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Dear Pine Plains 12.17.21

Dear Pine Plains,

Carol Hart asked me to announce that Wreaths Across America will take place at noon on Saturday the 18th at the Evergreen Cemetery. That night at the Stissing Center the Stissing Theatre Guild is putting on The Bald Soprano, an absurdist play, with a cast of fine teenagers from Stissing Mountain School. The Presbyterian Church holds their Christmas Concert at 4pm on Saturday as well.

And Sunday please come to the Stissing Center for the 3rd New Play Reading for the series, Local Produce. Local playwrights and actors will read from Anne Undeland’s MR. FULLERTON, the story of Edith Wharton‘s one true love affair.

Last night I held my final Town Board Meeting. We have gotten a lot done the last 4 years. To wit:

We launched and maintained a new user-friendly website
Hired a fantastic planning company and launched the Comprehensive Plan Update that culminated in January of 2020 via a grant we wrote and won

Took that Update and launched the Zoning Review that led to the text and map changes in zoning to correct some problems in our zoning
Created a Broadband Committee which did incredible work mapping internet service and now serving on a committee with the County
Became a Clean Energy Community and Climate Smart Community with NYSERDA providing grants to the town for environmental projects; received a grant to install an EV charging station to bring eco-tourists to town
Convened a Solar Committee and wrote a Solar Law
Launched the feasibility study for a small innovative Central Septic System to basically create economic opportunities in PP and wrote and received grants for every phase so far
Brought a Recovery Coach to Pine Plains for help for those struggling with addiction
Bought and demolished 2 decrepit houses in order to build a new Town Hall in that location on our municipal parking lot–a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
Countless repairs to facilities: Library, Highway Garage, current Town Hall
Maintained the Budget and created the SWEEP account for an extra revenue stream
Wrote and received a $70,000 grant to build an all-abilities playground as well as a grant to purchase two GRIT all-terrain wheelchairs so people with physical challenges can get to our beach and trails
Wrote the Mandated Police reform policy with Stakeholders Committee: Brenda Jackson, Lisa Michetti, Nelson Zayas, Sarah Jones, Keary Hanan
Spearheaded bridge repair for Willowvale Road and Speed reductions for 8 roads
Contact and negotiations begun with Catholic Archdiocese and Negotiations for acreage for central septic and possible affordable housing development or a park
Wrote Mandated Emergency Action Policy
Created standing ZRC
Liaison with Durst Organization and hosted their representatives through numerous public meetings and general meetings regarding the Hudson Valley Project
Founded Tri-Town Coalition for Affordable Housing and worked with Hudson River Housing to purchase the already-built condos at Town Centre for permanent affordable rentals for the town
Handled Town business and kept all departments going during an unprecedented and historic pandemic which included learning new technologies like ZOOM for conducting remote meetings and filming all meetings
Began and wrote Dear Pine Plains a weekly Newsletter
Wrote numerous White papers on all town projects
Requested and received re-paving of State Roads 199 east and west
CDAC Member giving grants to municipalities and agencies in DC
DC Affordable Housing Committee member
DC Supervisors and Mayors Association Secretary and Executive Board member

None of these accomplishments could have been done without the support of an extraordinary group of people employed by the town: and it has been my privilege to get to work with them. I loved every minute of that, and I will miss our camaraderie immensely.

I often wonder why it seems like people aren’t curious anymore. We want to declare things, and be sure of things, we can’t admit it when we’re wrong–perhaps if we are curious that would de-stabilize our security. But I think curiosity is the only way we can grow, as people and as a town.

And so my Holiday wish for you is infinite curiosity, Pine Plains!
Darrah Cloud

Dear Pine Plains,

Carol Hart asked me to announce that Wreaths Across America will take place at noon on Saturday the 18th at the Evergreen Cemetery. That night at the Stissing Center the Stissing Theatre Guild is putting on The Bald Soprano, an absurdist play, with a cast of fine teenagers from Stissing Mountain School. The Presbyterian Church holds their Christmas Concert at 4pm on Saturday as well.

And Sunday please come to the Stissing Center for the 3rd New Play Reading for the series, Local Produce. Local playwrights and actors will read from Anne Undeland’s MR. FULLERTON, the story of Edith Wharton‘s one true love affair.

Last night I held my final Town Board Meeting. We have gotten a lot done the last 4 years. To wit:

We launched and maintained a new user-friendly website
Hired a fantastic planning company and launched the Comprehensive Plan Update that culminated in January of 2020 via a grant we wrote and won

Took that Update and launched the Zoning Review that led to the text and map changes in zoning to correct some problems in our zoning
Created a Broadband Committee which did incredible work mapping internet service and now serving on a committee with the County
Became a Clean Energy Community and Climate Smart Community with NYSERDA providing grants to the town for environmental projects; received a grant to install an EV charging station to bring eco-tourists to town
Convened a Solar Committee and wrote a Solar Law
Launched the feasibility study for a small innovative Central Septic System to basically create economic opportunities in PP and wrote and received grants for every phase so far
Brought a Recovery Coach to Pine Plains for help for those struggling with addiction
Bought and demolished 2 decrepit houses in order to build a new Town Hall in that location on our municipal parking lot–a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
Countless repairs to facilities: Library, Highway Garage, current Town Hall
Maintained the Budget and created the SWEEP account for an extra revenue stream
Wrote and received a $70,000 grant to build an all-abilities playground as well as a grant to purchase two GRIT all-terrain wheelchairs so people with physical challenges can get to our beach and trails
Wrote the Mandated Police reform policy with Stakeholders Committee: Brenda Jackson, Lisa Michetti, Nelson Zayas, Sarah Jones, Keary Hanan
Spearheaded bridge repair for Willowvale Road and Speed reductions for 8 roads
Contact and negotiations begun with Catholic Archdiocese and Negotiations for acreage for central septic and possible affordable housing development or a park
Wrote Mandated Emergency Action Policy
Created standing ZRC
Liaison with Durst Organization and hosted their representatives through numerous public meetings and general meetings regarding the Hudson Valley Project
Founded Tri-Town Coalition for Affordable Housing and worked with Hudson River Housing to purchase the already-built condos at Town Centre for permanent affordable rentals for the town
Handled Town business and kept all departments going during an unprecedented and historic pandemic which included learning new technologies like ZOOM for conducting remote meetings and filming all meetings
Began and wrote Dear Pine Plains a weekly Newsletter
Wrote numerous White papers on all town projects
Requested and received re-paving of State Roads 199 east and west
CDAC Member giving grants to municipalities and agencies in DC
DC Affordable Housing Committee member
DC Supervisors and Mayors Association Secretary and Executive Board member

None of these accomplishments could have been done without the support of an extraordinary group of people employed by the town: and it has been my privilege to get to work with them. I loved every minute of that, and I will miss our camaraderie immensely.

I often wonder why it seems like people aren’t curious anymore. We want to declare things, and be sure of things, we can’t admit it when we’re wrong–perhaps if we are curious that would de-stabilize our security. But I think curiosity is the only way we can grow, as people and as a town.

And so my Holiday wish for you is infinite curiosity, Pine Plains!
Darrah Cloud