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Dear Pine Plains 9.24.21

9.24.2021

Dear Pine Plains,

The week after a Town Board Meeting is always made up of carrying out the instructions of the Board on various decisions we have made at the meeting. I thought I might depict a typical Monday after Board Meeting to give you an idea of what the job of Town Supervisor entails.

First, keep in mind that a Town Supervisor is a government position that is not like a mayor. Mayors are installed in Villages and Cities. Supervisors are installed in Towns. They have different jobs. My job is essentially to create the agenda for each meeting, to run the meetings via Roberts Rule of Order, to write and mind the Budget, to write grants for additions to the Town for which taxes cannot pay, and to be at Town Hall to answer citizens’ questions and help them with their problems. A Town Supervisor in Dutchess County has the ability to declare a State of Emergency, but that is the only power a Supervisor has. My vote is 1 of 5.

6am: Read and answer email

11am: Host meeting with County Office of Emergency Response Commissioner Dana Smith and Eoin Wrafter, Head of County Planning. They brought a team of consultants up to Pine Plains to meet with our Broadband Committee on the work we’ve done to map and identify where the holes are in our service. We also invited the Towns of Milan, Stanford, and Northeast/Millerton to the meeting, and all attended. Bottom line: they want to survey people all over again on the subject and this will take more time. We pushed back on this, asking them to seriously read our Report as published on our website, and to use our data to make recommendations as to building out the service in northeast Dutchess County. We hope they listen to us. All seemed to be good people trying to do their jobs well. They all know that internet should be considered a utility by now.

12:30pm: Spoke with the father of a veteran whose Hometown Heroes flag is in; flags hopefully going up this week.

1pm on: Re-read contents of last week’s Board Meeting, sent new laws to State divisions, corrected copy as passed, placed all the materials from the meeting in binder.

Answered more email:

Referred displaced tenants at Town Center to help from Hudson River Housing

Connected property owner to lawyer/engineer on easement situation

Received request from State granting authority to make a video about Pine Plains and why we                  need downtown revitalization; began reaching out to people who know how to make videos for                  help. Began formulating ideas.

Spoke with 2 citizens about the Bicentennial project to film and interview our elders on their own history in Pine Plains. Got some great stories. They promised to help me get the farmer they had in mind together with his mentee for the interview. John Boadle has consented to be interviewed by Ben Prentice. I hope more people will step up and agree to do this for the archives of our Town historical society.

Spoke with County regarding procurement requirements for the new playground. We need to bid this out. They have recommendations for help on this and companies to ask, as well as opportunity for piggybacking on a New York State bid. Many opportunities here to save money and get what we need.

Contacted Rec Dept to ask for help doing this. Met with Rec Director by phone.

Spoke with Town Clerk, Building Inspector, police department regarding various issues.

Spoke with County on grants received, how to process and administer.

Worked further on the 2022 Budget and Salaries.

Answered more email.

Signed checks, signed vouchers, contacted bank about SWEEP account. “Swept” money into General Fund.

Answered more email. Tracked down and sent town attorney account documents for new building.

A typical Monday.

This weekend is the Roast Beef Dinner at the Presbyterian Church 3039 Church Street. Please call ahead to order your dinners. They are $17 each and pickup time is from 4:30 to 5:30. Call Carol Hart at 518-398-7056 for yours. All proceeds go to purchasing wreaths for veterans at the Evergreen Cemetery as a part of National Wreaths Across America Day, which will occur December 18th at 12pm.

There is a blues concert Saturday night the 25th at 8pm at The Stissing Center.

Make plans to attend the Ag Fair which is going ahead on Columbus Weekend. You cannot miss Crazy Creatures.

This week I was invited to Bard College to take part in a class on Democracy and how to preserve it. The Town Supervisor of Red Hook was also invited, and we spoke with students about how we work, and what challenges we are facing. In return, we got to sit through the lecture on “citizen assemblies”, which was extraordinary. Basically it is a way to tackle an issue via a series of meetings of randomly selected townspeople from all walks of life. Many such assemblies can take place over a period of many months. In a way, we do this already with our Standing Committees. Our police Stakeholders Committee was highly representative of the town. But seeing the way this is set up was enormously eye-opening. The students may come to Pine Plains to help with our community meeting on the wastewater system. I have been invited to be a speaker at the Hannah Arendt Conference in October as part of this.

Supervisor McKeon commented that most of the celebratory events held in towns are not for the citizens themselves but for attracting visitors and money. I was reminded of our Ag Fair, our Town Decoration Day, and our Memorial Day, events designed FOR our own citizens, with the idea that you do not have to have money in order to participate. I know that is the mission of these traditions, and frankly, find it a huge relief. Visitors are always welcome, but these things are designed by and for the betterment of the town. And primarily for our children.

Which is not to say that any of it can be done without businesses here stepping up and sponsoring things.

