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Supervisor Statement 11.21.2019

Supervisor’s Statement 11.21.2019

This has been a month of finalizing projects. The 2020 Budget, the Comprehensive Plan Update 2019. We are near the end of our work on the Solar Law and I completed my training on affordable housing with Pace University Law Center two weeks ago. Sarah and I have continued meeting with the Tri-town Affordable Housing Coalition in an effort to figure out what kind of affordable housing project might work best for Pine Plains and we are also working in conjunction with Copake, Ancram, and Millerton on some kind of partnership perhaps between the 4 towns for infill housing.
Other than that, Thanksgiving approaches and I’d like to thank all our wonderful volunteers for their work on behalf of the town this past year. This month, that includes in particular, everyone on the Recreation Committee, all those working on the Beautification Committee headed by Vicki Sorocco, which is making great progress on a design for the corner park; Sandy Towers, Lenora Champagne, Suzanne Ouellette for their work on the Community Garden which has really taken off, and supplies food to both the Food Locker and Willow Roots, a not-for-profit formed by Nelson and Lisa Zayas to help feed people on a weekly basis. Dyan Wapnick and Lenora Champagne were largely responsible for putting together this year’s Cemetery Tours in late October and I’d like to thank them for a fabulous experience getting to know more about the history of the town, which a lot of people came to and really enjoyed. Finally, I want to thank Matt Finley for his work on the Board of Assessment Review. Matt has been a part of this committee for 15 years and has done an outstanding job for the town. He’s been on many other committees as well, and his commitment to Pine Plains has been beyond the call of duty and is much appreciated.

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Dear Pine Plains 12.28.18

Dear Pine Plains,

At our last Town Board meeting, we spoke about numerous concerns which the town is facing. We will be putting together our Solar Law very soon, and will have a Workshop Meeting to discuss our goals on January 14th at 7pm. This is open to everybody.

We will soon be inviting the Council on Addiction Prevention & Education counselor CaraMia Bachiocchi to town to meet those who are struggling with addiction. At the moment, all we have to do is to decide on a good location where people feel safe to talk with her. If you want to try to understand better what parents and addicts are dealing with alike, try to see the movie Ben Is Back. Maybe not the greatest movie in the world, but very accurate to the experience.

LED lighting was approved by the Town Board on December 10th. Look for Central Hudson to be out replacing bulbs. This will save the town a significant amount of money each year in electricity costs (approx.. $6000/yr) and pay for itself in 3 years.

The Re-organization Meeting will take place right before the next Town Board Meeting on January 17th, 2019.

As the New Year approaches, we thought you’d like to know about ways you can contribute to Our Town and Beyond which don’t require anything from you but time. Here we go:

1)         Volunteer to drive the van for the Northeast Community Center out of Millerton serving our area—they take people to doctor’s appointments, shopping, anywhere they need to go when they can’t drive themselves.

2)         Get on a committee for the town—or form one! See something you’d like to have happen? How about preserving our history here, and helping to maintain the old scale, finding a place to display our 1897 LaFrance Fire Truck, keeping the Graham-Brush house up, getting involved in creating this walking museum of wonderful places? How about a marketing committee? Get the word out about Pine Plains in a way that attracts people to the things we want to preserve the most?

3)         Find out what they are doing to help people at your local church. The Food Bank runs out of the Methodist Church, for example…

4)         Volunteer to coach a team for our Recreation Department.

5)         Volunteer to help with the Community Garden, which is located down at Town Hall.

6)         Volunteer at the Library, join the historical society, help FOSL maintain their projects…

7)         Help write grants—if you’re good with engineering and creating specs, good with IT, good with writing, the only way small towns can achieve big things is with grant money!

8)         Volunteer next year for Town Clean-up Day: we will need people with trucks to pick up large items for folks who can’t bring them in themselves.

9)         Attend Town Board Meetings and voice your opinion. We film all the meetings but there’s nothing like being there in person.

Things like this are an enormous help to the community and gratefully appreciated. You don’t have to be rich in Pine Plains to be essential, welcome, and necessary to our economic development and to our hearts. And it’s a great way to meet new people.

Let’s work together, Pine Plains!