Category: Town Supervisor Updates

Highlights of the Town Board Meeting 3.15.18

This was a tough month for Pine Plains. We lost a number of beloved and important citizens. Two significant nor’easters swept through and knocked out power and roads for days. This brought to our attention the need for all of our departments to work together in emergencies, and for a plan of which all are aware. Warming and charging were made available at the Community Center and the Town Hall. Dry ice and bottled water for our area was delivered by Central Hudson to Red Hook. Most people stayed home and manned their generators, or came into town for a few hours to sit at diners with friends. Neighbors helped neighbors. We got through it. The County will soon be delivering a comprehensive emergency plan for the town, so that all systems work in a united way.

At the Town Board Meeting on the Ides of March, (not a time of evil, as Shakespeare had it, but a time for settling debts that goes back to the Romans!) we discussed a few of the following things:

The Old Library Sale: we will put it up for sale again ourselves, but this time with specific requirements for the renovation of the building, as it stands on prime real estate in Pine Plains.

We took a pledge to become a Climate Smart Community which will enable us to apply for grants with NYSERDA for energy-saving systems and an EV Charging Station.

The Trails Report was approved. Town attorney will draw up the necessary resolution.

We have launched a search for a Court Prosecutor.

It was nice to see students in attendance. We hope they learned a few things about good government!

First Durst Meeting Highlights

On February 24th, the Durst Corporation came to the Community Center to present their project in an informational town-wide meeting. Highlights of the plan include much more green space and land conservancy than the original plan, a trail system open to the public which would allow us to walk from downtown Pine Plains all the way to Lafayetteville, an Affordable Housing Fund to be administered by the Town Board for in-town housing, and the potential for numerous jobs associated with the building and maintenance of the development. The potential economic impact of the project was suggested, though there remains a discrepancy between this potential and both the forestry tax exemptions (upwards of $6,000,00) they have received, and their proposed use of common space, which may conflict with businesses already established in Pine Plains.  They spoke of being open to hearing about all of these impacts and more. After describing the development to us in a powerpoint, they requested feedback on the following aspects of the proposal:

  1. Layout and design of the project
  2. Size of the project
  3. Variety of housing and lot sizes
  4. Proposed public benefits a) Are all of them useful/up-to-date? b) Are there changes to be considered? c) Do any raise potential difficulties? d) Are there different benefits or amenities which should be considered?

You can read the NND on our website under About Us/Development. Please send your comments to for inclusion in a report to the Dursts which they will address at the next meeting on March 17th at 10:30 am at the Community Center.

Highlights from the 2/15/18 Town Board Meeting

The new website committee was thanked for their hard work in creating a vibrant, easy-to-use new website for the town. Please be patient while we adjust to the new system and bring old information up-to-date.

Warren updated us on the community-wide Special Meetings on the Durst Project to take place 2/24 10-12 and 3/17 10:30-12:30 at the Community Center. We will have time to address written comments and questions only from the public at both meetings, but ask the public for the following: please go to the new town website and access the New Neighborhood Development plan (NND) under About Us, then Development, and read it thoroughly. This is the plan as it stands now. This is our moment as citizens to help shape the direction of the project. Make your informed comments based on this proposal and send them before both meetings to

The Recreation Department is looking for businesses to sponsor baseball and softball teams. There will be 8-10 teams this year. Please contact Catherine Prentice at the Rec Department if interested, at:

Stissing Lake water testing has completed a first phase. Further testing was approved.

More to come in the minutes!

Town Supervisor Update

Intro to your new Town Supervisor! 

Darrah Cloud holds a BA from Goddard College and MFAs from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. She has been a business owner in Stanfordville and Pine Plains since 1997, and helped revive the Pine Plains Business Association.  She is a Professor of Creative Writing at Goddard College and has taught at Vassar, Fordham, Wesleyan, and SUNY Albany as well. Cloud states: “When I was five my mother took me to my first play: it was the musical, Oliver! I never recovered. While other kids were memorizing Jimmy Hendrix riffs and Janis Ian lyrics, I was memorizing The Boyfriend, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Oklahoma. But if you know me, you know that I look nothing like a chorus girl, let alone a Broadway star. Plus I couldn’t sing. But that didn’t stop me: I became a playwright. What has this got to do with being Town Supervisor of Pine Plains? Everything. A lifetime of creating plotlines, tracking continuity, handling vivid characters and facing enormous obstacles with a too-small sword and a tiny platoon of underfunded crazy, valiant, and brave techies, prepared me well for taking office. It turns out that the diverse, creative, collaborative world of the theater is the perfect training ground for public service. (Take note, kids in the chorus of the Will Rogers Follies!) Our door is open down at Town Hall for those with energy to help the town attract new businesses and people who work hard, love mountains and lakes, want to send their kids to great schools, want to get involved in their community rather than sit at home… and love theater! Stop by. Attend a Town Board meeting. Get to know the people you elected to help keep the town running. Play a part in Pine Plains!”