The village fire department wants to buy a new ladder truck to replace the 29-year-old model it has now. Fire chief Chris Wade said the old truck lacks the safety features and new technology available on newer models. It does not meet the current codes for new fire trucks, he explained.
Faced with a GoFundMe deadline the next day under which local youth fundraising to build a downtown skateboard park would have to forfeit the $6,500 in donations already pledged, the New Paltz Village Board voted at its February 26 meeting to designate the campaign as an official Village project.
A new zoning ordinance would levy fines against commercial property owners who fail to lease out their storefronts in a timely manner. “Vacant storefronts are a blight on the community,” said Alderman Don Tallerman, a Democrat. “They bring down real estate values, they bring down the well being of the community, they are all around bad.”
The Arm of the Sea Theater would like to extend its existing bulkhead northward as part of its development of the Tidewater Center, an ambitious complex consisting of an indoor theater, outdoor educational facilities, and open-air performance space and fishing sites. Funding for the shoreline work would have to come through a grant to a municipality.
Mayor Steve Noble has backed off a request that the Common Council create a new deputy superintendent’s position within the Department of Public Works, a post to which he had planned to appoint his wife, Julie Noble, on a provisional basis.
At a meeting of the New Paltz Police Commission on February 20 that segued into a Town Board meeting, several significant changes were made to the personnel lineup of the police force. Among them was a historic milestone: Brianne Quigley was promoted from patrol officer to become the New Paltz Police Department’s first-ever female sergeant. She was presented with her new sergeant’s shield at the meeting by police chief Joseph Snyder.
Residents living close to the long-closed town landfill fear for their health and property values after potentially-carcinogenic chemicals were found in their drinking water wells.
After he was hit with a stop-work order last fall for disturbing more than the acre of land that his site plan permitted, Route 212 landowner Kim Kiniry of Kiniry Excavation LLC hired two engineers to draw up a new site plan and a corresponding stormwater protection plan. But this may not be enough for neighbors Mark Kanter and Heather Hutchinson, who argued at a Feb. 18 public hearing before the Saugerties town planning board that Kiniry’s activities on the site, which include land clearing and the excavation of rock and other materials, were disturbing both the environment and the neighborhood.
Woodstock Town Board members continue to express concerns about the design for the Comeau town offices renovation and a desire to make sure it is in character with the existing building.
A second Republican has entered the race to unseat U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-Rhinebeck) in November’s election.