Overdose prevention resources
Members of the New Paltz community’s Opioid Overdose Prevention and Response Team have put together a video with resources for people who are in crisis, or know someone who might be. The video is a guided tour through the various services that the team has compiled at opioidpreventionnp.org.
Budget hearing closed
Village of New Paltz trustees heard no feedback on the proposed 2021-22 budget and closed the public hearing. The spending plan of more than $9 million calls for $1,515,659 of that to be raised through taxes, which will not hike the tax burden on property owners this year if passed. They opted to hold off on voting to approve the tentative budget until their April 14 meeting.
Firehouse delayed, but progressing
Wet weather and a wet spot have put construction of the new firehouse in New Paltz about three weeks behind schedule, trustee William Wheeler Murray reported during last week’s Village Board meeting. Work on the foundation has begun, and concrete could be poured this week if there are no additional surprises.
Ban on large fires in effect
Most outdoor fires are banned through May 14, although Village of New Paltz trustee William Wheeler Murray advises that small fires for grilling or conducting a private flag retirement ceremony are permissible.
No action will be taken on a plan to make a portion of Huguenot Street one way
After proposing a plan to make a portion of Huguenot Street one way, Village of new Paltz trustees held a public hearing over the course of several meetings, and have now concluded that there isn’t support for this particular proposal to make the stretch from Broadhead to Mulberry one way northbound. While those commenting generally supported the notions of promoting pedestrian lifestyles and protecting historic homes, the feedback was mixed about how this might impact traffic. With Zero Place nearing completion and another project proposed at the North Chestnut-Mulberry intersection, trustees would rather wait and see.
That’s the point of hearings, Mayor Tim Rogers observed: “When we have public hearings, we’re looking for community feedback on proposals. It’s not a rubber stamp.” One neighbor who participated in this hearing appeared outraged that the idea had been advanced to the point of holding a hearing without first soliciting more feedback from neighbors, but the mayor is of the opinion that public hearings are intended to ensure that feedback is sought.