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Poestenkill Town Board Meeting Minutes

POESTENKILL – Poestenkill Town Board – Meeting Minutes – Thursday, October 15, 2020

Goewey Farm Property – Troy Sand & Gravel Co. – A representative discussed a piece of property off Stop 13 Road in the Town of Poestenkill to potentially be a site to remove sand and gravel and bring to the existing facility which is in the Town of Sand Lake. In order to do this the Town of Poestenkill would need to entertain a potential zoning change from residential to natural products. There were many questions from board members and while an official vote was not taken each board member expressed their views on the potential application. Councilmembers Butler and Van Slyke were in favor of allowing the application process to begin while Supervisor Hammond and Councilmen Hass and Wohlleber were opposed.

Motion made by Councilman Hass and seconded by Councilwoman Butler to appoint Steve Valenti to the Planning Board to fill a vacancy, approved unanimously.

Supervisor Hammond informed the Board that he had received the resignation of Toby Chadwick, Highway Superintendent effective December 31, 2020.

The town encourages residents to pay water and town taxes via mail to cut down on the number of people coming into Town Hall. Residents can pay their bills at Town Hall, they will be let into the building and asked to sign in and provide cell phone number.

Additionally, Supervisor Hammond requests that all residents respect the town noise ordinance as there have been several recent complaints.

These minutes to be approved at the next regularly scheduled town board meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 19th, at 7pm at Town Hall.

Public hearing held on October 27th for the adoption of the 2021 Town Budget.

Supervisor Hammond thanked town employees for their tireless dedication and sacrifice in this challenging year. The 2021 budget maintains all town services with a 0% tax increase. Motion to accept the budget was made by Councilman Wohlleber, seconded by Councilman Van Slyke and passed

Sand Lake Democratic Committee Seeking Candidates for 2021 Town and County Offices

SAND LAKE – The Sand Lake Democratic Committee is currently accepting resumes from persons interested in running for the following Town offices in 2021: Town Supervisor (2-year term), Town Council Member (two seats to be filled, each with a 4-year term), Town Clerk (2-year term), and Town Justice (two Justices will be elected, each with a 4-year term).

Persons interested in running, including incumbents, are invited to submit by Wednesday, February 3, 2021 a resume and a letter of qualifications via mail to: Garrett DeGraff, Chair, Sand Lake Democratic Committee, P.O. Box 89, Averill Park, New York. 12018, or via email to sandlakedems@nullgmail.com.

The Sand Lake Democratic Committee encourages qualified Town residents who are interested in running for a Rensselaer County office in 2021 to submit a resume and letter of qualifications by February 3, 2021 to Michael J. Monescalchi, Chair, Rensselaer County Democratic Committee, P.O. Box 846, Troy, New York 12181.

The County positions Town residents may run for are County Executive, County Clerk and the three seats on the Rensselaer County Legislature representing District 4 (Towns of Sand Lake, Schodack and Nassau).

Town of East Greenbush Appliance
Amnesty Week

EAST GREENBUSH – The Town of East Greenbush DPW will be picking up Appliances the week of December 7th, 2020.  Please call the office at 518-477-6103 to schedule an appointment for your appliances to be picked up.  In the event of a snow storm, all appointments will be rescheduled.

The following items will be eligible for pick up: Refrigerators , Freezers, Washer/Dryers, Stoves/ovens, Hot water heaters, Dehumidifiers, Microwaves/Air conditioners

Sincerely, Daniel Fiacco

Commissioner of Public Works

Town of East Greenbush

Tracey Rex Reports to the People
of Schodack

SCHODACK – I believe staying in touch with constituents is an important part of serving in elective office. This report, published every month since I took office in 2016, is an example of my commitment to keeping Schodack residents informed about town government news and community events.

In addition to our regularly scheduled Town Board meetings in October, we held a series of budget meetings to review and discuss the 2021 Tentative Budget for the Town of Schodack.

The department heads did an excellent job of outlining and itemizing their recommended expenditures and appropriations for the upcoming year. We look forward to adopting another town budget that continues our commitment to providing excellent services to our residents, while also being fiscally prudent.

I was honored to attend the annual Rensselaer County DWI Memorial Ceremony hosted by Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly. Families of loved ones, community leaders and elected officials were in attendance to remember those who have lost their lives to impaired drivers and to speak out about the tragic consequences of drinking and driving.

With the holidays fast approaching and recognizing that these are very difficult times for several local families, I encourage people to make donations to our wonderful food pantry located in the Village of Castleton — The Anchor. Staff at The Anchor are dedicated to assisting local families during times of need. For more information about The Anchor, call (518) 732-4120 or email: theanchorfoodpantry@nullverizon.net.

Thank you to the excellent work of the Rensselaer County Board of Elections’ staff and poll workers who successfully managed the large volume of voters countywide who utilized our Town Hall facility as their early voting location this year. The Town of Schodack was proud to host one of the three early voting locations in the county and I hope everyone enjoyed their visit to our town.

Tracey Rex, Member of Schodack Town Board


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