Hudson schools plan to open… or not to

HUDSON—Funding uncertainties, school reopening plans and school safety for the 2020-21 school year dominated the Hudson City School District Board of Education organizational meeting July 1.

The amount of money school districts will get from the state is still uncertain, and, “it’s hard to make decisions” when one does not know how much money one will get to support them, said district Business Administrator Jesse Boehme. “It’s very frustrating.”

There remains “concern that the state budget that was passed might not be the budget implemented,” said district Superintendent Maria L. Suttmeier. Read more…

Officials enforce Covid-19 safety rules

HUDSON—Columbia County officials say they are concerned about the recent uptick in positive coronavirus tests in northern Columbia County.

The spike has sounded alarm bells for county leadership, raising concerns that a large-scale coronavirus spread may be in the offing if individuals fail to take the appropriate measures to combat the spread of the virus.

In a July 6 press release, Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb said that “clusters are popping up—we hope it stays that way and doesn’t develop into something larger.” Read more…

Hudson shared summer streets

Warren Street in Hudson was busy Sunday afternoon, June 28, as the city tried out a new shared street approach designed to get the city back in business while maintaining physical distancing. Barriers were set up at each intersection from 7th to Front Street which were passable with cars, bikes, strollers and dogs on leashes but with a 5 mph speed limit enforced by bicycle mounted police. Governor Cuomo confirmed this week that the Capital Region, which Columbia County is part of, would be entering Phase 4 of the statewide re-opening. For more information on Phase 4 go to columbiachamber-ny.com. Photo by David Lee

Chatham readies ‘stop-gap’ short-term rental regs

CHATHAM—The Town Board voted three-to-two to move forward with a public hearing on a proposed law governing short-term rentals (STRs). The board vote came during a June 18 online meeting using the Google Meets platform. The proposed law is on the town’s website, www.chathamnewyork.us

The board’s vote also sends the proposed law to the county Planning Board for review and sets the public hearing for August 6.

Supervisor Donal Collins and board members Vance Pitkin and Abi Mesick voted Yes on the motion. Board members Kevin Weldon and John Wapner voted No. Read more…

Illegal fireworks + dry conditions = bad mix; 2 workers test positive

HUDSON—“As we approach the Fourth of July holiday weekend, I would like to remind everyone that the use of illegal fireworks can not only bring on an arrest, but with the drought conditions we are experiencing, may cause a fire,” Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell said in the county-issued Covid-19 update press release July 1.

In Columbia County, it is illegal to buy or use any type of fireworks.

“A fire has the potential to cause damage to property and people. This reckless disregard of the law forces local fire departments to unnecessarily expend their resources. The little bit of recent rain that has fallen has done virtually nothing to alleviate the dry conditions,” Chairman Murell said in the release. Read more…