Hillsdale board pursues a less speedy hamlet

HILLSDALE—Roads, local housing and cable television contract renewals dominated the regular June Town Board meeting on Tuesday, June 9.

Town Supervisor Peter Cipkowski informed the board that a change in protocol regarding speed limit change requests requires the request to go to the county engineer before the state Department of Transportation gets involved. For that reason the board voted again on previously passed resolutions asking for speed limit changes on town roads within the perimeter of the hamlet.

The board unanimously approved requests for a reduced speed limit to 25 mph on sections of Old Town, Cold Water and Maple and all of Poole Hill and Anthony Extension. The board also approved a reduced speed limit request to 35 mph on Wolfe Hill and to 30 mph on Mitchell Street. Read more…

Death toll at 37, next testing set

HUDSON—Thirty-seven Columbia County residents that have died from the coronavirus as of June 12 at 3 p.m.

The Columbia County Department of Health (DOH) has received a total of 7123 PCR test results with 414 confirmed positive cases.

There are currently 38 active cases of Covid-19 in Columbia County 339 of the 414 cases have recovered from Covid-19; 10 of the positive cases are hospitalized with no one in the ICU. Read more…

Chatham prepares to reopen, cautiously

CHATHAM—The Town Board discussed the town’s Reopen Chatham committees and the ways they plan to safely open Town Hall and the town courts at their workshop meeting on June 4. Also at that meeting the board voted to leave the beach at Crellin Park closed for now and not hire lifeguards at this time.

The Highway Department Garage will remain closed to the public, according to Supervisor Donal Collins. He also said at the meeting, held on the Google Meets platform, that Town Hall would be closed to the public for the rest of June.

Town Clerk Beth Anne Rippel said that even though the building is closed, the staff is still working and answering questions over the phone and through email. She talked about plans once the building does reopen. “We have everything hammered out,” she said of the reopening plan. Read more…

Major solar farm plan heats up

COPAKE—Pandemic or not the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment continues to move forward on projects like the 60-megawatt solar facility proposed in Craryville.

In his May 14 update on the Hecate Energy project called “Shepherd’s Run Solar,” Copake Deputy Supervisor/Councilman Richard Wolf said the project is proceeding under the Article 10 law, “which allows developers to largely circumvent local zoning laws and approval processes, and to get state approval instead.”

Mr. Wolf, the town’s project liaison, delivered his monthly update at the May Town Board meeting held via video conference. Read more…

The nose knows

The third in a series of Covid-19 testing clinics in Columbia County was conducted Monday, June 1. The county Department of Health set up a pair of testing stations under the awning of the front door at the John L. Edwards School building in Hudson. Candidates for testing could pre-register on line at the Department of Health website, but the team also accepted walk-ins. The tests are nasopharyngeal swabs which according to the DOH website are most effective for detecting the virus in actively sick people. The cost for the testing has been offset by private donations. Luella Harrow of Hudson works in the medical field and says that the test is necessary for her work. She has no signs or symptoms. Conducting the test is Columbia County Deputy EMS Coordinator Greg Fox. Assisting him is R.N. Janice Brodowski. Photo by David Lee