Dear Pine Plains 12.6.18

Dear Pine Plains,

One of the privileges of the job of Town Supervisor is that I am a member of the Dutchess County Supervisors and Mayors Association and attend a dinner once a month with 21 other folks dedicated to community service. This is an incredible bunch of people, working full-time for half- or third-time pay who have devoted their lives to their towns. (This is usually in addition to other full-time jobs!) We share experiences and advice freely and we all help and learn from each other. There is nothing partisan about this group. This past Tuesday, we met in Rhinebeck and went around the table talking about our challenges and our successes this year. Some of the challenges to towns in DC are staggering: brown field cleanup (with no funds to do it), aging sewer systems that are spilling waste, broken water systems, the opioid crisis, a “green fly” lake that must be cleaned up, speed limit-lowering arguments with the state, more arguments with the Board of Health, poorly maintained highway garages that need replacement, flooding… the list seemed overwhelming. Yet at the end everyone agreed with Supervisor Linda French of Dover, who said: “I love my job. I feel so lucky to wake up in the morning and set aside my own problems in order to do something that really counts and help my town.”

This week, Secretary Lori Patricola and I prepared and hosted a Holiday Feast for our seniors at the Community Center. Attendance was at an all-time high and much fun was had by all. Ham, twice-baked potatoes and homemade cheesecake! Join the Adventurers Club and be a part of this.

Which reminds me—Town Board member Sarah Jones hosts a Craft Day the first Tuesday of every month at the Community Center. 12-3pm Come work on knitting, rug hooking, whatever you do, with experts who will help and teach you.

The Town Board is holding a Workshop Meeting on the 10th at 7pm to discuss LED lighting and the addition of light to a section of Church Street between Poplar and Pioneer Drive.

On the 13th, the second meeting of the Solar Law Committee will be at 5:30pm at Town Hall.

The new town signs which Anthony Silvia made for the town at cost are receiving glowing accolades. We are very grateful. They are truly works of art. It is this kind of dedication to the town that exemplifies Pine Plains.

If you’d like to be a part of the future here, why not get on a committee? Please send your letters of interest to supervisor@pineplains-ny.gov Rather than list all the possible committees to be on, write to us of your talents and interest and we will discuss the best fit for you.

If you need a place to just sit a while and listen to holiday music played by your neighbors, get down to the Pine Plains Presbyterian Church Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 15 at 4pm. Featured artists include Patrons of Harmony, Strings Attached, Jim Petrie, Dorothy Whitaker, Gerard Lisella, Pine Plains’ newly elected assessor, Lynda Wisdo, Stissing Mt Junior High School Instrumentalists, Stissing Mt Senior High School Brass Quintet, and Organist Ryan Orton. Following the concert, all are invited to stay for light refreshments. 

Sing out, Pine Plains!