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…

Efforts by village to fast track zoning proceed slowly

CHATHAM – Members of the Village Board reviewed proposed changes to the village zoning law at a special meeting last month.

Mayor Tom Curran and board members Lenore Packet, Gunnar Wordon and Mike Wollowitz reviewed the changes that Village Attorney Ken Dow made to several parts of a draft for the updated zoning law, including the definitions for the law for home occupations, the requirements for the site plan review and special use permits.

After about two hours of reviewing the changes, Mr. Wollowitz suggested that the changes be shared through a Google doc (online), with board members making comments there for Mr. Dow to review. Mr. Wollowitz pointed out that the board supported most of the changes Mr. Dow had made to the original draft created by the village Zoning Revision Committee. Read more…

Advocates for homeless back motel plan

HUDSON–The Galvan Foundation’s offer of rooms in the Galvan Civic Motel (GCM) on the border of Greenport and Livingston has drawn comment from social service providers and educators.

The foundation, which makes local grants and was founded by real estate developer T. Eric Galloway and Henry van Ameringen, wants the county to use the motel as emergency housing for people who need a roof over their head. The county would pay the cost for the room and the Galvan Foundation—which is currently refurbishing the motel–would use part of the revenue for on-site social services, including coaching people to help them find permanent housing. The motel would have enough rooms to house about a quarter of the people listed with the Columbia County Department of Social Services (DSS) as “homeless.”

Major priorities for the Galvan Civic Motel include child-friendly features and a public perception that it is a welcoming place for children. The DSS envisions housing families with children there. The motel is currently undergoing a major reconstruction by the foundation. Read more…