Tag: Carvel Development

State of the Town 2019

Established a TOWN EMAIL delivered most Fridays of the year; now have over 100 members on the list; all welcome to sign up on our new WEBSITE which we got up and running as well.

Passed Cold War Veterans Real Property Tax Law Exemption

Lease with Library

Began setting up the first of 3 forums with the Durst Organization with the result that they are re-designing the entire project as a passive solar healthy lifestyle resort/development. Project Manager Lisa Baker has been coming to town ever since, meeting with people at various locations to discuss their ideas. This will continue.  We are in touch with her on a weekly basis.

Became a Climate Smart Community. As part of this, we installed an EV Charging Station behind the bank as a way to draw people with elector cars—who are often healthy lifestyle folks—to visit our town. Because it takes a few hours to charge the cars, they stay and eat and shop. Drew attended Climate Smart Code Enforcement, and we approved LED lighting for the rest of our lights which will be a savings of about $6000/year in utility costs.

Passed our Trails Report which paves the way for zoning creation of trails

Passed a Deferred Compensation Plan for town employees and a short-term disability insurance program.

Saw the County repair our bridge on Route 83 and the State repair the west side of 199.

Bought tasers with a grant for PD and created Taser Policy; hired Michael Belliveau to the Town Police; and hired Kerry Yamashita as special prosecutor for our court. Her work has cleaned up the process for us and we are really lucky to have her. 

Water Dept dealt with numerous leaks and bad meters and saved town a lot of money. 

Wilson Endurance took over the Triathlon; very well run and they hope for a bigger turnout this year. Events like this are a part of our economic development.

PPMH is also a part of our economic development. Contrary to what some people believe, this is a 501c3 enterprise, not a profit-making organization, but a charitable one. It is a real gift to Pine Plains and something everyone can be a part of and contribute to either monetarily or with work. It will bring concert-goers and art lovers to town as well as music and art. 

Once again our Summer Camp was awesome, and the added middle school program was very successful. We re-paved the basketball court and added Pickleball to its capacity. We bought and installed an ice rink at the ball fields which is already very popular.  

We are trying to buy the Ruth Pulver House on the north side of the municipal parking lot, and await very slow response on this.

We made a deal with American Tower to lease our cell tower for the next 40 years. Helped add Dutchess Views Farm to the Land Conservancy and still have not sold the Old Library. We did shut it down this winter in order to save approximately $2400 in utility costs.

We created additional Town Board Workshop meetings every month, which have tackled highway department issues, solar law, etc.

We started a Town Clean-up Day to which Lenny Liberta donated the dumpsters. This was very successful and we plan to do it every year from now on. The brush pile was finally chipped up and townsfolk invited to take what they want for their gardens. 

A family of beavers was apprehended cutting the ropes at the beach. Due to the high cost of incarceration it was determined that they be transported to higher ground. 

New town signs were built and installed by Anthony Silvia for cost as an expression of his love for Pine Plains.

We passed resolutions to create Saturday hours for the Town Clerk—2nd and 4th from 10-12—come see Judy or she’ll be lonely—and to repair the beach septic system. 

We passed an updates sexual harassment policy and a new Investment Policy and invested our Fund Balance at a rate of over 2%, which could garner as much as $20,000 year revenue for the town. Bought a new Tractor for the Highways Dept. Invited a CAPE drug addiction counselor to town with the help of Gregg Pulver for funding.

Businesses have been sponsoring banners at the recreation fields.

Thanks to the following people for all their dedication to Pine Plains: outgoing Christi Acker, Nancy Proper, Bob Cordella, Kathy Rigano and Peter Salerno and incoming Ibis Guzman, Tricia Devine, Lori Patricola, Sandy Koch and Lynda Wisdo. Jim Mara will step down as chair of our assessors to be replaced by Rich Diaz. Our gratitude to both men.

Thank you go to Anthony Silvia for our beautiful new town signs;

to George McGhee for re-painting our historic signs; 

to Lenny Liberta for all his help with Town Clean-up Day; Vinnie Parliman and Mike Coons for their help that day as well, and everyone who brought their junk to the dumpsters; 

to Dennis Williams for maintaining our town clock after the death of Greg McEldowney; 

and to our fire department for their dedication to our citizens in need, our highway department ditto, our police department, all our volunteers and board members for your energy and wisdom: you keep Pine Plains running well and happily and make it the wonderful place that it is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Pine Plains, 1.18.19

Dear Pine Plains,

All morning I sat in the supervisor’s office fielding phone calls from the press about the life of Shannon Smith Kent, a native of Pine Plains, a decorated Navy cryptologist stationed in Syria, who died in the attack there. I dearly hope I took some of the chaos off the shoulders of her wonderful family, her mother a friend and fellow writer and teacher, her father head of State Troopers in our region. We are so heartbroken about this loss. But what a life she led. What courage and vitality it took for her to live so far away in such a dangerous place and find the kind of important work that few ever get to do. How much a product of this particular place and her parents she was. The town of Pine Plains will miss her. Flags are flying at half mast in her honor.

