Highlights from the June 5 and 12 meetings
By Michael Turton
At its June 12 meeting, the Cold Spring Village Board was told the Recreation Commission is investigating the feasibility of purchasing a 48-inch-wide sweeper/thatcher to remove goose droppings at Mayor’s Park. Trustee Lynn Miller reported that members of the summer teen program at the Butterfield Library have offered to research and build coyote and swan decoys. Trustee Fran Murphy added that she is researching Away-with-Geese, a company that installs solar-powered strobe lights. Murphy said references have provided “fairly positive” feedback. The three-light system would cost less than $2,000 and includes a money-back guarantee.
Trustees authorized Mayor Dave Merandy to sign a renewal of the agreement between Cold Spring and Philipstown to share a building inspector.
Cold Spring Police Department Officer-in-Charge Larry Burke reported that officers responded in May to 57 calls and issued 58 parking tickets and 22 traffic tickets, including 12 for speeding. Three arrests were made; one in response to a bench warrant and two under New York State’s Mental Hygiene Law which requires arrestees to receive psychological exams.
The Zoning Board of Approvals is considering recommending a change in the Village Code which would require signs to be posted on properties subject to a public hearing to make the process more transparent and to “reduce friction between applicants and neighbors.”
The Code Update Committee has completed draft documents to evaluate adopting a ridgeline protection overlay district and for outdoor lighting standards.
Greg Phillips, the superintendent of water and wastewater, reported that work on the Market Street pumping station is “substantially complete.” He also indicated that as a result of recent rainfall, village reservoirs are at 100 percent capacity.
Trustees authorized Merandy to sign a letter in support of an application by the Trails Committee of the Philipstown Community Congress to receive a grant to complete a feasibility study on potential locations for bicycle trails in Philipstown.
From the June 5 meeting
Merandy provided an update on the Independence Day celebrations to be held on June 30. The West Point Hellcats and the Hudson Highlands Pipe Band will march in the 4 p.m. Main Street parade, which will also include floats from Glynwood Farm and local Girl Scouts. The annual bike decorating contest will take place at the bandstand after the parade. A pie-baking contest has been added to this year’s festivities. At 5:30 p.m., the Breakneck Ridge Review will kick off live music at Dockside Park followed by the Chris O’Leary Band. Fireworks on the riverfront, sponsored by The Old VFW, will begin at about 9 p.m.
The Village Audit Committee will examine the Cold Spring Justice Court’s records and docket for the year beginning June 15, 2017.
Trustees approved a request by the police department to advertise an opening for a part-time officer.
The board discussed the possibility of employing a Putnam County Sheriff’s cadet to enforce parking on Main Street on weekends this summer at $15 per hour.
A study of Cold Spring’s watershed is being undertaken, in part to assist with water-related grant applications. The study will include recommendations regarding alternative sources for the village beyond the existing reservoir system, including the use of wells.
The board granted a permit to Lee Cone to operate a hot dog cart on Fair Street at the north end of Mayor’s Park.