Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ear to the Ground

Gossips has received word that the Columbia County Planning Board is meeting today at 6:30 p.m. at 401 State Street, and the Colarusso haul road is on the agenda. At the end of the last Greenport Planning Board meeting, at which the members of the Greenport Planning Board voted unanimously to make a negative declaration in the SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review) process, they also moved to send the proposal to the Columbia County Planning Board for its recommendation. This is required when a proposed project impacts more than one municipality.  

Tonight's meeting is a regular meeting of the Columbia County Planning Board (CCPB), which meets every third Tuesday. Minutes from a meeting that took place on June 20, 2017, the most recent minutes available online, list the current members of the board.

Hudson is now represented on the CCPB by Robert Rasner, antiques dealer and B&B proprietor, a change from last year at this time when the only member of the CCPB from Hudson, aside from staff member Patrice Perry, was Art Koweek, who famously said of the waterfront back in 1984 (and was quoted in Hudson Valley magazine), "It's an industrial area. Let them go out of town to get access to the river. . . . It's not a recreational river. It's to move raw materials."

Gratitude as always to Sam Pratt for putting the article "An Oil Refinery in Our Backyard," from the December 1984 issue of Hudson Valley, online where it can be accessed by all.

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