Lake Taghkanic State Park spruces up for season

GALLATIN–As Lake Taghkanic State Park’s May 14 opening day approaches, the park staff is rushing to prepare for an onslaught of summer visitors. They’ve been working ever since the park closed last fall, to repair and renew the park and its facilities for the coming year.

“The off-season is dedicated to prepping the park for the main season,” said Christopher Rickard, the park’s assistant manager. “There’s so much to do during that time, that I have never noticed a lull in activity,” he said. “You’re rushing to beat the clock. It’s such a big place, nature will always throw you a curve ball,” Mr. Rickard said. One such curve was the December 2008 ice storm, which caused tree damage that took two years to clean up. Read more…

ICC joins effort seeking tax relief

KINDERHOOK – The Ichabod Crane Board of Education approved a letter that will go to state legislators entitled “New York State’s Regulatory and Funding Framework for Public Education Is Unsustainable,” although they did require delete one sentence before voting in favor of the letter.

Board President John Phillips also announced at the Tuesday, April 27, meeting that there are three open seats on the on the board and the district has received three petitions from candidates; all three are from incumbent board members. With the deadline for filing petitions having expired Regina Rose, Anthony Welcome and John Antalek will run unopposed on the ballot for the annual election and budget vote May 18. Read more…

Occupancy case sparks call for clear policy

TAGHKANIC–Board members Joyce Thompson and Larry Kadish addressed a problem with record keeping by the town’s former building inspector at the May 3 meeting. It appears that some people have certificates of occupancy and others who should have them don’t.

Houses built before 1972 are not required to have the certificates, but many owners of homes built since 1972 who do not have them will run into problems if they try to sell or refinance, said town attorney Robert Fitzsimmons. Read more…

County reports it cut and saved in first quarter

HUDSON–Columbia County government spent $1 million less in the first quarter of 2010 than it did the year before and ended up with “a $1.5 million favorable net variance” compared to what the budget anticipated the county would spend.

The results were released Monday, May 3, by Roy Brown (R-Germantown), chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, and Art Baer (R-Hillsdale), the board’s budget officer. The results were for the three-month period ending March 31 of this year. Read more…

Taconic Hills adopts $32M budget proposal

CRARYVILLE–The Taconic Hills Board of Education has adopted a proposed budget for the 2010-11 school year that includes a tax levy increase of 4.89%.

The $32,046,466 budget, which still must win the approval of a majority of district voters, comes with a tax levy increase a whole percentage point higher than the figure of 3.89% that schools Superintendent Mark Sposato had deemed “acceptable” in the months leading up to the board’s April 21 vote on the plan. Read more…