Still stuck in digital slow lane

COPAKE—Even when broadband gets here, it may still not get to you.

A Roe Jan Valley Broadband Forum was presented by the Ancram, Austerlitz, Copake and Hillsdale broadband committees at the Copake Town Hall Saturday morning, February 24. About 60 people showed up to find out if and when broadband is coming to their homes or businesses.

The answer was not simple. Read more…

Taconic Hills makes cooler students a priority

CRARYVILLE–The Taconic Hills School District (THSD) board reviewed a laundry list of 40 proposed capital improvement projects at a special meeting February 21. The data was prepared by SEI Design Group, the architectural firm the district used to conduct its Building Condition Survey (BCS) last year.

Matt Schools, SEI associate principal, attended the meeting to field questions and to clarify answers for the board. Also attending were Nicholas Smith, THSD director of facilities, Superintendent Neil Howard, Jr., and Business Manager Cybil Howard.

Board President Christine Perry suggested that the meeting start by dividing the 40 projects into categories of “need” and “want.” Broadly the projects address repair, replacement, or improvement to buildings, roadways and athletic fields. The data provided also enumerated the costs to replace, repair or upgrade each proposed item. Read more…

K’hook hears details of plan to shape up water main

KINDERHOOK–The Village Board hosted a public information meeting last week to discuss the proposed plans for sidewalk repairs and replacing the water main on William Street. Mayor Jim Dunham said the much needed work could would cost about $830,000.

At the beginning of the February 22 meeting, held at the Palmer Engine & Hose Co. Firehouse, the mayor said, “The funding is the big issue.”

Representatives from HVEA Engineers, who were hired by the village to put together the plans, made a presentation at the meeting about the proposed work. Seventeen people attended, many of whom live on William Street. Read more…

Ancram justice trades gavel for campaign politics

ANCRAM—Bob Wilcox doesn’t like what’s going on in Washington, so he’s going to work to change it.

For the past 10 years, Mr. Wilcox, 70, has served as an Ancram Town Justice, but he resigned that post February 9, so he can become involved in political and controversial issues, something a sitting judge is prohibited from doing.

He’s throwing in his lot with the Gareth Rhodes campaign. Read more…

Dollar store plan moves ahead a step in Germantown

GERMANTOWN—The Planning Board accepted the Findings Statement, the last step in the State Environmental Quality Review process for the Dollar General retail store proposed for the west side of Route 9G just north of County Route 8/Main Street.

The vote took place at the Planning Board’s February 22 meeting. Six of the seven planners attended, and the vote was 6-0 in favor of approval. Rao Gaddipati was absent.

Primax Properties, LLC, based in Charlotte, NC, is the applicant for the project. Primax will build the store and lease it to Dollar General, which is based in Goodlettesville, TN. Read more…