Local Government

Local Government 05.12.22

Defreestville Fire Department May Update

May is for mothers and so we say to all of you, Happy Mother’s Day! This article will appear after the holiday but we wanted to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to those special women in our lives for all they’ve done for us. 

May also brings us the official start of summer in Memorial Day. This holiday evolved into a celebration more associated with beaches, vacations, and grilling hamburger. Please don’t forget to take a moment and appreciate the ultimate sacrifice those in our armed forces have made in defense of our country and national ideals. The memory of their lives given, and the burden their families carry, should always remain a part of Memorial Day. 

The Defreestville Fire Department will participate in two parades this year; the North Greenbush Memorial Day Parade, as well as, the City of Rensselaer parade. As usual, the town parade will take place on the last Monday of the month – May 30th – and kick off at 1:30 PM.

While April showers should bring May flowers, last month brought the DFD a busy time in terms of calls for assistance. The DFD responded to a total of 34 calls for assistance, 21 of which were within the Defreestville zone. Of those total calls, we had one structure fire in town and one response for mutual aid to the City of Rensselaer. Last month, the DFD also hosted our Annual Member Recognition and Officers Installation Banquet. It was a complete success and everyone had a good time. Thank you to the members who planned this event and to all the vendors that contributed to a great evening. 

Have you ever thought of volunteering for the fire service? Do you have an interest in public safety? Want to learn more about joining a great group of volunteers? We invite anyone curious about learning more to visit at our station any Tuesday at 7 PM and speak with us about becoming a member. You can also message us though our Facebook page located at https://www.facebook.com/defreestvillefire where we’ll be sure to respond quickly.

Poestenkill Town Board Minutes

Poestenkill Town Board – Meeting Minutes – Thursday, April 14, 2022

Public comment – A resident discussed the recent meetings with residents to review the status and suggestions of the Covid relief funding, questioning why only some residents received a mailed invitation. Supervisor Hammond acknowledged the problem with the mailing and stated he would make sure that the situation was corrected. 

Highway Superintendent DJ Goyer discussed a recent, potentially dangerous situation involving a Twin Bridges truck and members of the Highway Department. He also mentioned the weight of the Twin Bridges trucks and the negative impact on town roads. He requested a communication from the Town to the company to address these concerns. 

Mr. & Mrs. Russo, residents at 10 Stanton Avenue, reviewed with the Town Board and the Town Attorney, the “paper street” plats and their location. Supervisor Hammond stated that Attorney Gilchrist would assess the situation and it would be further reviewed at the next Town Board meeting.

Resolution authorizing the purchase of equipment for the Town of Poestenkill Highway Department. The board unanimously approved the purchase pf a Trailer Mounted

High Pressure Sewer Cleaner not to exceed $78.190. 

These minutes to be approved at the next Town Board Meeting on Thursday, April 14 at 7pm. Please note that Town Board Meetings are now held on the second Thursday of each month. 

Submitted by Councilman Eric Wohlleber

From The Desk of Janice Hannigan Kerwin, North Greenbush Town Clerk

I am pleased to announce that the Town of North Greenbush will be having our Memorial Day Parade this year. 

The parade will be Monday, May 30, 2022 @ 1:30 P.M. After 2 long years of the COVID Pandemic the town is excited to invite all to participate in the parade. If you or your group are interested in participating in this year’s parade you may email the Deputy Supervisor, Kelly Hoffman or Councilwoman Merola, who are coordinating the 2022 parade participants and line up. Feel free to email them at supervisorsoffice@nullnorthgreenbush.org with any interest you may have.

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