Supervisor’s Report – March 23, 2018

At our March meeting, the Town Board awarded the bid for the construction of a new pavilion at the Town Park.The building will be enclosed with ADA-compliant bathrooms, a kitchen area, multi-purpose room and two outdoor patios.The project has a tight construction schedule; the pavilion is scheduled to open this summer.

The Town Board also approved the road paving schedule for 2018. The following roads will be paved: Bridle Place, Dailey Place, Delehunt Drive, Gilligan Road, Lakeshore Drive, Louis Drive, Michael Road, Patroon Lane, Robert Lane, Spring Avenue and Vermont Avenue. The Town is considering a major paving initiative in 2019 as our current efforts prevent further deterioration of our road inventory but fail to compensate for years of under-funding of paving projects.Residents who know how badly their road needs paving and don’t see it included on this year’s list will share my concern with the overall condition of our streets.

We have issued a Request for Proposals for an update to the Town’s Comprehensive Plan.The last update was done in 2006.This project will include revisions to the Zoning Law and an update to the Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) document that governs the payment of mitigation fees by developers and specifies how those funds should be deployed.There has been a lot of growth since 2006 and much of it has been done without a clear vision of how the Town can grow in an intelligent, environmentally friendly manner.It’s time for the people of East Greenbush to be heard again on what kind of community they want to live in rather than continuing to cast our town’s fate to the whims of developers and other special interests.

The next community meeting on transitioning Hampton Manor residents to Troy water will be held on April 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Genet School.At that meeting we’ll present the plan for installing meters in homes in the Manor and explain the process by which the transition will be completed.Installation of the meters will begin this summer as will replacement of the water lines on five major streets.Residents are encouraged to attend this meeting and share their views with the Town Board and Department of Public Works.

Thanks to our Department of Public Works for the great job they did keeping our roads clear through a difficult winter season.Commissioner Scott Gallerie, Highway Foreman Ricky Williams and the road crews deserve a tremendous amount of credit for their skill and dedication.Thanks again to the people of East Greenbush for affording me the honor of representing them as Town Supervisor.I work hard every day to maintain your trust.