K’hook Board mulls how many visitors make too many

KINDERHOOK–The Village Board discussed the issues of crowds and events at the June 12 meeting. Mayor Jim Dunham read a letter from resident Audrey Peckner, who wrote that many events are now taking place in a village that she says lacks the infrastructure to support them.

On June 1, a Saturday, the events in the village included the weekly farmers market, a craft fair, and an art opening at The School gallery on Broad Street. On June 8, the Kinderhook Runners Club held its annual 5k through the village, along with the farmers market and the library book sale. On Thursday, June 27 there will be a food truck night in the Village Square.

Ms. Peckner said in her letter that during these events driveways are blocked, drivers coming through the village do not stop for pedestrians and visitors walk over people’s lawns. She wrote that many of the events do not bring economic benefits to the village. Read more…

Hillsdale adopts $150 short-term rental fee

HILLSDALE–At its regular June monthly meeting the Hillsdale Town Board unanimously passed a resolution adding a $150 occupancy permit fee to the town’s fee structure. In an email, Hillsdale Supervisor Peter Cipkowski explained “this new $150 fee is a certificate of occupancy, not associated with a building permit. The new fee is designed for those who have a residence that is transitioning to a commercial short-term rental.”

Mr. Cipkowski elaborated, saying, “We are continuing to develop a new local law to address the STR [short-term rental] issue in Hillsdale. Bottom line, the goal is to register short-term rentals in the town and ensure safety by requiring a fee-based periodic inspection.”

Earlier in the meeting Mr. Cipkowski reported on a meeting of the County Board of Supervisors. “Columbia County estimates that as much as $400,000 is being left on the table as a result of short-term rentals that are not charged an occupancy tax.” He estimated that the occupancy tax would be around 4%. Read more…

Public urged to spend donated meds money

COPAKE—Anyone living in Columbia County may be eligible for help paying for prescriptions or health-related and other expenses and free rides to medical appointments—all available through Columbia County Community Healthcare Consortium programs.

Lynda Scheer, consumer assistance program coordinator at the consortium, came before the Copake Town Board at its June 13 meeting to tell people about it.

One of the programs she talked about, specifically for Copake and Ancram residents, is the Foundation for Community Health (FCH) Prescription Assistance Program. Read more…

Toll of opioid addiction in county drops… for now

HUDSON–“I don’t want to jinx this by saying it, but so far there have been no fatal overdoses in Columbia County this year,” Michael Cole, Director of Community Services for Columbia County told the County Community Services Board (CSB) May 29. He cited the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program for his information.

His report prompted a meeting attendee to say, “There certainly hasn’t been a drop in addiction.”

“There’s no proof, but I think Narcan is making a difference,” said Mr. Cole. Read more…

Route 22 repairs set to start June 17

CANAAN–Residents of Canaan and New Lebanon along with other drivers of vehicles passing back and forth on state Route 22 north and south of the intersection with state Route 295 will face delays due to road repairs scheduled to start Monday, June 17.

The first step will be milling, which removes the upper levels of pavement and is expected to take two to three days. That will be followed by repaving, which is supposed to start Thursday, June 20 for and last another two to three days. The state Department of Transportation project is the first repaving of this part of the decaying highway in over 25 years.

Canaan Town Board member Brenda Adams reported the work schedule at the June 10 meeting of the Town Board, noting that the project will pave 3.5 miles north on Route 22 from the intersection of Route 295, and one-half mile south for a total of four miles of new paving. Another five to six miles remains in need of repair. Read more…