LVPA rescue squad makes plans to disband

NEW LEBANON–Suppose you called 911 and nobody responded?

That scenario, though unlikely, is one possibility January 1 for residents of New Lebanon and those who live in the part of Canaan designated as Ambulance District #1. They are currently served by the Lebanon Valley Protective Association (LVPA) rescue squad. The squad learned in February that as a part of a fire company, it may not bill for its services, something it had been doing for years. Squad officials apprised the two towns that they had ceased billing but could not continue the service past the end of the year unless the towns picked up the $100,000 shortfall in the squad’s budget created by the restriction on billing. Read more…

Homes for people with mental illness alarm some

GREENPORT–A facility to house 8 to 12 persons with mental health issues on Arthur Avenue drew about 50 residents to the May 5 Town Board meeting. Responses from the public to the proposal by the Mental Health Association of Columbia and Greene Counties ranged from skeptical to outright hostile.

The association hopes to buy two duplex townhouses at 24, 26, 28 and 30 Arthur Avenue to provide “licensed treatment apartments” for patients working to re-enter society, with about six staff providing supervision and training in cooking, cleaning, personal maintenance and other life skills. Read more…

Gravel mine applicants sue Taghkanic over delay

TAGHKANIC–Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Jim Romaine announced at the May 10 ZBA meeting, that both the ZBA and the Town Board are defendants in an civil suit filed by Berry Pond LLC, the entity seeking a permit from the ZBA to start a gravel mine on Livingston Road. Read more…

Chatham village holds ‘emergency’ budget meeting

CHATHAM—The village clerk issued a notice late Friday afternoon that the Village Board would hold “an emergency budget meeting” Monday, May 17, at 4 p.m. at the Tracy Memorial.

Village Trustee Lael Locke said Sunday that she had been notified that the meeting was a workshop session for the board to work on the budget. She said it is a public meeting but that it intended to be “for us,” the board members, and not to seek input from the public.

The board faced budget protests from unusually large crowds at two meetings last week, with speakers critical of proposed spending increases. The increase was set at more than 12% when the board convened a public hearing on the budget Tuesday, May 11. The board met again Thursday, May 13, and proposed an increase of 8%, which also sparked critical comments from town residents and business owners, who said the increase was still too high. One woman said she an increase in village taxes would force her to leave her home on Church Street.

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Abitabile resigns from Hudson school board

HUDSON–School Board member Patricia Abitabile unexpectedly submitted her resignation at this week’s board meeting.

Ms. Abitabile, who just began her second term last spring, submitted her resignation, effective June 30. Her term runs through June 2014. At the board’s meeting Monday, May 10, she attributed the decision to an illness in her family. Read more…