Fish and Fur Club seek to renew cottage lease

By Jeanne Tao

At the Nelsonville Village Board meeting on Monday, Oct. 15, business went quickly as usual and without much ado until the end, when resident Chet Warren requested that the village repair a drain system that was affecting his property. The board pointed out that the drain was not village property, but Warren disagreed.

During the meeting, Michael Savastano, president of the Nelsonville Fish and Fur Club, along with Warren, who is vice president, came to ask about the club’s lease of their cottage. The five-year lease through the Open Space Institute expired September this year, so Savastano asked for a renewal. Nelsonville Mayor Tom Corless indicated that it should not be a problem and would speak to Open Space, and Trustee Ande Merante recommended that attorney Robert Lusardi look at the new lease before committing to it.

Merante reported that he is still waiting on a quote from Philipstown Tree Service for tree trimming in the village and will contact them again.

Corless mentioned that he has asked Steve Pidala to work on some potholes on Healy Road as well as the dry hydrant drawing water from Foundry Creek on Peekskill Road, which would be underway weather permitting.

Corless wanted to follow up with Cold Spring Village about the water-main relining project along Route 301, as the temporary service pipes are blocking most of the catch basins, which then easily become blocked with leaves. He suggested putting in wooden wedges to allow better drainage. There was also some discussion about what would happen with the 1-inch temporary lines running from houses to the service mains in case of freezing temperatures. One resident in the audience said some people had received notices to keep faucets running.

Local law would have to be amended to comply with FEMA directives in connection with new flood maps. The board would direct Lusardi to work on changing the law to be in compliance, which would then go through a public hearing.

An audit of payroll and cash disbursements was conducted, concluding that Trisha Junjulas, who works as part-time clerk in the village office, should be on the payroll and offered retirement plan benefits instead of being paid through vouchers as a subcontractor.

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Tao is a freelance journalist and former editor at The Current.