Dear Pine Plains 2.21.2020

Dear Pine Plains,

This month was a month of many meetings. The first occurred on February 3rd, when we met with potential engineers for the Sewer Feasibility Study. We expected 3 or 4 to show up, and we got 14 from 10 different companies. On February 10th, we launched the Sewer Feasibility Study at a Community Meeting held at the Community Center. Over 40 people attended and received a power-point presentation by Candace Balmer, of RCAP Solutions, or Rural Community Assistance Partnership, a national network of nonprofit organizations working to ensure that rural communities have safe drinking water and sanitary waste disposal infrastructure. They manage projects in this realm for the USDA, the EPA, the Equal Housing Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development, CDFI Fund and the Small Business Association. I gave the intro, and it’s all on Pine Plains Views on their website.

Stan Hirson filmed that meeting, as well as the two meetings this week with the Durst organization. They came to tell us that they are withdrawing the new Neighborhood Development plans to pursue a new concept focused on a healthy lifestyle and recreation resort with hiking and biking trails, an equestrian complex, substantial environmental conservation and connectivity to the Town. They want to promote Pine Plains as an outdoor destination and foster tourism and economic support for the town. The new project will need a Planning Board special permit, a new development plan will be submitted, and all new environment impact statements will be created. Thanks to Stan, you can all watch the meetings on www.pineplainsviews.com

At the Dutchess County Supervisors and Mayors Meeting this month I was elected as their rep to the Dutchess County Transportation Council as a voting member. I look forward to serving them and the Town of Pine Plains in this capacity. This is in addition to my appointment to the Community Development Council for Dutchess County by County Executive Molinaro. Due to our Town Board Meeting last night, I was unable to attend the State of the County address. We shared it on our Facebook page Pine Plains Town Hall as well as our website.

Scammers are at it again with calls to vulnerable people about their Social Security being suspended. If you know anyone who might be vulnerable to this, please let them know they can just hang up!

March 1st, John Ryan Larkin will be ordained at the First United Presbyterian Church, 3pm. All are invited, but an RSVP is appreciated to: dyan.wapnick@gmail.com A reception follows. We look forward to getting to know John who is following in the footsteps of Carol Miller, and is now a resident of Pine Plains.

Buy your tickets to Peter Pan from the Stissing Theatre Guild soon—the play runs March 13-15, with 2 matinees at 1:30 Saturday and Sunday, and starting at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday nights.

It’s a leap year this year! Take a leap, Pine Plains!

Darrah Cloud