Artist floats big idea in Chatham

CHATHAM—Local artist Melissa Sarris has asked Village Board members for permission to float “environmental sculptures” on Old Pond. She discussed her proposal with trustees at the Water and Sewer meeting Thursday, June 25.

   The board also discussed the possible purchase of a sludge processing machine for the village, which would process sewage. Trustee George Grant and village employees visited the community of Bainbridge in Chenango County, to see the sludge machine at work. Mr. Grant said that it was a fairly new technology, but that it would be “smaller, more efficient then a sludge processor.” The new machine would cost between $150,000 and $160,000. No decision of whether or not to purchase the equipment was made at the meeting.

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County Clerk warns of deed scam

HUDSON—Any Columbia County resident who wants a copy of their deed can get it from the County Clerk’s Office, usually for less that $10, and should steer clear of a recent letter offer.
Several county residents contacted the County Clerk’s Office after receiving an unsolicited letter in the mail from New York Record Retrieval, Inc., offering to sell a certified copy of their deeds for the “low” price of $59.50 each, according to a press release from County Clerk Holly Tanner.
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Ancram still out in the cold on new highway garage

ANCRAM–The first day of summer rolled around earlier this week, which means winter is only six months away.

The temperature was in the 20s on a sunny Saturday morning in January 2008 when Town Supervisor Thomas Dias called an emergency meeting of the Town Board at the town highway garage to show the public the poor conditions the Highway Department had been working under for years. His stated goal at that time was not to allow the highway crew to go through another winter with no heated place to work on plow trucks when they broke down.

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Chamber slams St. Charles plan

HUDSON–After meeting with Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Art Baer (R-Hillsdale) Monday morning, June 22, the Chamber of Commerce adopted motions opposing the county’s plan to lease the St. Charles Hotel for emergency housing of homeless people and calling on supervisors to withdraw the plan.

It was the first in a series of reactions, both private and official, to the county’s plan announced last week to pursue a seven-year lease for all 34 rooms at the hotel and to turn the bottom floor of the building into a satellite office for the county Department of Social Services.

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Public can weigh in on new New Leb zoning

NEW LEBANON–The face of New Lebanon would not change much under the zoning re-write proposal to be aired at a public hearing Monday, June 29. What would change is the emphasis of zoning, according to re-write committee member John Dax.

In a letter to the Town Board dated May 29, he said the “most significant changes are directed at preservation of open space, farmland, scenic views and small town character and protection of fragile natural resources such as water bodies and steep hillsides, all as required by the Comprehensive Plan.”

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