Tag: Pine Plains Business

Dear Pine Plains 3.1.19

Dear Pine Plains,

 

Tomorrow is the All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for our own Bill “Homer” Hall, who is handling a serious illness. It’s at the Firehouse at 7 Lake Road from 5-8pm Adults are $15 and Kids under 10 are $5, and if you can’t be there, they will accept checks written to the Pine Plains Hose Company with FOR BILL HALL written in the memo. You can mail those in too, to PO Box 668, Pine Plains, NY 12567. Bill and his wife Rhea are terrific people and need our help.

 

This past week, I met with Dutchess Tourism, who asked me to bring together a passle of businesspeople for a meeting with them. We met at Brett and Josh’s Gallery and Goods, in the old Grange… I wanted to impress them with the beauty of that place as well as the energy and enthusiasm of Pine Plains’ businessfolk, and frankly, we succeeded handily. With lots of new ideas coming from this meeting, we at Town Hall will be adding some things to our website for visitors. Maps to our great trails and bike routes, a driving map for a Beverage Route, a Farm Store Route, etc. Ideas always welcome. One takeaway from this meeting was the fact that, if we are to attract visitors to Pine Plains, businesses have to step up their social media engagement as well as their capacity to deal with tourists. Working farms are a huge attraction in Dutchess County, but how many farmers can actually drop everything and give tours? If we can get together on this, perhaps we can come up with a solution. After all, We Are Pine Plains. That’s what we do.

 

Marti Steed has graciously offered to help us sell the Old Library building for no commission. This week, she showed the building 3 times, so interest is growing. Fingers crossed that we attract a new business and new folks who love who and what we are.

 

We also met with Hudson River Housing to begin talking about building affordable housing in Pine Plains. This is an awesome not-for-profit which also offers workshops on home maintenance, on buying homes, and on being landlords. Rental space is dear in Pine Plains, and the landlord class might inspire more people to rent to others, so look for them to come in the near future to hold these classes.

 

Central Hudson put up our LED lighting in record time! The workers were so excited by the project that they got it done in 4 days. (I think they just liked eating at our restaurants!) This will result in big savings for the town and people report liking the more focused light. The stars are still visible in Pine Plains.

 

And finally, we are hiring a planner! BFJ Planning will be helping us with our Comprehensive Plan Review in the coming months. You can look them up online at www.bfjplanning.com The Town Board is very excited.

 

The ice has been too soft to skate on, and the sidewalks too icy to walk on!

 

Stay upright, Pine Plains!

 

Darrah Cloud

New Town Signs Made by Anthony Silvia

The new signs you see around town were hand-made by Anthony Silvia.  He made these at cost, in honor of the town and its people. We are so grateful to be represented by such beautiful work.

Town Receives Greenway Grant

Supervisor Cloud received a $7,200 Greenway Grant for a Comprehensive Plan Review for the town. This will allow us to conduct a number of meetings with townspeople to review the old plan and come up with ideas for revising and updating it. Zoning revision for economic development is a by-product of this work. Watch for information on how to participate!

Molinaro Comes to Pine Plains

Tuesday morning, County Executive Marcus Molinaro came to town to tour the new Titan Barrel operation on Route 82 with Ron Hicks, whose brainchild, ThinkDutchess! is a program created to connect and support new business and tourism sites all around Dutchess County. Mary Kay Vrbo, chair of Dutchess Tourism, arrived at the same time, alongside Eoin Wrafter, County Planner, and our own County Legislator, Gregg Pulver. We all converged in the falling snow as owner Chris Kay, who grew up in Millerton, gave us a tour of the facility which builds oak barrels for wine and liquor-making. It was wonderful seeing how the barrels are made, using scrap oak from flooring makers which would otherwise be chipped for mulch and wasted. This is an exciting business just in the beginning stages of operation, and it was thrilling to welcome our government officials to town.