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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...
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...
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...
Village energy efficiency project nearly done

Village energy efficiency project nearly done

The village’s $1.5 million energy efficiency project should be completed no later than the beginning of April, say village officials. Last month’s letters to 200 customers who hadn’t yet installed water meters, urging them to make an appointment or face loss of service, seem to have done the trick; there are only 70 left to...
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...
Incumbents unopposed in village election

Incumbents unopposed in village election

Feb. 10 was the deadline for petitions for the March 18 election. Four candidates filed, all incumbent members of the New Vision Party. They are (clockwise from top-left): Mayor William Murphy; trustees: Patrick Landewe, Jeannine Mayer, Brian Martin. All seats carry two-year terms.
Village gets tough on water meter holdouts

Village gets tough on water meter holdouts

The village Water Department sent around 200 letters to residents and business owners asking that they make appointments to have new water meters installed or risk having their water service shut off. Of 1,475 total, 1,225 have been installed by the contractor, Vanguard, since November. The village had hoped to have installations complete last week....
Village residents face fines for snowy sidewalks

Village residents face fines for snowy sidewalks

Village property owners with snow-covered sidewalks may be hit with fines this week. Eyal Saad, village code enforcement officer, has been writing down the addresses of homes, businesses and apartments who haven’t yet cleared off their sidewalks. He said he plans to knock on the door of each this week. “I’ll give them a copy...
Editorial: Village must consider consolidation

Editorial: Village must consider consolidation

At the stroke of midnight, Jan. 1, 2011, a 155-year-old Saugerties institution ceased to be. Its dissolution was the subject of years of debate and numerous studies. It finally happened because the Great Recession made its continued existence untenable. There were many who feared its absence would lead to a decrease in service and a...
Village buys two new trucks

Village buys two new trucks

Saugerties village trustees recently approved the purchase of two new vehicles, one each for the water and wastewater departments. Speaking at the trustees’ Jan. 20 meeting, Mike Hopf, superintendent of the water department, said his new vehicle will be outfitted with all the necessary computer equipment to remotely read the new water meters installed in...

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