This week, we held our Re-Organization meeting for the year as well as our Town Board meeting. Catch the film version. It will keep you on the edge of your seats.

The ice rink is already popular with many skaters. It’s down at the recreation fields opposite the beach. We are closing in on lighting for the area too. If you have any old skates to donate, we are gathering them to distribute to growing kids in an exchange program. We will ask people to use them until they don’t fit anymore then exchange them for the next sizes if we have them, thereby keeping a bank of skates in perpetual loan-out.

We passed the creation of our Solar Law Task Force, and held a workshop meeting with the town board to gather their feelings about solar power in and around Pine Plains.

Look for a public Workshop meeting on a possible nuisance law that would pertain only to the hamlet and off-road vehicles in back yards. The Town Board wants input from townspeople on this.

In the meantime, Lisa Baker was in town on Tuesday for breakfast at the Platter to discuss the Carvel Development. New redesigned plans are expected to arrive about a year from now.

With renewed energy, we will strive to write grants this year for economic development drivers such as a community septic system for our downtown, beach repair, and lake preservation. We dream of affordable housing and town hall re-located to our downtown every day. There is so much to do!

We are expecting 6-12 inches of wet snow this weekend, so tuck in for being unable to get out. As this will be a long weekend for the King holiday, I suggest a visit to the library for a pile of books. (And Peck’s for popcorn!) Speaking of the library, look for some exciting news on our work with the library in conjunction with the Pine Plains Memorial Hall. Think Pine Plains Pop-Up Learning!

And stay upright on those skates, Pine Plains!

Darrah Cloud

Highlights of the August 16 Town Board Meeting

Town Supervisor Cloud passed on some compliments to a number of people this month–Heather Wilson, for her work with the Town of Gallatin, who made a special point of thanking us for her innovative road-building; to Town Bookkeeper Karena Frenzel for work commended by Town Accountant Michael Torchia as a huge improvement over the past, and Jen Chase for a truly successful Summer Camp this year.

The Durst Organization will be back to speak about the Carvel Project on September 17, 2018 at the Community Center. All welcome in Pine Plains and Milan. This will be informational only, no comments taken at this time.

Faculty member Nelson Zayas is the new enrichment coordinator for the schools, and as such requested a small allotment so the kids can paint 2 snow plows from the Highway Garage. So passed!

The TB was introduced to a new recruit for the Police Department, Michael Belliveau. With our approval, Michael will now take the training to become a member of the PPPD. Michael comes with extensive experience as a Sheriff in Albany, with numerous training skills that will be of great value to Pine Plains. A veteran as well, the GI Bill will help him outfit himself, and his presence will help relieve the pressure on the rest of the force without costing the town any more.

We accepted and passed a bid on building the new septic system at the beach. Work will ensue soon. This is a special system designed to be near a lake, so that waste is pumped away from it.

Look for a tag sale on Ag Day along 199 as the Recreation Department raises money for next year.

As always, the meeting is posted here and on Pine Plains Views, and all are welcome to come to the next one on September 20th.

Highlights of the June 21 TB Meeting

POP-UP ARTISAN MARKET: June 30TH 11-5PM at the Old Library on Main Street. Music in the Gazebo and talented craftspeople.

COMP PLAN: We have received a Greenway Grant to review our Comprehensive Plan and update it! We will be convening meetings with all the stakeholders and departments in town to create a brief survey to be sent out to the community. Stay tuned!

DURST: The Durst Corporation will be returning to town September 17th for a meeting with the Town and Planning Boards.

OLD LIBRARY: The Old Library is officially FOR SALE. Pick up a form to make a bid at Town Hall. As this is an RFP, the bids are very specific in their requirements. Invest in Pine Plains and a great old building in a key location downtown.

MORE RESOLUTIONS: We passed our Taser Policy and our extended agreement with American Tower for our cell tower.

SOLAR LAW: If you are interested in being a part of the committee to review and revise a Solar Law for Pine Plains, please write supervisor@pineplains-ny.gov

BOB COUSE TOWN CLEAN-UP DAY: September 8th, 2018 7:30am to 3pm Residents Only! Monitors will be on hand. Tires will be accepted for around $3/per tire, up to pick-up truck size; appliances will be accepted for a $15 fee if they contain Freon; latex paints need to be dried (poured onto kitty litter); no hazardous waste or electronics. Specifics will be posted closer to the date! Get rid of all those tires in your yard!

BEACH: It’s open every day with lifeguards! We continue to work on it, and have the septic field repair out for bids.

