Government
Len Bouren joins Saugerties Planning Board

Len Bouren joins Saugerties Planning Board

Newly appointed member Len Bouren attended his first board meeting of the town planning board last week. He is taking over for Dan Weeks, whose term expired this year. Bouren is retired from the New York Department of Conservation, where he worked in construction and maintenance for 36 years before retiring. He was based in...
Four-year term for Saugerties road boss will go to referendum

Four-year term for Saugerties road boss will go to referendum

Saugerties’ town board moved to extend the term of highway superintendent Douglas Myer from two to four years after a public hearing January 20. The resolution will appear on November’s election ballot. Myer, who ran unopposed in the 2015 election, has served in this position since 2012. In the town board meeting that followed, the...
Saugerties village won't have to use voting machines

Saugerties village won’t have to use voting machines

Ulster County has given Saugerties village officials the go-ahead to use paper ballots in the upcoming village elections. The election is slated for March 15, from noon until 9 p.m. at the village hall, 43 Partition Street. Trustees were concerned about the possible cost now that the state has said lever voting machines can no...
Saugerties village and town to help each other out with plowing, paving

Saugerties village and town to help each other out with plowing, paving

Village of Saugerties trustees will pay the town of Saugerties $15,000 annually for the next four years as part of a shared services agreement. “This is a good faith agreement that will save the village money on a number of projects such as snow plowing and street paving,” said Mayor Bill Murphy at the Dec....
Saugerties unveils $17.7 million town budget

Saugerties unveils $17.7 million town budget

The town of Saugerties will hold a budget hearing Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center. The proposed 2016 budget totals $17,729,430, an increase in spending of $188,325 or 1.1 percent. The amount to be raised by taxes would be $13,116,750, an increase of $243,505 or 1.9 percent. Those numbers include town-wide...
Saugerties wants truck companies to pay for busted curbs

Saugerties wants truck companies to pay for busted curbs

Heavy trucks have once again damaged some sidewalks and curbing, and this time the village wants police to go after the drivers. Alex Wade, who is in charge of special projects for the village, reported to trustees at their Nov. 2 meeting that trucks had damaged the curbing and sidewalk in front of the Inquiring...
Saugerties village considers using psychology to slow down speeders

Saugerties village considers using psychology to slow down speeders

The Village Board continued its discussion on how to slow down speeding motorists on Washington Ave. at its Nov. 2 meeting. Village Trustee Jeannine Mayer said county officials suggested painting a stripe down the center of the road and adding crosswalks. The stripe would narrow the lanes and “psychologically this would slow people down.” The...
Saugerties village gets new firetruck

Saugerties village gets new firetruck

The village of Saugerties’ C.A. Lynch Hose Company took possession of a brand new pumper truck last week. The 2015 Pierce attack pumper takes the place of an aging 28-year-old truck. An attack pumper is the first truck on the scene; the one that carries the hoses, a number of ladders and its own water...
Saugerties considers anti-SAFE Act resolution

Saugerties considers anti-SAFE Act resolution

A resolution favoring repeal of the state’s gun control SAFE Act was on the verge of being approved by the Town Board last week until board members and the town attorney took a closer look at its language. The resolution’s up-and-down progress involved jockeying over a document that everyone agreed would have no legislative impact...
Village slaps stop-work order on Clovelea

Village slaps stop-work order on Clovelea

Is the Dragon Inn / Clovelea cursed? Perhaps it’s the waning, blustery days of early October, but the latest round of news suggests there is something ill-fated about this grand old decrepit Victorian mansion on 9W near the S-curve— which, come to think of it, certainly looks the part of a haunted house. Ever since it...
Montgomery St. residents complain of speeding

Montgomery St. residents complain of speeding

Montgomery St. residents are fed up with motorists speeding on their street and want the village to do something about it. David Zimmerman gave trustees a petition with 26 signatures at the board’s Sept. 23 meeting asking them to do something about the speeders. Montgomery is a popular shortcut for motorists looking to avoid the...
Letter: Saugerties supervisor election far from over

Letter: Saugerties supervisor election far from over

It appears from the Aug. 13 piece by Klaus Gaebel that reports of my election defeat have been greatly exaggerated. I would like to clarify a few details for your readers upon which they may have been misled. First, the election has not taken place. Mr. Gaebel’s claim that my opponent, Greg Helsmoortel, has assured his...