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Dear Pine Plains 3.19.21

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3.19.2021

Dear Pine Plains,

This letter will just be a summary of the past month of Board activity. It was a busy month.

First and foremost, the American Rescue Plan will provide the Town of Pine Plains with a grant of $260,000 (this is based on our 2020  census results). We obtained the advice of our town accountant as to how best to spend the money, but we would love to hear from people with their ideas. No idea when it will come in, but of course, I am betting we can all think of a thousand ways to spend it.

The bids are in on all our projects for Highway garage repairs, slope stabilization on Hicks Hill, and the demolition of 8 and 12 N. Main. The companies were chosen and the work is set to begin.

The Zoning Review Committee launched with our planners BFJ Planning, and got off to a rousing start with a long and exciting meeting to detail all the things we want to correct in our zoning.

We have received a surprise $5000 grant from NYSERDA for earning a Clean Energy Community status back in 2019, and I learned about new programs for more grant money from our new representative there, Anilla Cherchin. We earn points by doing projects with the environment in mind, and those points lead to rewards of grants. It’s kind of like green stamps. Remember those?

Vaccinations came to Pine Plains via the heroic efforts of our pharmacist Nasir Mahmood and the cooperation of our Fire Department in providing a place to give them. I heard that people were complaining about having to stand in a line at the beginning, but that line did not last long and the operation has gone smoothly each of the days it has been here. More vaccine is coming, and the parameters of who receives it are about to open up even more. NOTE: The County will be holding a POP-UP CLINIC for the region around March 31st. They will be giving the Johnson and Johnson 1-dose vaccine. For this one, you need to sign up on the County site, at: dutchessny.gov/VaccineInfoForm Once again, if you want help filling out forms for signing up, or know someone who needs help, send them to Town Hall or the Library. We can help.

The Sewer Feasibility Study is in and we are examining it still in order to understand the ramifications of the results for the Town.

Our Emergency Action Plan was completed by Heather Emerich, Rich Prentice and I so that we now have a complete plan ready to implement should we ever have another disaster like the pandemic. The Board passed it with the addition of Board approval for any shut-down or re-opening of within 5 days of the initial decision.

Our Broadband Committee reached out to three other towns to help them start their process for getting high-speed internet, as well as to join us in lobbying our legislators, senators and County Executive for help in finishing the build-out in Pine Plains. Our report should be finished at the end of next week and we will issue it to all the electeds in our efforts and put it on our website. We are also asking for a liaison to be created on the Town Board for Broadband, and for that person to be the point person for helping community members access high-speed internet and troubleshoot problems.

Monday’s Town Board Workshop involved working on how the Town might receive a gift of trails land on the Mitchell property behind Stewart’s. How we designate that, who maintains the trails, and Pilch Drive were all subjects for consideration. These trails are the first step in creating a system that could weave throughout Pine Plains and be a real asset to the town.

If you will remember, sometime in 2018 Pine Plains joined the Wappingers Watershed Inter-municipal Council as guardians of the headwaters of the watershed. We had not been active in this Council for a while and our cooperation was essential in preventing what has become a horrible pollution problem at the end of the watershed at Wappinger Lake in Wappingers Falls. That lake is almost dead due to runoff from farms and other businesses along the creeks that feed into it.  Now many municipalities have gotten together to clean that up. I attended a number of meetings then handed over the reins to our current Pine Plains representative, Hollie Bart from the TWILA. After months and months of very hard work, Hollie and her lake association have just been informed that they have won numerous grants upwards of $60,000 to start the hard work of cleaning up the watershed beginning with Twin Islands Lake, which will have a positive effect on Stissing Lake as well. The method for the cleaning is called a Biochar Sock, and it needs to be applied while the lake is at high levels in the spring. These grants are coming from the Local Waterfront Revitalization grant opportunity through the State and once you get one, you are in there for life. The State rewarded our participation in taking responsibility for the health of the watershed, and numerous innovative practices can be put into action now due to these funds. Congratulations to Hollie and TWILA for putting Pine Plains on the map as more than just a pretty face.

A goose abatement plan for Stissing Lake was approved as well as the purchase of a new police car. The new car comes with everything included through a purchasing opportunity with the County Sheriff’s Department. Vicky, the old Crown Victoria, will be sold and the Taurus–which our police can hardly fit into with all their safety equipment on–will become the parade car.  I think we should name the new one: Elsie, or Gary, in honor of retired officer Gary Hoysradt. But as you know, cars choose their own names…

Finally, after more than 40 years, the old memorial hall now known as The Stissing Center has heat, hot water and central AC. As the country opens up after the pandemic, I know we are all looking forward to being in there to hear music and all the other possible things the organization will bring to Pine Plains.

