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CONGRATULATIONS for the Ichabod Crane Varsity Girls Softball Team and their coaches highlighted the Columbia County Board of Supervisors meeting July 13.  The team won this year’s New York State Softball Championship for Class B Public High Schools.

Head Coach Tracy Nytransky was designated 2022 Class B Softball Coach of the Year by the NY State Sportswriters & Coaches Organization for Girls Sports.

This was the third time the Ichabod Crane Girls Softball team won the state championship, according to Ms. Nytransky and Athletic Director Dave Ames. The previous times occurred in 2015 and 2018.

For these accomplishments the board awarded the team and the coach Certificates of Recognition.  County Board Chairman Matt Murell (R-Stockport) proclaimed the championship “a victory for all of Columbia County.”

The team certificate names the players: Ashley Ames, Paige Eitleman, Kari Graziano, Emma Heartquist, Ava Heffner, Clare Knapp, Abigail Milazzo, Morgan Ormerod, Sophia Saccento, Emma Scheitinger, Torre Tamez, Makayla Walsh, Gabriella Wendelken, Carolina Williams; the three coaches—Ms. Nytransky, Chris Saccento and Bob Wheeler—were also on the certificate.

Also at the meeting, the supervisors passed 33 resolutions. Among them were:

• Authorized Centrica Business Solutions to replace the roof of a County office building for a cost of up to $222,253. The building lies along North Sixth Street in Hudson and is connected to the building on the corner of Warren and Sixth Streets by a skywalk. Its existing roof, about 5,400 square feet, has reached the end of its useful life and “been prone to leaks,” according to the resolution

• Authorized building a connection between the Stewart’s store in Claverack and the new sewer line to Greenport.

• Accepted grants to the Department of Probation from the State Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). These grants “will allow the department to develop a program” to help youths and their families become aware of and take advantage of “available programs and services,” according to the resolution. One is a Rural Community of Practice Phase III Grant for $37,500; the other is a Rural Community of Practice Phase III Supplemental Grant for $22,500

• Agreed to purchase an adult 24-passenger bus for $177,200 and two Solar Tech Message Boards for

$37,000 for the Highway Department. The new bus replaces a “deteriorated” bus that Central Services is authorized to declare surplus and sell at an auction

• Appointments included: Cara Boyle to the county Environmental Management Council from Copake for a two-year term; Mary K. Nabozny reappointed to the Civil Service Commission for six years;

Charles Millar, Board of Trustees, Columbia Greene Community College

• Additional business included: nine authorizations to hire for open jobs; two redefinitions of existing jobs; authorization for Human Resources to establish standard work hours for specified employees and elected and appointed officials, for the state and local Retirement System; six contracts and agreements with outside consultants and service providers; and six budget adjustments.

The next full board meeting of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors will take place Wednesday, August 10 at 7 p.m. at 401 state Street.

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