GERMANTOWN–This month’s Town Board meeting included a public hearing on and the adoption of Local Law No. 3 of 2018, which prohibits parking in the hamlet from November 15 through March 15 from midnight to 6 a.m.
The new law was initiated because of the difficulty the Highway Department has in completely clearing Main Street when it snows. The parking ordinance will impact approximately 12 parking spots. Red and white signs will be posted throughout town, three of which will be posted in the municipal parking lot. Parking spaces in the municipal lot will be available but restrictions apply: unregistered vehicles, vehicles with invalid inspections, trailers and unhitched trailers or any unauthorized vehicle will be issued tickets and towing will be at the drivers’ expense.
Residents also learned at the meeting the Columbia County will charge for disposal of recyclable materials starting in 2019. The town clerk will be selling permits at $50 dollars per household or $35 for seniors 65 and older. The permits will be $100 for out-of-town users. This new expense is a result of China no longer accepting recyclables from the United States and the use of the county recycling drop-off places by out-of-town residents.
Also at the meeting:
• The board announced that sewer district will be updated at a cost of $2.5 million, however that cost will be reduced by a grant from the state in the amount of $625,000 for the waste water treatment plant, which will reduce the cost to $1.9 million. Some homeowners will see an bill increase. A public hearing is scheduled for the January Town Board meeting at 6:45 p.m.
• National Grid has offered the town a grant for $2,600 for the conversation of the some 50 streetlights to LED lights at the cost of $742.16.
• The town clerk received a letter of resignation from Town Historian Susan Raab, effective January 1, 2019.
• Supervisor Robert Beaury will revise and arrange to print new parking tickets
• Ice-skating on Lake George South is approved and a flag will indicate when it’s. However, skating will be at the individual’s “own risk”
• The Kellner Community Center will serve a staging area for the Red Cross and Columbia County Emergency Management in the event of a large-scale medical emergency.
• There will be a blood drive Saturday, December 22 at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kellner Activity Building.
The yearend Town Board meeting is December 27 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 50 Palatine Park Road.