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Saugerties sides with city of Kingston on sales tax issue

Saugerties sides with city of Kingston on sales tax issue

Saugerties Town Council members unanimously passed a Memorializing Resolution at their March 2 meeting to add their support to the growing roster of municipalities who stand with the City of Kingston in a call to County Executive Michael Hein to extend the 2011 Sales Tax Sharing Agreement between the County of Ulster and the City...
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 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...
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...
‘Team Saugerties’ rides again

‘Team Saugerties’ rides again

Town Democratic Party Chairman Lanny Walter called it a “perfect storm,” but if that phrase conjures images of destruction and strife, you’ve got the wrong idea. The town Democratic nominating caucus Tuesday night, July 28, at the Senior Center was a perfect storm of cooperation, mutual support and smiling satisfaction. There were no surprises. No...
Saugerties votes ‘no confidence’ on oil pipeline

Saugerties votes ‘no confidence’ on oil pipeline

In what looked like a final kiss-off to the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, the Town Board passed a “no confidence” resolution at last week’s monthly board meeting. The 178-mile project would run two underground lines between Linden, New Jersey and Albany. One line would carry Bakken shale oil south while the second line would carry processed...
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...
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”...
Village trustee speaks out against town/village merger

Village trustee speaks out against town/village merger

If village of Saugerties trustee Don Hackett gets his way, there will be no merging of the village Department of Public Works and the town Highway Department. In response to concerns about merger talk expressed by village resident Bill Schirmer (uncle of the town councilman of that name), Hackett had this to say: “The only...