HILLSDALE–During the public comment portion of the monthly Town Board meeting June 12 hamlet resident Craig Norton asked the board to pursue a “No Engine Brakes” sign to address the issue of truck noise on Route 23 as the vehicles enter Hillsdale from the west.
Mr. Norton, a 25-year hamlet resident, described the noise from large, short-haul trucks as ranging from “annoying to unbearable,” He added, “I love [the new] sidewalks and street lights but would trade for one lousy sign.”
Town Supervisor Peter Cipkowski remarked that the state Department of Transportation has not been receptive to past town requests for signs to lower speed limits along sections of Route 22 and suggested that Mr. Norton organize a petition drive among hamlet residents for a “No Engine Brakes” sign. Mr. Cipkowski acknowledged that some residents are averse to “sign pollution” in the hamlet.
In other business:
• Supervisor Cipkowski announced that the deadline for Spectrum to complete broadband wiring for legacy customers has been extended until June 25
• Tax Collector Joe Hanselman reported that $3,928,000 in 2018 property taxes have been paid for a 94% collection rate
• Board member Robina Ward reported that electrical work in the town hall basement is progressing in a timely manner. She estimated that all renovation work should be completed by August. The Food Pantry plans to relocate to the town hall.
• Clean Energy chair Tom Carty reported that business is picking up at the town’s electric car charging station. Since its installation a few months ago the station has had a five-car monthly usage rate, but so far in June–the start of the summer tourism season–there has been an uptick in usage exceeding past monthly numbers. Mr. Carty added that Roe Jan Library on Route 22 is interested in adding a charging station on its grounds
• Town Clerk Kathi Doolan announced that shredding bins for documents are available at town hall through the end of June
• Conservation Advisory Council member Gretchen Stevens updated the board on the Natural Resources Inventory project. When complete, Ms. Stevens says the information will be invaluable to landowners, as well as the town’s planning and zoning committees. For now the project is a collection of maps. Ms. Stevens said that the committee would welcome photos of local flora and fauna.
Regarding county business, Supervisor Cipkowski announced that the Board of Supervisors:
• Will invest $2 million dollars for airport improvements and that Hillsdale’s contribution is $100,000
• Will create the position of housing coordinator to deal with the county’s homeless population
• Will review a ban on sparklers during fireworks displays. Both Fire District Chief Joe Hanselman and Highway Superintendent Richard Briggs said that they supported the ban.
The next town meeting is Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m.