Notes from the Cold Spring Village Board

Feb. 6 and 13 meetings

Officer-in-Charge Larry Burke reported that in January, the Cold Spring Police Department responded to 69 calls for service, issued 89 parking tickets, 11 moving violations tickets and made one arrest on a warrant.

Trustees approved spending $700 for a report from SavATree on the condition of the copper beech tree at Butterfield, in the event that the developer, Butterfield Realty, declines to pay that cost. Garrison Tree Inc. had recommended to the developer that the tree be removed. The Planning Board asked that a SavATree provide a second opinion.

A meeting is planned to discuss the status of the residential parking permit project. “There are pros and cons to actually doing it,” Mayor Dave Merandy said. “It seemed like a silver bullet, but it’s a complicated issue.” A date was not set.

Donald McDonald, a past member and chair of the Planning Board, was appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

A public hearing will be held at Village Hall on Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. to consider changes to the guidelines and application process for film and video productions undertaken in the village.

Trustees approved a proposal by the eighth-grade Design, Create and Innovate class at Haldane for students to paint the pedestrian tunnel at the foot of upper Main Street.

Merandy will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cold Spring Film Society regarding the 2018 film series at Dockside Park.

The village is applying for a grant from the Hudson River Valley Heritage Area to assist with 2018 celebrations of Independence Day and the West Point Foundry Bicentennial.

Deputy Mayor Marie Early reported that a solar-powered, motion-activated light has been installed at the pay station at the municipal parking lot on Fair Street. The station no longer accepts cash. Payment can be made by credit-debit card or by smart phone via the Whoosh app.

The Historic District Review Board will hold two public hearings on Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. at the Village Hall. One concerns application for demolition of a mixed-use building at 126 Main St., formerly Carolyn’s Flowers, and construction of a mixed-use building of about the same size. Work is also proposed for the parking lot.  The other will consider application for demolition of a cottage-house and construction of a similar-sized cottage-house at 35 Market St.

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