Ghent calls for help at pantry, Meals on Wheels

GHENT–Town Board members commented at last week’s meeting on the desperate need for volunteers to help with the food pantry and Meals on Wheels.

In the month of July approximately 80 families were served through the pantry and new customers are being added each month.

The hours volunteers are needed at the food pantry are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon; for Meals on Wheels the hours for volunteers are Monday through Friday until 11 a.m. For more information on volunteering or to become a volunteer, call Town Clerk Michelle Radley, 518-392-4644 or visit the Town Hall on Route 66 in the hamlet.

In other Ghent news from the September 21 meeting:

• Celebration preparations for the town bicentennial are under way, as Ghent approaches its 200th birthday in 2018. The Bicentennial Committee is looking for old photos or mementos of Ghent throughout the years that can be scanned and added to the bicentennial commemorative journal.

Additionally, there will be a recording session at the Town Hall September 30 for local residents to come and share their memories of Ghent. The session will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and all are welcome to come and tell their stories

• The Harlemville Road bridge is undergoing temporary repairs, but town officials hope it will be open to the public soon.

• Angel Hill Road bridge is still out of commission, with no reopening in sight before the end of the year.

“It’s a small bridge, but a large undertaking,” said Highway Superintendent Benjamin Perry. “It will not be built this year.”

Engineers have been consulted, and it has been determined that the pylons will be left in the creek bed, and repairs will be done on the rest of the bridge. Estimated costs of engineering fees alone are around $18,000, and repairs of the bridge will in part be paid for by state aid that goes toward road repair.

There will be a public hearing regarding the revision of Local Law #2 regarding the extension of special use permits at 6:45 p.m. on October 19 at the Town Hall located on Route 66. The next Town Board meeting follows immediately afterward, beginning at 7 p.m.

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