On January 21, 2023, the Pine Plains, NY, Planning Board held a public hearing for the community on a proposal for a large solar panel project to be constructed in the township. While an official Zoom video will be on the Planning Board’s YouTube channel, I documented it as a private citizen because I felt it was important to share the experience from the point of view of a community member sitting in the audience. You can watch the full meeting, unedited, here.
The unedited public comments on the second hearing of March 11, 2023 are below.
The Pine Plains community met to hear their candidates for town board, supervisor, and county delegate. The meeting was hosted by the Pine Plains Free Library and was moderated by the League of Woman Voters.
This is a video recording of the event as it took place. The candidates’ presentations were not edited. There is a very short gap between the candidates for supervisor and county delegate due to a battery change. No significant content was missed.
Although I stopped (not retired) filming public meetings on a regular basis, I left the door open for filming meetings of special interest or importance. This meeting met both criteria!
Note: at one point, a little at around 33 minutes, the the camera. bobbles and shakes. No earthquake hit Pine Plains. The camera was handed off to the person (Sarah) sitting beside me so I could speak and be recorded for my own record if nothing else.
By the way, this was the first time I have seen the projection screen in the high school’s new auditorium. Sight and sound were perfect!
This was the first sheltering-in meeting, right after the NY Governor mandated that no more than 10 people could assemble at one place at one time. Small towns, along with the rest of the economy, had to be resourceful. Supervisor Darrah Cloud chose to use Facebook Live to record the meeting. It is in 2 parts separated by an executive session.
Speaking of separation, notice the seating arrangements of the town board members!
A video archive of Pine Plains Town Board, Planning Board, and other public meetings since 2012, consisting of about 170 videos.
Unlike those of most other municipalities, these videos were neither authorized nor paid for by the Town of Pine Plains. They have been filmed and posted by Pine Plains Views as a service to the community. As of June, 2019, I am no longer filming meetings on a regular basis and will document only those that are of particular interest to me as I am permitted to do as a citizen under the NYS Open Meetings Law.
Contrary to some rumors that I have retired, I gave notice that I was going to stop filming videos of the meetings on a regular basis. Anyone who has paid any attention at all to the Pine Plains Views website or its Facebook page would notice that actually I have been quite busy behind the camera.
I decided that this public hearing for the community to comment on the Comprehensive Plan was important enough for me to film and so I did and am posting it below.