Local Government

Local Government 03.10.22

Poestenkill Town Board Meeting Minutes

Public comment – Greg Pattenaude, town resident and member of CCCDW stated he felt that the Town should work with the Rensselaer County and that homes surrounding DSI should be tested and that the residents should be notified about the PFOA/PFOS contamination

Resolution #3-2022 – Resolution removing the restriction on the succession of office for members and chairs of the Poestenkill Planning Board and Poestenkill Zoning Board of Appeals. This resolution will remove previous restrictions on members and chairs of these boards. Motion made by Councilman Hass and seconded by Councilman Wohlleber, passed 3-2 with Supervisor Hammond and Councilman Van Slyke voting no.

Supervisor Hammond reported that the town’s new accountant suggested the town open two accounts for operating funds one for Covid Rescue funds and one for the Water District. Motion by Councilman Hass, seconded by Councilwoman Butler and passed unanimously.

The Town Board hired Melissa Elacqua to complete the 2021 audit. 

Robert Brunet, Water Manager, proposed to increase the water rate charge from $5.00 per thousand gallons to $5.25, citing the Troy increase of $.20 per thousand gallons and the Brunswick increase of $.05. Motion by Supervisor Hammond, seconded by Councilman Van Slyke and passed unanimously. 

These minutes to be approved at the next Town Board Meeting on Thursday, March 10 at 7pm. Please note that Town Board Meetings are now held on the second Thursday of each month. 

Submitted by Councilman Eric Wohlleber

Schodack Supervisor’s report for February 2022

Despite his meteorology credentials, we hope Punxsutawney Phil got his prediction wrong this year and we can hopefully look forward to an early spring. If not, and old man winter isn’t quite done with us just yet, I’m thankful knowing our town roads will be in good hands with the Town Highway crew. While we haven’t seen significant snowfall this year, we have had some exceedingly difficult ice and sleet situations that our crews have worked relentlessly to battle. As always, my thanks and appreciation for their efforts. They do an amazing job.

I had the pleasure of attending several of our local Fire Companies Installation banquets and administering the Oaths of Office for their officers. My family has (on more than one occasion) been the beneficiary of the selfless dedication these folks show their community. On our worst days, these people put their lives on pause to help and I am eternally grateful for all they have done for me and my family. Thank you again for inviting me, it was an honor to be part of your ceremonies.

I had the opportunity to attend a Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce “State of The County” luncheon where County Executive Steve McLaughlin spoke to the current status and laid out a vision for the future of the County. I was thankful to hear infrastructure investment in Schodack is a top priority for the County Executive and look forward to working with him and his team to make this a reality.

After a series of interviews, I’m pleased to announce we have hired Tom King as our new building inspector. Tom is a town resident and brings his years of experience as a contractor to our building department. Welcome aboard Tom and were happy to have you.

And finally, I want to extend a Happy Birthday to Margie Johnson who celebrated her 100th birthday this past month.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas on how we can improve your interaction with your local government and look forward to following up with you again next month.

Charles Peter

Updates from the Sand Lake Town Clerk

The Military Banner Program is up and running.  Please get Applications, checks and photos to me as soon as possible.  I’ve seen some of the completed Banners and they are great.

Rensselaer County is planning to hold another series of Rabies Clinics starting in April.  The dates have not been finalized yet.  I will have a link up on the Town’s website as soon as I have the information. 

The Town’s cable TV channel 1303 has finally been updated, due to the expertise of Kyle Kozlowski, the Town’s TV cable technician who streams all Town meetings.  It is a work in progress and we hope to make more improvements.  If any Community Organizations want to advertise an upcoming Community event please email Kyle at:  cabletvtech@nullsand-lake.us.

The Poestenkill-Sand Lake Summer Camp will be held again this summer in Poestenkill.  Information is on the Town of Sand Lake’s website with a link to register.  Any questions, please call my office 518-674-2026 Ext. 122 or the Camp Director Tiffany Buker @ 518-283-5100 Ext. 107.  You can also email Tiffany at: tbuker@nullpoestenkill.com or me at: bhansen@nullsand-lake.us

Congressman Antonio Delgado’s representatives will be holding a Town Hall meeting at the Sand Lake Town Hall Monday March 14th from 10:00 – noon.  No appointment necessary, just walk in.

Poestenkill ARPA Federal Funds Public Meetings

Poestenkill has received $230,000 in federal American Rescue Plan Act fiscal recovery funds, some of which has been used for the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and the highway department.  An additional $230,000 is anticipated later this year.

 This is a lot of money for a small town.  It needs to be used town-wide, fairly, sensibly, and responsibly. Although deciding how to allocate the funds is ultimately the Town Board’s responsibility, the community’s thoughts and views are really important.

 Decisions on how best to use those funds will be made after hearing from Town residents through a series of public meetings to solicit suggestions. The goal is to make sure that this money is used in a way that has a lasting impact.

 Poestenkill Supervisor Keith Hammond has formed a team of three residents to hold listening sessions to understand and keep track of everyone’s suggestions. The listening sessions are just that, to learn what is on the minds of the Poestenkill community.

 At the completion of the sessions a detailed summary of the residents’ suggestions will be presented to the Town Board for their consideration; it will also be posted on the Town’s website.

 The information gathering sessions are scheduled at:

* First Baptist Church, 12 Legenbauer Rd, East Poestenkill, Saturday, March 26th, 10 AM

* Evangelical Lutheran Church, 772 Round Top Road, Poestenkill, Tuesday, March 29th, 7 PM

 New York State COVID safety requirements for public meetings will be strictly followed.

Best Luther Fire District Public Notice

WEST SAND LAKE –  PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the regular meetings of the Best-Luther Fire District will be held on the First Thursday of the month for the 2022 year, held at 7:00 p.m. at the Best-Luther Firehouse, located at 303 Old Best Road, W. Sand Lake, NY 12196. 

The location and time of the meeting may be changed by further resolution of the Board of Fire Commissioners upon proper notification to the local media of such change.Best-Luther Fire District, 303 Old Best Road, West Sand Lake NY, 12196. Phone/Fax: 518-283-5641. blfdfiredistrict@nullgmail.com

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