So buy local, Pine Plains!
Darrah Cloud

Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic September 25, 2021 Pleasant Valley Town Hall 8:00 am to 12 pm

Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health in partnership with the Dutchess County SPCA

Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic

Saturday, September 25, 2021

8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Pleasant Valley Town Hall

1554 Main St., Pleasant Valley, NY

Free Rabies Vaccination for Cats, Dogs, and Ferrets of Dutchess County Residents

Proof of Residency Required-$10 per pet for non-residents

(Proof of Previous Rabies Vaccination Required for 3 year Certificate)

**Dogs MUST be on a leash.  Cats and Ferrets MUST be in carriers.**

Register online at: DCSPCA.org or call (845) 452-7722 X425

Dear Pine Plains 7.9.21

7.9.2021

Dear Pine Plains,

This week I went to our monthly meeting of the Dutchess County Mayors and Supervisors, where we all trade information and ideas, complaints and successes, and learn from each other and advocate for change. It is a vital connection for this smallest of towns. All along, we have kept each other informed—with the help of the County—on how we can handle the American Rescue Plan Funds, and how to apply for them in the first place. Pine Plains will receive $245,000+ in two installments, and we are restricted to spending it on infrastructure: wastewater system, water system, broadband. Those who do not have these kinds of projects actually lose the funding. The exchange of all this information prepared all of us well for applying for the funds without having to spend significant money hiring an accountant to fill out the application.

Recreation Director Michael Cooper, Matt Zick and I met on Tuesday with the Dutchess County Assistant Executive Ron Hicks and the Department of Health down at the beach to assess the problems there so that they don’t close the beach this summer due to bacteria. We included Ken Preusser, a lake expert from the USDA in the discussion. I will admit, getting through to the DOH on proper lake testing and what that really entails has been exceedingly difficult, but at least we got the discussion rolling and observed some improvements we can make to ensure the beach stays open. One thing I want to ask of everyone is that should you see geese down there or droppings, you immediately become a volunteer to help clean it up rather than just complain. If we all pitch in I know that we can make a difference for our kids there. We do not have the employees to handle all that entails and when you take on responsibility for keeping Pine Plains clean and operating everywhere, you claim it as your own.

This brings me to the CAC: the CAC is our Conservation Advisory Council, our action committee for everything environmental. We are currently seeking a co-chair with a background in science for help in vitalizing this committee and making them a central point of energy for preserving our environment here. If you are obsessed with clean water and air, preserving our lakes and animal life and farmland, please volunteer for this very important position and help take the town forward in this regard. As you know, this Town Board worked hard to achieve status as a Climate Smart/Clean Energy Community (NYSERDA certified) and now we have a chance to create programs and actions that result in the award of numerous denominations of grant funds via a point system for our achievements. If you don’t know this, the Town achieved our CEC status by committing itself to 4 big actions: we converted all our street lighting to LED, saving both light glare from the town into the sky, electricity and its requisite cost, saving us approximately $6000 a year. That, a unified solar permit, environmental building code training for our Building Inspector, and our EV Charging Station (AKA Rosie, in back of the bank), and earned us $5000 in grant money for other things. Please consider becoming a part of this truly vital committee.

Senator Sue Serino paid a visit to town on Wednesday after the Senior Drive-by Picnic at the high school, attended also by Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, Congressman Antonio DelGado, Comptroller Robin Lois, Legislative Chair Gregg Pulver and numerous volunteers and patrons from the area numbering over 200. We walked the length of our business district going into stores and talking to the owners. We spoke at length about all the things the town needs to survive into the future, and all the exciting things going on. It was fortuitous that the town park was getting its face-lift at the same time the roof of the Stissing House was being replaced. The sounds of hammering and plowing and stone-wall building could be heard all over. And Justin finally got me with his spray bottle when we went into the barber shop. We are inviting the Senator to return to tour a few more businesses and The Stissing Center as well. In a meeting on Thursday with board members of BOCES, I learned that the Center now employs 5 local people, full and part-time, and has just made a very exciting hire which I can’t disclose. Their mission is forming around them as they take in all the potential a center like that can have for a town that loves theatre and dance and art and music, as we do.

Please do not forget to attend the Scoping Meetings being set up by the Durst Organization (see last week’s newsletter) on the 21st at 7:30 or the 31st at 10am at the high school. And please consider the difference you make as a citizen when you do something small and simple like picking up after the geese. Or going to an important meeting in order to stay informed.

And way to go, Girls’ 10U Softball team! AND their volunteer coach, Rich Tamburrino!  Region 17 winners! Good luck going forward!

This town is yours, Pine Plains!

Darrah Cloud

 

 

 

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA save the date: DECEMBER 18 2021

We are six months away from Wreaths Across America Day.  That day has been set aside to lay wreaths at the places where we remember, honor and tach about our veterans: cemeteries, monuments, anywhere we can pay tribute to their sacrifices.

We can’t do that without your support.  Your sponsorship will ensure that a wreath, from Wreaths Across America, Columbia Falls, Maine will be placed on the marker of a fallen hero.

Sponsoring a wreath means you have the opportunity to join a grateful nation in saying “thank you” to our veterans.

For more information or to order a wreath call Carol Hart: 518-398-7056 or email: carolhart131@aol.com

 

Hudson Valley Project Scoping Meeting Wednesday, July 21,2021 (preview materials at 6:30-meeting starts at 7:30pm) at Stissing Mountain High School and Saturday, July 31st at 9:00 for preview and meeting starts at 10:00 am.

Scoping is the process that develops a written document (Scope) that outlines the topics and analyses of potential environmental impacts to be addressed in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, including the content and level of detail of the analysis, the range of alternatives, the mitigation measures needed and the identification of nonrelevant issues.

All are welcome at this first meeting which starts at 6:30 for review of materials, with the actual meeting starting at 7:30.   There is a second scheduled meeting on Saturday July 31,2021 at 10:00 am, with a preview period starting at 9:00 am.  This meeting will also be held at the High School.

Project Layout Map for Draft Scope (1)Hudson Valley Project Draft Scope_06_30_21