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Water meter holdouts keep water, get fee

Water meter holdouts keep water, get fee

With about 90 water meters left to install in village homes and businesses, trustees at their April 20 meeting agreed to a $25 quarterly charge for those who have not set up appointments to have the new meters installed. Mayor William Murphy and Water Department Superintendent Mike Hopf previously said customers who didn’t get new...
Saugerties village DPW sup Bob Ciarlante to retire

Saugerties village DPW sup Bob Ciarlante to retire

After 17 years as the superintendent of the Village of Saugerties Department of Public Works, there isn’t a road, street, lane, circle, pothole or storm drain in all the village Robert Ciarlante doesn’t know. And now, after those 17 years, on June 1 he will be calling it a career. “At 69, I think it’s...
Village gears up for playground fundraising effort

Village gears up for playground fundraising effort

“It looks like we’re going to have to do more fundraising,” said George Terpening, village parks, buildings and grounds superintendent. The subject was the replacement of much of the equipment at village playgrounds, which has been deemed unsafe by the village’s insurance company. The town is facing the same issue with its Small World playground...
Saugerties mayor wants to go solar

Saugerties mayor wants to go solar

Mayor William Murphy and trustees Patrick Landewe and Jeannine Mayer were administered the oath of office at the village’s April 6 meeting. Trustee Brian Martin, who was also re-elected, was not at the meeting. In a short comment made after taking the oath of office, Murphy said his main goal for this year is to...
Town says beloved playground must be replaced

Town says beloved playground must be replaced

The town must balance safety with community interests as it faces the prospect of tearing down the Small World playground next to Kiwanis Ice Arena for safety reasons. The issue was the subject of much discussion at the April 1 Town Board meeting “We wanted to build this playground based on what the children wanted,”...
No-bid wood chipper targets invasive beetle

No-bid wood chipper targets invasive beetle

The town’s highway superintendent hopes a bigger, better wood chipper will help eradicate the devastating force of the Emerald Ash Borer. The board unanimously approved the purchase of a 2014 Morbark 15R wood chipper from A. Montano Company Inc. of Saugerties at a cost of $47,068. The price includes a $4,000 trade-in allowance for a...
Saugerties village goes after back taxes

Saugerties village goes after back taxes

If a property owner fails to pay town taxes, the county compensates the town and goes after the back taxes. Not so with villages. For some time now, the village of Saugerties has lobbied for the county to extend this practice to the county’s three villages (Saugerties, Ellenville, New Paltz), but to no avail. County...
New park-and-ride coming to Rt. 32

New park-and-ride coming to Rt. 32

Town Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel announced the completion of planning and preparations for a new park-and-ride across from the New York State Thruway southbound exit on Route 32. “This has been a great project for involving several levels of government — the state DOT, Ulster County Planning and Rural Transportation, and the Town of Saugerties —...
Saugerties to hold public meeting on Pilgrim Pipeline

Saugerties to hold public meeting on Pilgrim Pipeline

Town leaders hope a public information session will answer lingering questions about a pipeline proposed to run through Saugerties along the Thruway right-of-way. “Pilgrim Pipeline is a topic on everyone’s mind the last nine months to a year,” Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel said. “There have been requests from many townspeople that we do a resolution against...
Town wows think tank with website improvement pledge

Town wows think tank with website improvement pledge

Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel said the town and village website will have more information soon to address an “F” grade issued by the Empire Center for Public Policy, the Albany-based think tank which took the town to task for not including information on budgets and FOIL requests, among other things. Helsmoortel described problems as “minor issues”...
Modest increase in village budget

Modest increase in village budget

The draft 2015-16 village budget calls for $21,000 in additional spending and would raise the tax rate by four cents per $1,000. The budget, introduced at the March 16 Village Board meeting, includes $2,286,029 in spending from the general fund. The tax rate would increase from $6.32 to $6.36 per $1,000 assessed value. A public...
Turnout 2 percent for uncontested Saugerties village election

Turnout 2 percent for uncontested Saugerties village election

When only 49 of a registered 2,188 voters come out to cast a ballot, the results are usually a foregone conclusion. This is especially true when no one challenges the incumbents. So it was with this year’s mayoral and trustees election in the village of Saugerties, held Wednesday, March 18. The only real suspense was whether...

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