La la la, Pine Plains!
Darrah Cloud

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3.19.2021

Dear Pine Plains,

This letter will just be a summary of the past month of Board activity. It was a busy month.

First and foremost, the American Rescue Plan will provide the Town of Pine Plains with a grant of $260,000 (this is based on our 2020  census results). We obtained the advice of our town accountant as to how best to spend the money, but we would love to hear from people with their ideas. No idea when it will come in, but of course, I am betting we can all think of a thousand ways to spend it.

The bids are in on all our projects for Highway garage repairs, slope stabilization on Hicks Hill, and the demolition of 8 and 12 N. Main. The companies were chosen and the work is set to begin.

The Zoning Review Committee launched with our planners BFJ Planning, and got off to a rousing start with a long and exciting meeting to detail all the things we want to correct in our zoning.

We have received a surprise $5000 grant from NYSERDA for earning a Clean Energy Community status back in 2019, and I learned about new programs for more grant money from our new representative there, Anilla Cherchin. We earn points by doing projects with the environment in mind, and those points lead to rewards of grants. It’s kind of like green stamps. Remember those?

Vaccinations came to Pine Plains via the heroic efforts of our pharmacist Nasir Mahmood and the cooperation of our Fire Department in providing a place to give them. I heard that people were complaining about having to stand in a line at the beginning, but that line did not last long and the operation has gone smoothly each of the days it has been here. More vaccine is coming, and the parameters of who receives it are about to open up even more. NOTE: The County will be holding a POP-UP CLINIC for the region around March 31st. They will be giving the Johnson and Johnson 1-dose vaccine. For this one, you need to sign up on the County site, at: dutchessny.gov/VaccineInfoForm Once again, if you want help filling out forms for signing up, or know someone who needs help, send them to Town Hall or the Library. We can help.

The Sewer Feasibility Study is in and we are examining it still in order to understand the ramifications of the results for the Town.

Our Emergency Action Plan was completed by Heather Emerich, Rich Prentice and I so that we now have a complete plan ready to implement should we ever have another disaster like the pandemic. The Board passed it with the addition of Board approval for any shut-down or re-opening of within 5 days of the initial decision.

Our Broadband Committee reached out to three other towns to help them start their process for getting high-speed internet, as well as to join us in lobbying our legislators, senators and County Executive for help in finishing the build-out in Pine Plains. Our report should be finished at the end of next week and we will issue it to all the electeds in our efforts and put it on our website. We are also asking for a liaison to be created on the Town Board for Broadband, and for that person to be the point person for helping community members access high-speed internet and troubleshoot problems.

Monday’s Town Board Workshop involved working on how the Town might receive a gift of trails land on the Mitchell property behind Stewart’s. How we designate that, who maintains the trails, and Pilch Drive were all subjects for consideration. These trails are the first step in creating a system that could weave throughout Pine Plains and be a real asset to the town.

If you will remember, sometime in 2018 Pine Plains joined the Wappingers Watershed Inter-municipal Council as guardians of the headwaters of the watershed. We had not been active in this Council for a while and our cooperation was essential in preventing what has become a horrible pollution problem at the end of the watershed at Wappinger Lake in Wappingers Falls. That lake is almost dead due to runoff from farms and other businesses along the creeks that feed into it.  Now many municipalities have gotten together to clean that up. I attended a number of meetings then handed over the reins to our current Pine Plains representative, Hollie Bart from the TWILA. After months and months of very hard work, Hollie and her lake association have just been informed that they have won numerous grants upwards of $60,000 to start the hard work of cleaning up the watershed beginning with Twin Islands Lake, which will have a positive effect on Stissing Lake as well. The method for the cleaning is called a Biochar Sock, and it needs to be applied while the lake is at high levels in the spring. These grants are coming from the Local Waterfront Revitalization grant opportunity through the State and once you get one, you are in there for life. The State rewarded our participation in taking responsibility for the health of the watershed, and numerous innovative practices can be put into action now due to these funds. Congratulations to Hollie and TWILA for putting Pine Plains on the map as more than just a pretty face.

A goose abatement plan for Stissing Lake was approved as well as the purchase of a new police car. The new car comes with everything included through a purchasing opportunity with the County Sheriff’s Department. Vicky, the old Crown Victoria, will be sold and the Taurus–which our police can hardly fit into with all their safety equipment on–will become the parade car.  I think we should name the new one: Elsie, or Gary, in honor of retired officer Gary Hoysradt. But as you know, cars choose their own names…

Finally, after more than 40 years, the old memorial hall now known as The Stissing Center has heat, hot water and central AC. As the country opens up after the pandemic, I know we are all looking forward to being in there to hear music and all the other possible things the organization will bring to Pine Plains.

