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Public Notice December 16, 2021

Public Notice
WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Pine Plains has been considering the
establishment of a wastewater district for the Town of Pine Plains, which will be centered around
the Hamlet Business Zoning District pursuant to the provisions of Article 12-a of the New York
State Town Law; and
WHEREAS, the Town Board has determined that the engineering firm of Tighe & Bond
Engineering & Landscape Architecture, P.C. (Tighe & Bond) is duly qualified to prepare such
map, plan and report, as required by §209-b of the New York State Town Law; and
WHEREAS, the Town Board has determined that the cost of the preparation of the map,
plan and report will not exceed $11,700; and
WHEREAS, the Town Board has applied for, and received, an $11,700 Water
Infrastructure Grant to pay for the cost of such map, plan and report.
RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Pine Plains, in regular session duly
convened, as follows:
1. That the engineering firm of Tighe & Bond be, and hereby is, directed pursuant to
the provisions of §209-b of the New York State Town Law to prepare a map, plan
and report meeting the requirements of said section of the law.
2. That the expense incurred for the preparation of the map, plan and report shall be
a general charge and shall be levied and collected in the same manner as other
Town charges except that it is anticipated that the preparation of the map, plan
and report will be completely funded by the said grant.
3. That this Resolution, in accordance of §24 of the Municipal Home Rule; Article 7
of the New York State Town Law and §209-b of the New York State Town Law
is subject to a permissive referendum.
The question of the adoption of the foregoing Resolution was duly put to a vote on roll
call on December 16, 2021 which resulted as follows:
Supervisor Cloud Aye
Councilman Bartles Aye
Councilman Chase Aye
Councilwoman Jones Aye
Councilman Zick Aye
The Resolution was thereupon declared duly adopted. 5-0 Passed.
By Order of the Town Board
Madelin Dafoe
Town Clerk

Covid -19 Testing is available at the Pine Plains Pharmacy

Covid-19 Testing is available at the Pine Plains Pharmacy!


The Pharmacy offers 3 testing options:

1) Abbott BinaxNOW Ag Rapid Test
-Results are available in 15 minutes!

– Results are available same day

3) COVID-19 RT-PCR Test (Molecular/NAAT)
-Results are available in 24-48 hours!

Testing is available curb-side  Monday through Saturday.
Make sure you are making an appointment for the correct test as required.

Please follow CLICK HERE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT and fill out the necessary intake form.

If you have any questions, the Pharmacy can be reached at (518)398-5588.

Highway Supervisor Update on Winter Roads and Parking

Please remember that keeping the Town roads passable during inclement weather is my top priority during the winter months. I would appreciate your cooperation while my crew members are trying to do their jobs-
Please do not park or leave your vehicle on any public street, road or highway within the Town or on any Town owned or maintained parking area (excluding designated areas) in the Town of Pine Plains between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m or during any period of snowfall or other precipitation (excepting rain) and for a period of six hours following the said snowfall or other precipitation (excepting rain) during the months of November of each year through April of the following year.
Please be sure that if you have sidewalks located either at your place of business or residence, that they are free of snow or ice and icy conditions within 24 hours at the end of accumulation. I would like to remind residents that plowing snow into and across the roadway is illegal as per Highway Law § 214. This practice is very dangerous as it compromises the safety of motorists who are often approaching the area unsuspecting an obstacle. Highway Law §214 states that “depositing ashes, snow, ice, stones, sticks, et cetera upon the highways is a violation subject to a penalty.”
My crew and I would like to remind you that clearing the roads takes time. The material that we are applying to deice the roadways does not work instantly. Balancing both budget dollars and environmental impacts, we are not applying pure salt to our roadways therefore our roads do not and will not melt off as fast as the main roads you are accustomed to traveling. We appreciate your understanding.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Heather Emerich, Highway Superintendent (518) 398-6662 Office (518) 965-1876 Cell





Pine Plains Water Improvement Area Notice about delinquent water bills

Please remember that all water bills are to be paid within 30 days or they are considered delinquent.  It is the PPWIA policy to re-levy any overdue unpaid water balances to the following year’s county/town tax bill on November 1, 2021.  Any outstanding account balances 30 days and older will be forwarded to Dutchess County and added to the annual tax bill for collection.  These amounts will show as a line item.

