Supervisor’s Report – July 12, 2017

I apologize for not having issued a report in a while. I can use the proverbial “we’ve been swamped here at Town Hall’ disclaimer but since that’s always the case, it’s also never an excuse. The 2017 paving program is well underway and there’s good news from the State and County. The State intends to pave parts of Route 151 and Third Avenue Extension, while the County will focus its efforts on Hays Road and Sherwood Avenue. We have done an inventory of paving needs in the Town, and although the list is extensive, we have made some headway this year and continue to search for revenue streams that will allow us to do even more next year.

On Friday (7/14) we’re holding the kick-off meeting with the folks from Delaware Engineering for the Hampton Manor Water Study. They will analyze the engineering needs of the collection and distribution system and prepare a comparison of costs to either maintain the current system with improvements or begin the transition to Troy water. When the study is completed (likely at the end of summer) we’ll do a mailing to the residents of Hampton Manor and invite everyone to a meeting where the results of the study will be presented. This will lay the basis for the Town Board to consult Manor residents before making a decision on which course will be pursued.

Construction has begun on Regeneron’s new warehouse on Mill Creek off Tempel Lane. We are also looking forward to the new building to be constructed by Fuccillo Ford on Columbia Turnpike next to their existing structure, which will be removed when the new one is completed. The design is state-of-the-art and the new building will brighten up Columbia Turnpike. The Nigro Companies and Price Chopper are also busy on 9&20 with renovations to Columbia Plaza and the transition from Price Chopper to Market 32.

We continue to sponsor our Honor a Veteran program; our July honoree is Russell George Roehr, a retired veteran of the United States Army. Mr. Roehr enlisted on October 20, 1953 and achieved the rank of Pvt. 1st Class. The program is the brainchild of our Town Historian Bobbie Reno. Bobbie’s research on East Greenbush native Edmonia Lewis resulted in a resolution passed by the Rensselaer County at their July 11, 2017 meeting declaring July to be Edmonia Lewis month in Rensselaer County. Great work Bobbie!