La la la, Pine Plains!
Darrah Cloud

View this email in your browser
3.19.2021

Dear Pine Plains,

This letter will just be a summary of the past month of Board activity. It was a busy month.

First and foremost, the American Rescue Plan will provide the Town of Pine Plains with a grant of $260,000 (this is based on our 2020  census results). We obtained the advice of our town accountant as to how best to spend the money, but we would love to hear from people with their ideas. No idea when it will come in, but of course, I am betting we can all think of a thousand ways to spend it.

The bids are in on all our projects for Highway garage repairs, slope stabilization on Hicks Hill, and the demolition of 8 and 12 N. Main. The companies were chosen and the work is set to begin.

The Zoning Review Committee launched with our planners BFJ Planning, and got off to a rousing start with a long and exciting meeting to detail all the things we want to correct in our zoning.

We have received a surprise $5000 grant from NYSERDA for earning a Clean Energy Community status back in 2019, and I learned about new programs for more grant money from our new representative there, Anilla Cherchin. We earn points by doing projects with the environment in mind, and those points lead to rewards of grants. It’s kind of like green stamps. Remember those?

Vaccinations came to Pine Plains via the heroic efforts of our pharmacist Nasir Mahmood and the cooperation of our Fire Department in providing a place to give them. I heard that people were complaining about having to stand in a line at the beginning, but that line did not last long and the operation has gone smoothly each of the days it has been here. More vaccine is coming, and the parameters of who receives it are about to open up even more. NOTE: The County will be holding a POP-UP CLINIC for the region around March 31st. They will be giving the Johnson and Johnson 1-dose vaccine. For this one, you need to sign up on the County site, at: dutchessny.gov/VaccineInfoForm Once again, if you want help filling out forms for signing up, or know someone who needs help, send them to Town Hall or the Library. We can help.

The Sewer Feasibility Study is in and we are examining it still in order to understand the ramifications of the results for the Town.

Our Emergency Action Plan was completed by Heather Emerich, Rich Prentice and I so that we now have a complete plan ready to implement should we ever have another disaster like the pandemic. The Board passed it with the addition of Board approval for any shut-down or re-opening of within 5 days of the initial decision.

Our Broadband Committee reached out to three other towns to help them start their process for getting high-speed internet, as well as to join us in lobbying our legislators, senators and County Executive for help in finishing the build-out in Pine Plains. Our report should be finished at the end of next week and we will issue it to all the electeds in our efforts and put it on our website. We are also asking for a liaison to be created on the Town Board for Broadband, and for that person to be the point person for helping community members access high-speed internet and troubleshoot problems.

Monday’s Town Board Workshop involved working on how the Town might receive a gift of trails land on the Mitchell property behind Stewart’s. How we designate that, who maintains the trails, and Pilch Drive were all subjects for consideration. These trails are the first step in creating a system that could weave throughout Pine Plains and be a real asset to the town.

If you will remember, sometime in 2018 Pine Plains joined the Wappingers Watershed Inter-municipal Council as guardians of the headwaters of the watershed. We had not been active in this Council for a while and our cooperation was essential in preventing what has become a horrible pollution problem at the end of the watershed at Wappinger Lake in Wappingers Falls. That lake is almost dead due to runoff from farms and other businesses along the creeks that feed into it.  Now many municipalities have gotten together to clean that up. I attended a number of meetings then handed over the reins to our current Pine Plains representative, Hollie Bart from the TWILA. After months and months of very hard work, Hollie and her lake association have just been informed that they have won numerous grants upwards of $60,000 to start the hard work of cleaning up the watershed beginning with Twin Islands Lake, which will have a positive effect on Stissing Lake as well. The method for the cleaning is called a Biochar Sock, and it needs to be applied while the lake is at high levels in the spring. These grants are coming from the Local Waterfront Revitalization grant opportunity through the State and once you get one, you are in there for life. The State rewarded our participation in taking responsibility for the health of the watershed, and numerous innovative practices can be put into action now due to these funds. Congratulations to Hollie and TWILA for putting Pine Plains on the map as more than just a pretty face.

A goose abatement plan for Stissing Lake was approved as well as the purchase of a new police car. The new car comes with everything included through a purchasing opportunity with the County Sheriff’s Department. Vicky, the old Crown Victoria, will be sold and the Taurus–which our police can hardly fit into with all their safety equipment on–will become the parade car.  I think we should name the new one: Elsie, or Gary, in honor of retired officer Gary Hoysradt. But as you know, cars choose their own names…

Finally, after more than 40 years, the old memorial hall now known as The Stissing Center has heat, hot water and central AC. As the country opens up after the pandemic, I know we are all looking forward to being in there to hear music and all the other possible things the organization will bring to Pine Plains.

La la la, Pine Plains!
Darrah Cloud

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