Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tuesday Night at City Hall: Furgary Boat Club

At Tuesday's meeting, the Common Council passed two resolutions having to do with the Furgary Boat Club, a.k.a. North Dock. The first resolution authorized Ambient Environmental, Inc., a woman-owned business, to complete asbestos and lead-based paint testing on "seventeen dilapidated structures located at property known as the Furgary Boat Club," for an amount not to exceed $4,500. The resolution was passed unanimously.

The second resolution authorized the City of Hudson "to commence to undertake the necessary studies, administrative steps and other matters in order to accomplish the removal of seventeen dilapidated structures without delay." Before the Council voted on the resolution, they agreed to amend it to allow for the preservation of one or two of the shacks. The amended resolution was passed unanimously.

Meanwhile last week, Gossips, as an interested third party, used the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's new Cultural Resources Information System to submit an official request to the State Historic Preservation Office for an eligibility evaluation of the site. The submission was deemed complete and assigned a project number on May 19.


  1. Classic cart before horse: the council limits the number of shacks to be saved the same day the state launches a study of the number of shacks to be saved.

    We're in good hands.

  2. The cart is indeed before the horse. And the language of the resolution to demolish, even with the amendment, reflects the Council's continued problem with the English language--which can be unwittingly hopeful. Undertaking "the necessary studies" to demolish the buildings should produce good data about how to preserve them. And lets keep in mind some of the lessons of the protracted environmental impact discussions over the sewer proposal. Furgary sits quite literally on top of this fragile and protected ecosystem.

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    2. "The little town that could" seemingly can't figure out how to get out of its own way.

    3. If I could only be that succinct!

  3. The (historical) change in ancient Navigational law, unique to American history, came about because when written the king was in England. No sane person would use their own fortune and labor to build a wharf, if when the king did arrive, he could take it back.

    Henceforth the land beneath Navigable water was given to the people, from mean high to mean low.

    Maintenance at North Dock went to minimum when King William of Allen threatened to take the people's land back in the 80's and ended six years ago when King Richard of Gallivan foreclosed.

    The opinion that none of the shacks are of any use comes form people who have never been overboard in October. The opinion that none of the shacks are salvageable comes from people who have never maintained one.

    If only these Kings had stayed in England, kayaks and tin boats would still be flowing to and from the (well maintained) fishing shacks at North dock.

    Who cares about the little people anyway, long live the king!