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Dear Pine Plains 5.10.19

Dear Pine Plains,

It’s raining, again, as I write this. It makes the colors of spring all that much more vibrant. Right? I never mind walking in the rain, but…

This past week, the Comprehensive Plan Review committee (or CPR as I like to refer to it) met again to work on our survey questions, which should be ready to go out very soon. They will be available in a Survey Monkey online or at the Library, and the sooner you can fill them out and return them, the sooner we have town input to work with. Stay tuned for that! Remember: the Comprehensive Plan is a visionary document. It identifies the town and hence what we can do to bring about a future which protects that identity. It is not zoning, but it affects what we can do about zoning. We meet generally at noon on Tuesdays for now. Anyone can attend and watch.

The Solar Law Committee also met. We are very close to some fine recommendations for drafting our Solar Law. These laws address solar panels and arrays via a 3 Tier approach. Tier 1 is for personal solar panels on rooftops in town; Tier 2 is for ground-mounted solar on farms and outside the hamlet; and Tier 3 is for large parcels of land. Our task is to protect neighbors, homeowners and the landscape and to promote the usage of solar power at the same time!

Tonight is the art show put on by Chanorth, which is an artist’s retreat located at the old Spruce Farm house on 199 just west of the hamlet. At 7pm, you can see their work displayed with a discussion at the Community Center. The Chanorth Art Center brings artists to town for periods of time to work on their own projects. I am dreaming of some kind of collaboration with artists to bring art into the hamlet. Anyone with ideas please contact me.

There is now yoga at the Community Center on Saturday mornings at 8:30am as well as on Monday nights. I have been going for awhile and can now touch my toes. A triumph! Thank you, Nichole Martini and Jordan Schmidt, instructors.

Coming up next week: on the 13th, the last home game for the girls basketball team will be played at the high school at 4:30. Go and lend your support. At 7:00 Wednesday the 15th at the Community Center, Abby Nathanson will be giving a report from the Border with Mexico, where she has traveled and assisted with the crisis there. This should be fascinating and informative.

Town Board Meeting is next week too, Thursday night at 7pm. On the docket: Martin Handler, School Superintendent, to explain the budget proposal and answer pertinent questions; and visitors from Habitat for Humanity to discuss affordable housing.

SAVE 2 DATES: JUNE 5TH 5:30-7:30 AFFORDABLE HOUSING SUMMIT at the Community Center and JUNE 17TH COMPREHENSIVE PLAN PUBLIC MEETING at the Community Center.

Stay informed, Pine Plains!

Darrah Cloud

 

Dear Pine Plains 12.6.18

Dear Pine Plains,

One of the privileges of the job of Town Supervisor is that I am a member of the Dutchess County Supervisors and Mayors Association and attend a dinner once a month with 21 other folks dedicated to community service. This is an incredible bunch of people, working full-time for half- or third-time pay who have devoted their lives to their towns. (This is usually in addition to other full-time jobs!) We share experiences and advice freely and we all help and learn from each other. There is nothing partisan about this group. This past Tuesday, we met in Rhinebeck and went around the table talking about our challenges and our successes this year. Some of the challenges to towns in DC are staggering: brown field cleanup (with no funds to do it), aging sewer systems that are spilling waste, broken water systems, the opioid crisis, a “green fly” lake that must be cleaned up, speed limit-lowering arguments with the state, more arguments with the Board of Health, poorly maintained highway garages that need replacement, flooding… the list seemed overwhelming. Yet at the end everyone agreed with Supervisor Linda French of Dover, who said: “I love my job. I feel so lucky to wake up in the morning and set aside my own problems in order to do something that really counts and help my town.”

This week, Secretary Lori Patricola and I prepared and hosted a Holiday Feast for our seniors at the Community Center. Attendance was at an all-time high and much fun was had by all. Ham, twice-baked potatoes and homemade cheesecake! Join the Adventurers Club and be a part of this.

Which reminds me—Town Board member Sarah Jones hosts a Craft Day the first Tuesday of every month at the Community Center. 12-3pm Come work on knitting, rug hooking, whatever you do, with experts who will help and teach you.

The Town Board is holding a Workshop Meeting on the 10th at 7pm to discuss LED lighting and the addition of light to a section of Church Street between Poplar and Pioneer Drive.

On the 13th, the second meeting of the Solar Law Committee will be at 5:30pm at Town Hall.

The new town signs which Anthony Silvia made for the town at cost are receiving glowing accolades. We are very grateful. They are truly works of art. It is this kind of dedication to the town that exemplifies Pine Plains.

If you’d like to be a part of the future here, why not get on a committee? Please send your letters of interest to supervisor@pineplains-ny.gov Rather than list all the possible committees to be on, write to us of your talents and interest and we will discuss the best fit for you.

If you need a place to just sit a while and listen to holiday music played by your neighbors, get down to the Pine Plains Presbyterian Church Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 15 at 4pm. Featured artists include Patrons of Harmony, Strings Attached, Jim Petrie, Dorothy Whitaker, Gerard Lisella, Pine Plains’ newly elected assessor, Lynda Wisdo, Stissing Mt Junior High School Instrumentalists, Stissing Mt Senior High School Brass Quintet, and Organist Ryan Orton. Following the concert, all are invited to stay for light refreshments. 

Sing out, Pine Plains!