Mayor says new trees don’t bow to heat

CHATHAM – Water was the topic of discussion at the Village Board meeting last week, with the board once again is warning people to unhook their sump pumps from sanitary sewer or risk paying a fine.

The Thursday, July 8, meeting was held during the recent heat wave and before the rain that fell for a while Saturday morning. Trustee Leal Locke, who was unable to attend the meeting, sent a letter about the newly planted trees on Main Street, which village Clerk Carol Simmons read aloud. Ms. Locke said the trees desperately needed water and looked like they were going to die. Read more…

Greenport board says: Keep it down!

GREENPORT–No more wee-hours wake-up visits from your friendly refuse hauler, if the Town Board has its way.

At their monthly meeting July 7, councilmen asked the town’s attorney to draft an ordinance limiting the times for refuse pickup to between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. weekends and holidays, with fines to be determined. Read more…

Board member: Cupboard’s bare

TAGHKANIC–Town Board member Joyce Thompson forged ahead last week with her critique of town finances, concluding that the municipality has not depreciated its dilapidated vehicles, has two different versions of the general fund and has failed to properly audit its spending.

This follows the statements last month of a bookkeeper whose firm works for the town, who suggested that the town needs to tighten controls over spending and that the town’s reserves are so low that they’re “scary.” Read more…

They are doing what?

Copake parks attract variety of naughty behaviors

COPAKE–Summertime… and the livin’ ain’t so easy near two well-attended parks in town.

The town’s Copake Memorial Park and the Taconic State Park in Copake Falls are popular places. But all that popularity, for different reasons, has caused problems for residents, who went to the July 8 Town Board meeting to look for solutions.

Diana and Bill Jamieson live next door to the town park on Mountain View Road. Their proximity allows them to see and hear much that goes on there–even those things that are usually reserved for more private settings. Read more…

Poorer may be better for Valatie

VALATIE –The village has finalized a deal with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the American Legion Hall to have a Sheriff’s Office sub-station on Main Street. The board adopted a motion at this week’s meeting to pay the American Legion $250 a month in rent for deputies to use part of hall has a station.

The board also had a long discussion about sewer issues at the Tuesday, July 13 meeting. Frederick Grober of Delaware Engineering attended the meeting to discuss the new disinfection system the state is requiring the village to install. Read more…