Schodack Supervisor’s Report for June 2020
SCHODACK – As the capital region enters Phase 4 of reopening and more of our day to day lives start to return to a sense of normalcy, I want to encourage everyone to remain vigilant and protect yourselves and others from a potential resurgence of COVID-19. We have all worked so hard and made a lot of sacrifices to get to where we are and it would be a shame if we somehow saw that progress stalled or reversed.
I continue to regularly meet with County Executive Steve McLaughlin and my fellow town supervisors from across the county via zoom. This remains an invaluable resource and provides a forum where ideas are shared and updates and guidance on new or changes to Executive Orders are given. Ultimately, we share the common goal of protecting our employees and residents and I want to thank my fellow elected officials for their help and support in doing that.
On June 9th, I joined with representatives from Curtis Lumber and Co.Executive Steve McLaughlin at a groundbreaking ceremony for their new store which is being built next to their current location on 9&20. Curtis Lumber has been in Schodack for almost 50 years now and we couldn’t be happier that they’ve decided to re-invest in our community. We look forward to seeing the new store when built!
On June 11th, I met with County Legislator Bob Loveridge to discuss some issues within town, among them the Van Hoesen railroad bridge and when replacement may start. COVID-19 delayed the start of that project but work should commence shortly. I will follow up with him as well as our other county representatives as the summer progresses.
And finally, I want to congratulate all the members of the Class of 2020. This certainly has been a most uncommon senior year for all of you, but our entire town is proud of your accomplishes and your ability to overcome challenges outside your control. I watched the Maple Hill graduation parade and was moved by the outpouring of support by our community. A well deserved tribute to all of our Seniors!
Schodack Town Board GOP Report
SCHODACK – While there is still a long way to go, we as a region have been quite successful in our efforts to combat and overcome the spread of COVID-19. The capital region recently entered phase 4 of reopening and while certain businesses remain unable to open, continued progress will hopefully see more and more normalcy return in the coming months. Now as much as ever though it is imperative that we do not become complacent and allow ourselves to let COVID-19 make a return. Washing hands, maintaining social distance, wearing a mask when out in public in situations where distance can’t be maintained, and using common sense will help ensure we continue the positive gains we all have worked so tirelessly for.
As we begin this month of July, we are happy to announce that our full work force has returned to the Town Hall and are available to assist you as needed. We will continue to only allow people into the building by appointment and all visitors will be screened and have their temperatures taken. Please call ahead and talk to the department you have business with to facilitate your entry into the building. We will continue with an increased sanitation protocol to protect both you and our employees. Please, if you are feeling sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID we ask you to avoid coming to the Town Hall, you will not be granted entry.
Additionally, the transfer station is back to operating as normal and accepting the full list of waste items as can be found on our website, www.schodack.org. As we’re sure there are many of you that have had some build up of materials over these past few months of restricted access, we ask that you please don’t overwhelm our transfer station with multiple large loads and instead bring them in gradually over time.
Congratulations to all our graduating seniors in the class of 2020, we wish you great success and know you’ll make Schodack proud.
We hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day.
-Jim Bult, Mike Kenney, and Scott Swartz