palatine Park Road. The DEIS is on the town website, germantownny.org.

The deadline for written comments on the DEIS is noon Wednesday, October 25. Written comments can be mailed to Town Hall, 50 Palatine Park Road, Germantown, NY 12525, Att: Jami DelPozzo or emailed to

• The Town Board holds budget workshops Tuesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 26 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall. Those are the only budget workshops planned at this time, Mr. Craig said September 19. Since they are workshops, he said Tuesday, they have no set agenda.

• The Town Board holds a public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan update Thursday, October 19 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

Brittany DuFresne was the only Town Board member absent from the September 19 meeting. In the audience were nine people, but none chose to speak during the time allotted for the public to address the board.

The next Town Board meeting is Tuesday, October 17 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

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