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Marlborough honors community volunteers

April 22nd, 2015 No comments

Every spring at the Community Service Salute Dinner, Marlborough residents gather to honor those who have given selflessly of their time and energy to help others or have worked to make the town a better place to live for everyone. Read more…

Private airstrip causes zoning issue in Plattekill

April 22nd, 2015 No comments

During a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 15, the Hudson Valley Hornets approached the Plattekill Town Board with issues related to local zoning laws. Prior to the 2005 code changes, the Hudson Valley Hornets’ activities on their property at the Old Orchard Airpark were well within the limitations of local zoning laws. Now, the club claims they cannot exist under the current codes. Read more…

New schools chief

April 15th, 2015 1 comment

Last week, after considering 20 candidates in a five-month search, the Marlboro school board hired Michael Brooks as their new superintendent of schools, effective July 1, 2015. Read more…

Highland Business Association is on the march

April 15th, 2015 No comments

The Highland Business Association [HBA] is back and hard at work building bridges to bring the business community together in the Town of Lloyd. Read more…

Local school aid continues to drop

April 7th, 2015 Comments off

Since the 2010-11 school year, the Highland School District has not received a cumulative total of $8.3 million in state aid. The Marlboro School district has fared no better. Read more…

Lloyd approves digital sign moratorium

April 7th, 2015 Comments off

The Lloyd Town Board recently approved a six-month moratorium on the installation of digital and/or LED signs. The board took this step “while the town considers and adopts changes to its land use regulations to address new circumstances not addressed by the town’s current planning and zoning laws and to bring them into harmony with the town’s Comprehensive Plan, which was recently updated.” The law allows the town to extend the moratorium for two additional periods of two months by resolution if the Town Board finds an extension is needed. Read more…

Lloyd calls for continued river cleanup

April 1st, 2015 Comments off

The Town of Lloyd is the sixth town in Ulster County to approve a resolution that urges a more thorough cleanup and removal of the chemical PCB from the Hudson River by the General Electric Corporation [GE], especially “hot spots” in and around the upper Hudson River and including the Champlain Canal before GE’s dredging and dewatering facilities are dismantled later in 2015. In addition, the resolution seeks a “thorough analysis and robust cleanup” of the river including floodplains “in order to restore the river to its full health and value as a natural and economic resource.” Read more…

Marlborough fails to monitor landfill groundwater

April 1st, 2015 Comments off

Every year the Town of Marlborough is required to test and monitor groundwater and a number of wells at the closed landfill on Bailey’s Gap Road to ensure that contaminants are not leaching off the site. The last time the tests were done, however, was in March 2009 in an apparent violation of an agreement the town has with the Department of Environmental Conservation [DEC]. Read more…

Lloyd honors park volunteer

March 25th, 2015 Comments off

The Lloyd Town Board took a moment at their meeting last week to honor Donna Deeprose, Vice President of Development of the Highland Landing Park, for her grant writing and administrative work on behalf of the riverfront park. Park Manager Matthew Smith said because of Deeprose’s diligence the park received a grant for $911,940 in 2008. This money–along with an equal amount from donations of time, money, equipment and materials–paid for the bulkhead, the tourism dock and the boat launch ramp. Read more…

Highland will get a new library

March 25th, 2015 Comments off

Last week, by a vote of 687 to 410, Highland residents approved a new 10,250-square-foot library on Elting Place at a projected cost of $4,855,433. The present 2,900-square-foot library has been at 30 Church St. since 1930. Read more…

Liberty View draws interest

March 18th, 2015 Comments off

Supporters and opponents of the wedding activities that have been taking place at Liberty View Farm [LVF] in Clintondale for the past several years again filled the Plattekill Town Hall to voice their opinions on whether the town should allow that type of activity to take place on the property, which is presently zoned Residential 1 acre and Agriculture 1.5 acre. The parcel is owned by Diana Merenda and Azlan Ahmad, who have an arrangement with Billiam van Roestenberg to run wedding and agricultural activities on the farm. Read more…

Marlboro restores Dec. 1 deadline for kindergarten

March 18th, 2015 Comments off

This month the Marlboro Central School District began registering students for kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year, restoring the deadline that a child must be 5 years of age by Dec. 1, 2015. Read more…

Protecting the 9W corridor

March 10th, 2015 Comments off

The Ulster County Planning Board [UCPB] criticized Marlborough for proposing to amend the eligibility requirements for the Business Corridor Overlay District for the Route 9W corridor, which they had adopted in 2014. Read more…

Lloyd ponders infrastructure improvements

March 10th, 2015 Comments off

The Town of Lloyd is considering making significant capital improvements to their water and sewer districts upon the recommendation of their engineering consultant Ray Jurkowski, of Morris Associates. At last week’s Town Board meeting, Jurkowski presented a list of improvements that were discussed in a preliminary fashion when the board was developing their 2015 town budget. He said the timing was now right to revisit the issue since the town will be paying off some significant capital debt in 2015. Read more…

Coast Guard icebreaker clears Hudson River

March 4th, 2015 Comments off

As everyone knows, this has been an extremely cold and snowy winter all across the region, with people anxiously awaiting the warmth of spring. The brutally cold temperatures in February have dipped to as low as minus- 20 degrees wind chill in certain areas, resulting in the Hudson River freezing over. Read more…