It’s budget time!
The discussion was about the Library and the forthcoming referendum. After a brief opening the Board went into executive session and on its return engaged in a lively session with some members of the community about the right of the Odd Fellows to to remain in a private space on the second floor. See for yourself!
Still the Library situation! The wording of the referendum was presented for discussion. George Whalen, of Stissing National Bank, was there to answer some questions, but not much could be decided as he had not heard from the Odd Fellows about the disposition of their private space. My understanding, and I wish I could offer a better one, is that a municipality cannot purchase a property that is encumbered with space allocated to a private organization.
Well, watch for yourself and see if you can understand it any better!
While you are here, why not see some more videos of Pine Plains? Take a virtual tour of Pine Plains.
A special Town Board meeting was held on a Thursday morning to discuss the upcoming referendum about the town’s purchase of the library building. While the meeting was public, only a handful of community members showed up and the Board soon went into executive session. There was a brief discussion when they returned.
This video captures an application for a simple property subdivision, a lot line adjustment, and permission to post a sign. While it’s not a “how to” it does show the process of how common requests are considered.
The community was introduced to proposals to be presented in a forth-coming referendum about the purchase and use of the building now housing the PP Library and community center.
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In addition to the usual, but routine, business, there were some new guest presentations. State Senator Terry Gipson, talked about issues in the NY State Senate and asked for input on local concerns. There was also a presentation on the impact of severe flooding, read by a representative from the Cornell Cooperative Extension.
The Library issue will be discussed — and covered on this site — on August 20.
On a hot steamy night heads were kept cool and many decisions got made. We also met the new Officer in Charge, Officer Kilmer, who offered a new child-seat inspection and instruction service for parents. A promising introduction!
Highway Superintendent Barry Hays discussed on a major problem the town is having with some beaver dams that keep on being rebuilt in the middle of the night.
Two lot-line adjustment decisions, but this is what it would look and sound like if you were seated in the community section.
This was a long and busy meeting, but if you want to see how our community government works, this is the place to go! Check it out for yourself.