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Supervisor Message – June 27, 2016

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 After six months in office, it’s time to take a look at some of what has been achieved by the new Town Board.

 We implemented a difficult and long overdue sewer rate increase after intensive analysis and a series of public hearings.  We’ve overhauled the planning department with a series of excellent appointments and an emphasis on the use of in-house resources instead of expensive consultants. We created a formal system for tracking and spending Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) fees so that infrastructure issues can be addressed and our parks revitalized.  Efforts to improve the Hampton Manor Park have included a volunteer cleanup, new playground equipment, the return of the gazebo, a new mural and rebuilt chimney for the Lakehouse, and a developing plan for a new walkway.  We’re seeking grants to improve the Town Park and are investigating the possibility of restoring swimming to the pond in the Park.

 We restored the question and answer format to Town Board meetings and added public comment to pre-Board meetings. We’ve established an Honor a Veteran Program. We’ve held several meetings with residents of Hampton Manor concerning the drinking water in the Manor.  Efforts to revitalize Columbia Turnpike include a Rapid Action Plan that will incentivize redevelopment of small businesses, redrafting of the Town’s Building Code and Zoning Ordinance to facilitate a stronger code enforcement program, and working with landowners to improve appearances.  The Weathervane is gone.  We signed a new contract with our Police Officers and hope to do the same soon with our DPW employees and the Bruen Rescue Squad.  We’ve modernized the information technology in Town Hall by replacing our obsolete servers and purchasing new computers.

 What’s next?  We’re preparing for an independent audit of the Town’s finances for 2015.

Our summer camp opens on July 5th and once again it is fully enrolled.  Road paving is scheduled for July 25-27.  In August we’ll pass a new Code of Ethics, one that will further remove politics from the business of our Town government.  We’re researching accounting software for the Town Comptroller and new designs for our website.  There’s much to be done but we’re excited about what has been achieved to date.

 
State of Emergency - Hydor Drive
Please be advised that until further notice, Hydor Drive located in East Greenbush will remain ONE WAY.
A State of Emergency has been declared for Hydor Drive on July 25, 2016 at 4:00 PM so the Town can evaluate the damage and consult with engineers of the best course of action to take to ensure the safety of the residents of the neighborhood and the Town of East Greenbush.  We will share more information as it becomes available.
 
Board of Ethics Meeting
The Board of Ethics will meet on Tuesday July 26th at 7 PM to discuss comments made at the Public Hearing
 
Help Support Our Parks!!

We are asking for letters of support for the Town’s submission of a 2016 NYS Parks and Preservation Grant in the amount of $250,000. Anyone interested can copy and paste the letter below-sign and submit back to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or in person at the clerk’s office in Town Hall. Thank you!

Rose Harvey, Commissioner

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

625 Broadway

Albany, NY 12207

 

Dear Commissioner Harvey,

Please accept this letter in support of the application on behalf of the Town of East Greenbush for the 2016 CFA funding round to support the rehabilitation of the Town Park.

The Town Park is a regionally significant destination consisting of nearly 200 acres located in Southern Rensselaer County. Due to the lack of nearby amenities the Park is designed to serve a much wider community and has documented visitors from as far away as Albany and Schenectady County. The significance of the park is backed by data, and several services offered through the Park have become incredibly popular, including a busy summer camp used by over 200 campers, as well as two pavilions that are fully booked for twenty straight weekends every season.

Outdoor amenities have become increasingly important, and are enjoyed by every member of society. The East Greenbush Town Park continues to fulfill its role in this regard, supported by the resources and staff of the Town, although it has reached a point where crucial updates are necessary. Through a phased master plan, the Town is proposing a $500,000 Phase 1 investment that will include a relocated and modernized playground, an additional pavilion with indoor space, updated rest rooms, improved pedestrian safety and access, dog park relocation, and a splash park. Significant planning and financial resources are dedicated to this effort and the 50% state match is crucial to completing the Phase 1 modernization that addresses both amenity enhancements and basic safety issues.

On behalf of the Town of East Greenbush and residents of the Capital District I encourage you to carefully consider the funding request for this regionally significant park and thank you for your continued efforts to preserve public spaces and parks in communities across the State.

 (SIGN HERE)
**TYPE YOUR NAME HERE** 

 
Water Advisory Update
The Town has received numerous calls from concerned residents regarding a Boil Water Advisory.  We have confirmed with the Water Department Foreman, who has confirmed with the City of Troy, that there currently is NO BOIL WATER ADVISORY at this time.  The post that has been shared this week on Facebook is a 2014 news story, it is not one for this week in 2016.  There was a water main break on Sunday evening, but this did not affect the water supply to the Town or the City of Rensselaer.  In the event that there is a Boil Water Advisory, we do our best to post any such advisory on the website as soon as it is announced. 
 

Upcoming Events

Dates & Times are subject to change
ZBA Schedule    Planning Board Schedule     Town Board Schedule

  • July 26th- 7:00 PM Ethics Board Meeting
  • July 26th - 7:30 PM Zoning Board Meeting
  • July 27th - 7:00 PM Planning Board Meeting-CANCELLED

Assessment Information

The Town of East Greenbush partnered with Digital Towpath to develop an online assessment tool, providing more information and data to residents.
Learn more here.

Summer Camp

2016 Info is Here!!
Weekly themes, NYS DEC Fishery Dept weekly instruction, weekly library trips, Camp Council for older campers, CIT Program, and so much more!  

Check out our page for more info or call 477-4194

Camp Themes and Information 2016 

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Camp Registration 2016
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Rensselaer, NY 12144
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Park Rental

We are now accepting reservations for park pavilion rentals for  the 2016 season.
Please call The Community and Recreation Department for reservations and information.
477-4194
Park Information

Town Land Use Update

The town updated its land use plan in August, 2006. The full report is available here »
Land Use Plan Update 2006.

Town of EG Comprehensive Zoning Law

was Adopted on June 11, 2008  by the East Greenbush Town Board per Local Law #:1 of 2008, and is available for public review by clicking on the following link:

 Visit the Zoning Law Category on the document download page.

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