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Lloyd's events & beautification committee is not afraid of a challenge

Lloyd’s events & beautification committee is not afraid of a challenge

It’s the small attentions to detail that make the difference when it comes to encouraging civic pride and fostering a sense of community, says Kate Jonietz, chair of Lloyd’s events and beautification committee. Hanging flower baskets downtown and improving the gardens in front of the town hall “kind of inspires the local businesses to get...
Mara Kill bridge reopened in Gardiner

Mara Kill bridge reopened in Gardiner

Construction of the new Mara Kill span on Route 44/55 in Gardiner is now complete. That’s good news for Gardiner residents, who had grown weary of having to take the long way around after both lanes of Route 44/55 were closed in early May. Traffic resumed on August 3 with a single lane open during...
Fixed Wallkill bridge wobble won't jeopardize project schedule

Fixed Wallkill bridge wobble won’t jeopardize project schedule

Additional footings have been constructed for the temporary bridge over the Wallkill in New Paltz, but the county executive says the project is still on schedule. Two large cranes unexpectedly reappeared on the west bank of the river last week to reposition the temporary Bailey bridge that will soon be carrying traffic while the current...
Village of New Paltz mulls closing part of Huguenot Street to auto traffic

Village of New Paltz mulls closing part of Huguenot Street to auto traffic

For years now, Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has been advocating traffic restriction measures along the part of that thoroughfare where the oldest and most fragile dwellings of New Paltz’s earliest European settlers once dwelt, citing cumulative damage caused to the structures by vibrations from passing vehicles. Various traffic studies conducted by the town and village...
Approval granted for the Mohonk Preserve Foothills project

Approval granted for the Mohonk Preserve Foothills project

New Paltz Town Planning Board members granted approval to the Mohonk Preserve Foothills project at the July 25 meeting. It was the end of more than two years of review that included a marathon public hearing that, according to Preserve executive director Glenn Hoagland’s count, stretched to 13 sessions, compared to just five for the...
Proposed speed limit reduction on Route 299 in New Paltz will require county DOT study

Proposed speed limit reduction on Route 299 in New Paltz will require county DOT study

Traffic on Route 299 west of New Paltz was on the mind of a citizen activist who spoke up at the July 28 New Paltz Town Board meeting, with a bare quorum of three members in attendance and a light agenda that wrapped up in well under an hour. In the public input portion of...
New Paltz Town Planning Board to decide if a full EIS is required for CVS and Five Guys project

New Paltz Town Planning Board to decide if a full EIS is required for CVS and Five Guys project

New Paltz Town Planning Board Chairman Michael Calimano told his fellow board members last week that at the board’s August meeting they should be prepared to discuss issues of concern about the Trans-Hudson Management application in depth. The goal is to complete part three of the environmental assessment form, so board members will be ready...
Short-term rental discussion raises concerns in New Paltz

Short-term rental discussion raises concerns in New Paltz

It’s been on the New Paltz Village Board agenda for several months, but until the idea of regulating short-term rentals — such as those arranged through the popular Airbnb website — didn’t elicit any public reaction until it was also brought before the town council, suggesting that the bulk of these rental arrangements are outside...
New Paltz Village Planning Board members discuss new Environmental Policy Board

New Paltz Village Planning Board members discuss new Environmental Policy Board

New Paltz Village Planning Board members spent a portion of their July 19 meeting figuring out how to relate to the village’s newly-minted Environmental Policy Board (EPB), the successor to the old Environmental Policy Commission (EPC). The designation of “board” enables its members to provide comment on Planning Board applications, and exactly how to do...
New Paltz voters will decide if highway superintendent's term should be extended

New Paltz voters will decide if highway superintendent’s term should be extended

Ten years after the question was last posed, New Paltz town voters will again have the opportunity to extend the term of office of the highway superintendent from two years to four. The last time such a referendum was proposed, in 2006, the town clerk and supervisor terms were also put on the ballot; only...
Gardiner Town Hall’s Justice Court sports new entryway

Gardiner Town Hall’s Justice Court sports new entryway

Though it seems like just yesterday that a former schoolhouse was renovated and expanded to serve as Gardiner’s Town Hall, maintenance was not made a high priority, and the building soon found itself in need of some improvements. The front steps leading to the main entrance to the Justice Court were crumbling, and water had...
Plains Road residents in New Paltz try, fail to negotiate access terms

Plains Road residents in New Paltz try, fail to negotiate access terms

If you live on Plains Road in New Paltz and received a letter asking you for access to your home for the design and construction of water district 5, sending it back signed but otherwise unaltered was the only acceptable response. The letter, from engineer David Clouser, was sent seeking permission to enter homes —...