Local Government

Local Government 10.14.21

Public Notice – Best-Luther Fire District Meeting

SAND LAKE – PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the regular meetings of the Best-Luther Fire District will be held on the First Monday of the month, 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.

Poestenkill Meeting Minutes

POESTENKILL – Poestenkill Town Board – Meeting Minutes – Thursday, September 16, 2021

Public comment – Two Deer Creek residents stated their opposition to the White Church PDD proposal which included the cluster septic field concept, road access to Route 351, and storm water management, among others.

White Church PDD – The question of the water supply was discussed, and Mr. Kronau stated that they would be connecting to the Town’s Municipal Water System. Other questions were asked about the ability to connect into the Municipal Water System for Deer Creek.

PFOA – Robert Brunet, Public Health Coordinator, presented an update on the current situation and answered questions.

A resolution honoring and thanking Margie Morris for her selfless service to the Poestenkill community was made by Councilman Wohlleber, seconded by Councilman Van Slyke and passed unanimously.

A resolution marking the anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America was made by Councilwoman Butler, seconded by Councilman Wohlleber and passed unanimously.

Councilman Wohlleber proposed that the town offer $150 to support residents who want to test their wells near the middle school, due to PFOA contamination, this would lower the cost for residents from $350 to $200. Motion made by Councilman Wohlleber and seconded by Councilman Van Slyke, the vote was 2-2 with Councilwoman Butler and Councilman Hass voting no, the motion did not pass. Supervisor Hammond was absent.

White Church PDD Public Hearing Approval – Motion made to approve the Public Hearing on the Proposed PDD was made by Councilwoman Butler, seconded by Councilman Hass, the vote was 2-2 with Councilman Van Slyke and Councilman Wohlleber voting no, the motion did not pass. Supervisor Hammond was absent.

These minutes to be approved at the next Town Board Meeting on Thursday, August 21 at 7pm.

Submitted by Councilman Eric Wohlleber

Town of Schodack Fall Clean-Up Days

SCHODACK – Schodack residents please note the Town of Schodack is sponsoring Fall Clean-up Days on October 14th, 15th and 16th at the Transfer Station on Poyneer Rd. During this event many items that normally have a charge are free and others are reduced up to 50%. This is a great time to clean out your garage before winter comes! The following price list is only for the dates noted above: Refrigerators, Freezers, Air conditioners & Dehumidifier -$8.00; Tires, rimless (maximum size 16”) – $2.00*larger and rimmed tires priced by size; TVs, computer monitors (limit 2), Propane Tanks, Furniture (limit 3), Metal goods, Gas grills, Bicycles – FREE. All other prices remain the same.

Town of Schodack 2021 School Tax Collection

SCHODACK – All school tax payments are due by October 29, 2021. Schodack School tax payments must have the penalty included with payment. All East Greenbush school tax payments paid after October 15, 2021 must also have penalty included in payment. Payments received without the penalty added will be returned as unpaid. No payments can be accepted thru this office after the October 29th due date. All unpaid bills will be handed over to Rensselaer County to be re-levied on the 2022 Property Tax Bills.

Please mail all payments to PO Box 436 East Schodack, NY 12063 or place in the secure green drop box located to the right of Town Hall entrance door. A stamped receipt will be returned if the entire bill is included with payment. Please add your phone number on your check so we can contact you with any issues with your payment. Current and past bills can be viewed, printed or paid on the town website, schodack.org. You can reach the office at 518-477-7935 with any concerns. Office hours during October will be Monday and Friday from 9:30 to 4:00, Saturday’s 10/16 and 10/23 from 9:00 to 12:00.

Town of Poestenkill

POESTENKILL – Planning Board Meeting- 1st Tuesday of the Month; Zoning Board Meeting- 2nd Tuesday of the Month; Town Board Meeting- 1st Thursday of the Month for Workshop (if needed) and 3rd Thursday of the Month for Meeting

Fall Brush and Leaf Bag Clean Up- Please have brush and leaf bags out by October 17th as the Highway Dept will be around the week of October 18th (weather dependent).

ACCEPTABLE ITEMS: • Yard Waste (leaves, grass clippings, etc.) placed in biodegradable PAPER bags • Brush and branches (cut to 8ft. lengths maximum, stacked neatly, no more than 3ft tall) • Stack piles with the cut or thicker ends facing the road • Maximum diameter for brush or limbs is 6 inches. If we cannot chip it, we cannot take it

UNNACCEPTABLE ITEMS: • Garbage or Trash • Cleaning of Vacant Lots • Stumps, Sod, Rocks, or Dirt • Metal Items • Plastic Bags or Flowerpots • Tires or Batteries • NO BRUSH OR TREES FROM PRIVATE CONTRACTORS

Halloween Parade- Saturday October 30th (Rain Date October 31st). Line Up begins at 9:30, Parade at 10am Town Office to VFW.

Town of East Greenbush Fall Cleanup

EAST GREENBUSH – Fall Cleanup will begin Monday, October 25th, 2021, and resume for the next 4 Mondays. The leaves must be in biodegradable bags and brush must be tied up into 4 foot bundles, placed out alongside of the roadway, but not in the road. 

The dates are as follows: October 25th, 2021; November 1st, 2021; November 8th, 2021; November 15th, 2021.

Please be advised that these are the “ONLY” dates the Department of Public Works will be performing Fall Cleanup. If you miss these dates, you may bring these items to the Transfer Station, located at 246 Ridge Road, Town of East Greenbush. Residents must provide proof of residency, or a Transfer Station permit, and are allowed to bring these items all year long at no cost. 

Please do not place bags of leaves or bundles of brush on the pavement, in front of culverts, or on top of catch basins. Place all items on the edge of the road.

Daniel Fiacco, Commissioner of Public Works

Town of East Greenbush

PFOA/PFOS Testing of Private Wells in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK – Brunswick Residents, I have been concerned about the safety of my home’s well water since Hoosick Falls, all the more so because I have 2 young children. I’m sure many of you have heard about the new positive PFOA results in private & school wells in Poestenkill. I want to know with certainty that our town’s water is safe. In our county and surrounding counties, PFOA tests are coming up positive 20-30% of the time!! That is alarmingly high.

The Town of Brunswick currently has no plans to test well water in town, so I have spoken with the owner of the certified water testing lab that has handled all of the local PFOA testing, from Hoosick Falls to Poestenkill, and have made arrangements for discounted testing for Brunswick residents. If we batch our tests as residents, we will get the same deal as Poestenkill residents, bringing the cost of testing down from $500/well to $350/well.

If you are interested in testing your water, please reach out to me ASAP and we will get this going. Email JenniferMannBrunswickNY@nullgmail.com. If we do have positive detections in Brunswick, then we will be well positioned to find county, state and federal grant money for broader testing, repeat testing, & remediation.

Jennifer Mann, Brunswick

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