Landlords of properties within the water district should take note that the owner of the property is responsible for all outstanding water usage balances of their tenants.  Bills with “Duplicate Invoice Please Do Not Pay” indicates that the bill was also sent to the tenant in their name.  Landlords renting property to tenants should contact the PPWIA at 518-398-1411 to ensure all outstanding balances as of November 1, 2021 are paid to date.  If a balance remains, it will be re-levied on the property tax bill.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Dear Pine Plains 10.29.21


Dear Pine Plains,

I walk around town a lot talking to people, and am always amazed at the way rumors gestate and then become live and rampant, and again at the assumptions people have when they hear certain words spoken and read no further. Hot-button phrases like “affordable housing” and “central wastewater system” end up growing large in minds, yet all these resources are available to alleviate worries and fears. So let me get into this a bit in this newsletter.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING does not mean Section 8 housing that falls into squalor. What does it mean for Pine Plains? First of all, it is a goal set by the Comprehensive Plan as far back as the 1990s. Then the Town recognized the need for housing that our own children might live in to start their families, or workers on farms and at local businesses can afford to live in. That hasn’t changed. If anything, availability has gotten much worse. So, what do we do? We study it for the best possible solution for a small rural town, because that solution is also subject to the zoning here. Our first step has been to re-zone for accessory dwellings, so that a homeowner can build an apartment in a barn or garage to rent out OR live in, thereby renting out the larger house. This will actually open up a lot of possibility for rental housing here if people choose to go this route. And it allows our seniors, who may be living in homes they can’t take care of anymore, to move into a smaller place right on their own land. As regards the 21 acres in the middle of town owned by the NYC Catholic Archdiocese, they have recently contacted us to begin talking about what they might do with their land. Suffice it to say, NO developer would touch it if we don’t have a central wastewater system for them to tie into. (Check out Woodstock Commons for the development built by RUPCO across the river. These are 2-story apartment buildings which are mixed-income set in the woods, with park-like pathways all around them. Think how nice it would be to take a walk at night on those pathways through preserved meadows and see your neighbors and meet new people…)

At any rate, I attended the 2nd meeting of the DC Housing Committee, and learned more interesting facts: in discussing trends, we looked at graphs of financial states versus home-buying/renting ability. In a nutshell, the top tier of earners make over $150,000. The lowest tier make under 50,000. Middle and lower middle make 50,000 to 100,000 plus. Upper middle is 100,000 to 150,000. Top tier earners came up to Dutchess County able to buy from the lowest tier sellers, with the money renovate those houses. They got “deals”. But when they renovate, they add to the cost of their homes making them unreachable by the middle tiers.  The lowest tier stayed in houses no one else wants. The middle tiers faced housing prices they could not afford. In addition, wages remained stagnant for the lowest tier, but rose for all the other tiers. Renters in the middle tiers can generally afford rising rents, but in the lowest tiers, people cannot. Hence, we have a housing crisis.

CENTRAL WASTEWATER SYSTEM November 15th at 7pm at the Community Center above the Library we will unveil the results of the Sewer Feasibility Study we did this past year with grant money and encouragement from the County. The properties affected are all in the zoned business district, 32 in all. Operations and Maintenance costs will be borne by those property owners, but their ability to expand exponentially will make up for these bills. The design is small and compact and hardly visible, so come see what it’s all about. Without a system like this, no new businesses can thrive or even open due to the department of health laws around septic system size now in place. It is not the old days anymore. We have new challenges to keeping our drinking water clean, and this system would enable anyone to open a business regardless of their personal wealth.

A lot of people fear a rise in taxes that would make remaining in their homes impossible. A lot of people blame “city people” for changing things in Pine Plains. A lot of people blame local businesses for having high prices and they shop elsewhere. But here’s the rub: who does everyone go to when they are fundraising for a school team? A class, the FFA, a family that has fallen on hard times? Business owners. If businesses fail in Pine Plains, we have only ourselves to blame, and the repercussions are vast. Just FYI, since I have been in office, every business space in town has either been renovated and opened, is in the process of opening, or awaits approvals and will open hopefully in the spring. 

Thinking does not necessarily lead to the truth, but it does give our lives meaning. Learning and thinking and asking questions are what we all must do in order to make Pine Plains a thriving, kind place. A meaningful place. The place our children want to come back to, to live. All of these issues are tied inexorably together.

Check out Rock Academy tonight at The Stissing Center. 7:30 and wear a costume.  Tickets are CHEAP! as always and the evening features Youth Bands 12 yo to 18.  $10 for students, $20 general admission. Go to for more details. Plan on crazy hijinks on Halloween but note that the Fire Department will NOT be hosting the costume party this year, but WILL hand out candy from 5-7pm.

And think local, Pine Plains!
Darrah Cloud

This is what a central septic system looks like in a small rural town: