As is often the case with local initiatives, this process was limited by the fact that most people in town just didn’t get involved.
There are only two candidates running for two available seats in what might be the last independent election in the village’s history.
Garvan McCloskey, owner of Garvan’s Gastropub on Huguenot Street, is looking to make some changes to settle in for the outdoor dining that could be becoming the norm. McCloskey would like to erect a 12-by-10-foot shed outside that will be used for storing of furniture and other items so that servers don’t always need to walk all the way back inside to get everything ready for the next diners. The application also includes a request to extend the right to have outdoor dining that came as an emergency pandemic authorization, and also a proposal to build a 256-square-foot deck for Maggie Mae’s, the eatery that has replaced Upstairs on 9 at the site.
New Paltz Planning Board members were not happy to learn about an authorized gravel road built through wetlands that were also subjected to lead from ammunition.
This latest idea to tap into the expertise of HPC members to help developers keep their projects from becoming contentious might res-onate with village residents who are tired of new construction that doesn’t seem to fit in with the character of the community, but there are concerns that this would add layers of bureaucracy that would make building all the more difficult.
Topics include: Overdose prevention resources; Budget hearing closed; Firehouse delayed, but progressing; Ban on large fires in effect; and No action will be taken on a plan to make a portion of Huguenot Street one way.
The pandemic-delayed work to finish the amphitheater and Lenape Elementary School will soon be resumed, with changes. Instead of adding a couple more rows of stone for seating, teachers and kids are reporting that they don’t mind sitting on the grass if they could just get some shade.
Whatever Governor Cuomo intended with the executive order last year that called for a review of local police departments, it’s clear that the idea of reconsidering how to ensure safety and provide emergency services has fired imaginations in New Paltz.
As recently as 2019, opiate overdoses appeared to be leveling off at about 300 per year, with the number resulting in death in decline. 2020 brought a sharp upswing: nearly 500 overdoses, among them 66 fatalities, which was double the deaths from the year before.
Results of a broad survey of New Paltz parents and guardians reflect what has been said in public comment sessions: many people think it’s time to get their kids back in school buildings for most or all of the week.