On The Agenda
By Patty Gandin
From Issue 40: Fall 2018
This quarter, The Gazette received updates from the following Boards and Committees:
Town Board (from Supervisor Marybeth Majestic)
Laws: The Ethics Law was unanimously adopted in August. It has been filed with NYS and is currently being circulated to employees, elected officials and board, committee and commission members for them to read and sign off on, agreeing to abide by the regulations in the Ethics Code. The proposed Planning Board Law has a public hearing scheduled in September, and the Noise Law is currently a work in progress.
Majestic Park: Using the System for Award Management (SAM) grant money, the ultra-violet water system was installed and partitions have been installed in the ladies room. Further work needs to be done in the men’s room to accommodate the partitions.
Tillson Lake: A meeting at Town Hall in August was attended by Jim Hall, Executive Director of the Palisades Interstate Parks Commission; a representative from Congressman Faso’s office; Senator John Bonacic; two representatives from Assemblyman Cahill’s office; Dennis Doyle, Director of Ulster County Planning, representing County Executive Mike Hein; Ulster County Legislator Tracey Bartels; representatives from Friends of Tillson Lake; Deputy Supervisor Laura Walls; myself, and my assistant Lucia Civile. It was a “let’s roll up our sleeves and work together to find funding to fix the dam” meeting, which those who attended found to be beneficial.
Regional Partnership: The updated brochures for the newly revived mountain scenic byway have been published and are currently being distributed to three thruway rest stops and numerous businesses in town. The website is also being revived. We are excited to be working with this group to promote the 88-mile byway.
Bridge Grant Application: Awards were scheduled to be announced by early fall, but we are still waiting to hear back on the round two grant application. The good news is that Senator John Bonacic has secured an additional $250,000 grant to be used for the replacement of the Clove Road Bridge.
Sewer District: Mapping is currently being finalized by Morris Associates, but we are not in receipt of the final product yet.
Dog Control: Nancy Dorn is our new dog control officer, and we are looking for another deputy in this department.
Zoning Board: (from David Gandin, Chair)
The Zoning Board of Appeals agenda for the September meeting includes continuation of a public hearing on an application for a lot size and setback variance to construct an accessory apartment at a residential property, and an application for a setback variance to construct a “lazy river” swimming pool at Jellystone campground. (Any results will be reported in the winter issue of the Gazette).
Cypress Creek Renewables has withdrawn their application for variances in connection with development of a solar farm on Burnt Meadow Road as they have decided not to move forward with the project.
Parks and Recreation (from Committee member Michelle Tomasicchio)
We will be working on a fundraising calendar for the rest of 2018 and 2019.