G’town board deals with menu of local matters

GERMANTOWN–At its January 8 meeting the Town Board took action on routine items, including complying with the state Department of Environmental Conservation requirement that all wastewater treatment plant employees be certified.

The board allocated $1,050 dollars for Anthony Cidras to attend a wastewater treatment plant operation class. The board also seeks to send a backup person to school and in doing so there would be a $1,600 savings to the town.

On another topic, a public hearing on Amtrak’s plans to install gates and fences along its tracks on the banks of the Hudson River is scheduled for January 29, 2019 at 5-7 p.m. But town Supervisor Robert Beaury says this date is tentative.

The plans could reduce access to the river in six towns in the county that border the river. In response town officials, local citizens and Scenic Hudson have all sought to convince Amtrak to scale back or abandon the proposal.

In other business last week:

• The board plans to adopt Local Law 2, which will reduce the Planning Board membership from six members five. Planning Board policies and procedures are to be revised, and the Town Board is seeking recommendations from Planning Board members for a new chairperson for the Planning Board

• Trevor Speenburg and Emil Ericson are independently working on a town logo

• Local Law 1 of 2019, which calls for no parking in the hamlet between November 15 and March 15 has been adopted

• The board authorized the supervisor to enter into a shared services agreement with Columbia County Managed Information Systems

• A new video camera is to be purchased at $150; recording and transmission of Town Board meetings will be set up on YouTube by the webmaster

• A committee communication protocol calls for any town committee communicating with state or federal agencies to seek the Town Board’s approval when representing the town

• The former town police office will now be used as a satellite office by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office

• Lighting on town roads will be converted to LED bulbs

• Despite the rain the Winter Stroll was a success.

The Board also met January 2 for its annual reorganization meeting. A complete list all assignments and salaries is online at www.germantownny.org, click on Town minutes.

The next Town Board meeting is Tuesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 50 Palatine Park Road.

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