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Dear Pine Plains 10.22.21

10.22.2021

Dear Pine Plains,

Get your tickets NOW for the Cemetery Tours that the Little Nine Partners Historical Society puts together every year to benefit the Library. This year’s lineup of long-dead Pine Plainsians and their stories promises to be the best ever. Shows are tonight and Saturday night. Buy tickets through Eventbrite on the Library website at: www.pineplainsfreelibrary.org

This month I began my tenure on the Dutchess County Housing Committee, which is looking into the entire scope of affordable housing, from the history of it here to where we all are now and what we can do about it. I have to say, of all the committees I have been asked to be a part of by the County Executive, this one is being run by a truly crackerjack bunch of planners and housing experts, and includes people from all walks of housing services, M&T Bank, and Kirchoff Builders. The expertise is amazing.
I am also on the Community Development Access Committee, which reviews all the grants submitted by towns and organizations to the County. We have spent about 6 hours in ZOOM meetings this past month and many more on our own reading grants and commenting on them, for recommendation to the County Executive. Again, this committee is comprised of some incredible people working in the County to help the homeless, the mentally ill, and numerous other aid organizations, as well as municipal leaders and philanthropists.

All of this work is teaching me how better to think about grants and grant writing and it has been invaluable to introducing me both to all the opportunities on our doorstep which are out there, but also how to write the kind of grants they want to fund.

We passed the Tentative Budget in early October and the Preliminary Budget last night. Once that is passed, the Budget can only be changed downward, meaning less money spent, but not upward. We did not exceed the tax cap again this year.

More good news: with the help of Gregg Pulver, we located a machine to bring the new fountain down to the renovated Town Park, and it is installed. Tim Jones donated the fountain to the town in honor of our long history of farming, and it’s made of old watering troughs. The pergola arrived in kit form and we await electrical work to complete the whole thing.  I have seen lots of people already sitting beside the fountain to hear the sound of the water, and watch it cascade. The ear tags that are a part of the sculpture are rather poignant, I think. Thanks to all those involved in making this happen: Tim Jones, our Town Beautification Committee, Sue Robinson and her crew at Down to Earth, Kyle Lougheed and his crew at Ginocchio Electric, Prospect Hill Farmstead, and Edward Kinzer, Jr. whose legacy to the town because he loved it here provided the funds for a really beautiful spot. When I went to see it on Wednesday, two bald eagles were circling directly overhead.

Keep flying, Pine Plains!
Darrah Cloud

10.22.2021

Dear Pine Plains,

Get your tickets NOW for the Cemetery Tours that the Little Nine Partners Historical Society puts together every year to benefit the Library. This year’s lineup of long-dead Pine Plainsians and their stories promises to be the best ever. Shows are tonight and Saturday night. Buy tickets through Eventbrite on the Library website at: www.pineplainsfreelibrary.org

This month I began my tenure on the Dutchess County Housing Committee, which is looking into the entire scope of affordable housing, from the history of it here to where we all are now and what we can do about it. I have to say, of all the committees I have been asked to be a part of by the County Executive, this one is being run by a truly crackerjack bunch of planners and housing experts, and includes people from all walks of housing services, M&T Bank, and Kirchoff Builders. The expertise is amazing.
I am also on the Community Development Access Committee, which reviews all the grants submitted by towns and organizations to the County. We have spent about 6 hours in ZOOM meetings this past month and many more on our own reading grants and commenting on them, for recommendation to the County Executive. Again, this committee is comprised of some incredible people working in the County to help the homeless, the mentally ill, and numerous other aid organizations, as well as municipal leaders and philanthropists.

All of this work is teaching me how better to think about grants and grant writing and it has been invaluable to introducing me both to all the opportunities on our doorstep which are out there, but also how to write the kind of grants they want to fund.

We passed the Tentative Budget in early October and the Preliminary Budget last night. Once that is passed, the Budget can only be changed downward, meaning less money spent, but not upward. We did not exceed the tax cap again this year.

More good news: with the help of Gregg Pulver, we located a machine to bring the new fountain down to the renovated Town Park, and it is installed. Tim Jones donated the fountain to the town in honor of our long history of farming, and it’s made of old watering troughs. The pergola arrived in kit form and we await electrical work to complete the whole thing.  I have seen lots of people already sitting beside the fountain to hear the sound of the water, and watch it cascade. The ear tags that are a part of the sculpture are rather poignant, I think. Thanks to all those involved in making this happen: Tim Jones, our Town Beautification Committee, Sue Robinson and her crew at Down to Earth, Kyle Lougheed and his crew at Ginocchio Electric, Prospect Hill Farmstead, and Edward Kinzer, Jr. whose legacy to the town because he loved it here provided the funds for a really beautiful spot. When I went to see it on Wednesday, two bald eagles were circling directly overhead.

Keep flying, Pine Plains!
Darrah Cloud

10.22.2021

Dear Pine Plains,

Get your tickets NOW for the Cemetery Tours that the Little Nine Partners Historical Society puts together every year to benefit the Library. This year’s lineup of long-dead Pine Plainsians and their stories promises to be the best ever. Shows are tonight and Saturday night. Buy tickets through Eventbrite on the Library website at: www.pineplainsfreelibrary.org

This month I began my tenure on the Dutchess County Housing Committee, which is looking into the entire scope of affordable housing, from the history of it here to where we all are now and what we can do about it. I have to say, of all the committees I have been asked to be a part of by the County Executive, this one is being run by a truly crackerjack bunch of planners and housing experts, and includes people from all walks of housing services, M&T Bank, and Kirchoff Builders. The expertise is amazing.
I am also on the Community Development Access Committee, which reviews all the grants submitted by towns and organizations to the County. We have spent about 6 hours in ZOOM meetings this past month and many more on our own reading grants and commenting on them, for recommendation to the County Executive. Again, this committee is comprised of some incredible people working in the County to help the homeless, the mentally ill, and numerous other aid organizations, as well as municipal leaders and philanthropists.

All of this work is teaching me how better to think about grants and grant writing and it has been invaluable to introducing me both to all the opportunities on our doorstep which are out there, but also how to write the kind of grants they want to fund.

We passed the Tentative Budget in early October and the Preliminary Budget last night. Once that is passed, the Budget can only be changed downward, meaning less money spent, but not upward. We did not exceed the tax cap again this year.

More good news: with the help of Gregg Pulver, we located a machine to bring the new fountain down to the renovated Town Park, and it is installed. Tim Jones donated the fountain to the town in honor of our long history of farming, and it’s made of old watering troughs. The pergola arrived in kit form and we await electrical work to complete the whole thing.  I have seen lots of people already sitting beside the fountain to hear the sound of the water, and watch it cascade. The ear tags that are a part of the sculpture are rather poignant, I think. Thanks to all those involved in making this happen: Tim Jones, our Town Beautification Committee, Sue Robinson and her crew at Down to Earth, Kyle Lougheed and his crew at Ginocchio Electric, Prospect Hill Farmstead, and Edward Kinzer, Jr. whose legacy to the town because he loved it here provided the funds for a really beautiful spot. When I went to see it on Wednesday, two bald eagles were circling directly overhead.

Keep flying, Pine Plains!
Darrah Cloud