The Hudson Planning Board meets this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The agenda for the meeting is not yet available, but it is not certain if the proposed Colarusso haul road will be on it. Hudson and Greenport are doing a coordinated review of the project, and right now the ball seems to be in Greenport's court. Next Tuesday, April 18, the Greenport Planning Board, which is the lead agency in the SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review) process, is holding a public hearing on the proposed project, which they are calling a "Special Informational Meeting." That event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Theater in the Arts Center at Columbia-Greene Community College.
One thing is likely to happen at the Planning Board meeting on Thursday that relates to the haul road. The new engineer retained to consult with the Planning Board on the haul road project will be there. It will be recalled that Ray Jurkowski, who had been the engineer consulting with the Planning Board on this project, was forced to resign when the Greenport Planning Board demanded that he choose between Greenport and Hudson and he chose Greenport. Today, Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton confirmed that the City of Hudson has engaged Barton & Loguidice to consult with the Planning Board on the haul road. Barton & Loguidice is a huge engineering firm, with twelve offices throughout New York as well as one in Pennsylvania and one in Maryland, and lots of engineers, so it's not known exactly who will be advising the Planning Board, but we will find out on Thursday.
If the name Barton & Loguidice seems familiar to Gossips readers, it is because in 2014 they submitted a proposal to do the feasibility study for the Dunn warehouse, earlier this year they submitted an expression of interest in rebuilding the Ferry Street Bridge, and in 2014 some representatives of the firm made a presentation to the Economic Development Committee that taxed the patience of then chair of the committee Don Moore, because it went on three times longer than it was supposed to and did not provide the information the committee was expecting.
Update: Planning Board chair, Tom DePietro just informed Gossips that the new engineer is David Clouser, from the New Paltz office of Barton & Loguidice.
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