GRANT WRITERS: If you’d like to help the town seek money for repairs, dreams,  and improvements, please write or visit Supervisor Cloud!

AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE: We are looking for a Few Good Folks to be on the Committee–they will play an integral role also in our Solar Law. Contact Town Hall.

Enjoy the summer! Bike the Lakes! Hike the mountains! Bring dinner down to the beach and meet your neighbors!

 

Durst Presentation in Milan

The Durst Corporation visited Milan on Saturday June, 2nd and gave an updated presentation on the Carvel Development Project. The meeting was filmed by Stan Hirson and can be found on www.pineplainsviews.com Notable were numerous welcome changes to the presentation from the February version.

Highlights of the 5.17.18 Town Board Meeting!

This month it was announced that Governor Cuomo would allot extra money for roads, and he included 2.6 miles of Route 199 coming into Pine Plains via the help of Legislator Didi Barrett. We are the only town in Dutchess County to receive this extra money.

We began work on a solar law, are tweaking our Taser Law, finished our new Trails Zoning law and put that into the books. We are also confirming an Investment Policy so that we can wisely and safely put our reserves to work more. September 8th will be Bob Couse Town Clean-up Day, so named for the person who suggested it at a meeting. We are working on what we can offer to people for free and for a nominal fee, but Lenny Liberta will be donating the dumpsters and driver. The Town will only have to pay for tipping fees. We are grateful to both men for their help. At the very least. we plan to offer a tire recycler for a small fee (probably around $3/tire) and eyeglass donation boxes provided by the Lions Club.

The Old Library is For Sale by RFP. Anyone interested can contact the Supervisor’s office at 518-398-8600.

Our Town Emergency Plan is being worked on by Rich Prentice, who will be meeting with all the parties involved: schools, Fire Department, Police and Highway, to get their feedback and participation in the cooperative plan.

The Community Garden is underway at Town Hall. Volunteers needed! Sandy Towers is leading the way with assistance from Suzanne Ouellette and Dave Humeston. Come help and reap the benefits of growing good fresh food you can harvest and eat, or give to those who can’t. The group can always be found in the garden on Saturdays!

Supervisor Cloud has applied for a Greenway Grant to review and revise our Comprehensive Plan. If we receive it, townspeople will be invited to participate in numerous forums to think more about the future here and who we are as a Town and what we want to see. Our original document is beautiful and enduring. We will update what has already been accomplished and look at it with an eye towards zoning for economic development.

The Carvel Development Project continues to be addressed via meetings with their liaison, and with potential planners to advise us, and meetings the Dursts are conducting with the Winnakee Land Trust, the Dutchess Land Conservancy and Scenic Hudson.

We are astounded by the wealth of wonderful people who help Pine Plains remain the beautiful place it is without fanfare or reward. We are looking for ways to honor them for their service.

2nd Carvel Development Meeting 3.17.18

The second in a series of open Town Board meetings will be held at the Community Center on 3.17.18 from 10:30-12:30. The Town Board and Planning Board will address comments and questions from citizens in response to the first meeting.

First Durst Meeting held; second on March 17th

The Durst Corporation came to Pine Plains on February 24th to give us a powerpoint on the new proposal for the Carvel Development. Highlights include land conservancy, an affordable housing fund, and the creation of numerous jobs in building and maintenance. Comments by the public are being accepted at supervisor@pineplains-ny.gov and will be included in a report to the Dursts which they will address at the next meeting on March 17th at 10:30am at the Community Center. See more Highlights under Town Supervisor Updates.

First Durst Meeting Highlights

On February 24th, the Durst Corporation came to the Community Center to present their project in an informational town-wide meeting. Highlights of the plan include much more green space and land conservancy than the original plan, a trail system open to the public which would allow us to walk from downtown Pine Plains all the way to Lafayetteville, an Affordable Housing Fund to be administered by the Town Board for in-town housing, and the potential for numerous jobs associated with the building and maintenance of the development. The potential economic impact of the project was suggested, though there remains a discrepancy between this potential and both the forestry tax exemptions (upwards of $6,000,00) they have received, and their proposed use of common space, which may conflict with businesses already established in Pine Plains.  They spoke of being open to hearing about all of these impacts and more. After describing the development to us in a powerpoint, they requested feedback on the following aspects of the proposal:

  1. Layout and design of the project
  2. Size of the project
  3. Variety of housing and lot sizes
  4. Proposed public benefits a) Are all of them useful/up-to-date? b) Are there changes to be considered? c) Do any raise potential difficulties? d) Are there different benefits or amenities which should be considered?

You can read the NND on our website under About Us/Development. Please send your comments to supervisor@pineplains-ny.gov for inclusion in a report to the Dursts which they will address at the next meeting on March 17th at 10:30 am at the Community Center.