Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Meetings of Interest This Week

The three-day weekend is over, and the rest of the week is chockablock with governmental meetings.

Today at 4 p.m., the Columbia County Board of Supervisors Health & Human Services Committee meets in the committee room at 401 State Street. It's not known what's on the agenda, but it might include discussion of the contract with the Galvan Foundation to refer Department of Social Services clients in need of temporary housing to the Galvan Motel.

At 5:30 p.m., the Common Council Finance Committee meets at City Hall. The agenda for that meeting can be found here.

At 7 p.m., the Common Council holds its regular monthly meeting at City Hall. The resolutions the Council will be voting on tonight can be found here.

Photo: Lisa Durfee
Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 21, the Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 6 p.m. in City Hall. The meeting begins with a public hearing about an accessory building in Cherry Alley behind 405 Warren Street. The notice of the public hearing makes reference to an application "to demolish an accessory building . . . and build a garage with studio office space above in the same footprint, but requiring an area variance of 10 feet, 2⅛ inches for the height of the building." The building in question has already been demolished. What the ZBA is considering is the area variance required for the new building.

On Thursday, February 22, the Common Council Economic Development Committee is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. There is no published agenda for this meeting, but a topic that could come up is the request from Stewart's Shops for the City to change its zoning to accommodate their expansion plans, and, if HDC executive director Sheena Salvino is there, the appropriateness of the Galvan Foundation seeking DRI funding may come up.

On Friday, February 23, the Historic Preservation Commission holds its second meeting of the month, at which it rarely hears new proposals but instead gives formal approval of certificates of appropriateness prepared by counsel--in this case for a new sign at 315 Warren Street, removing siding from 742 Warren Street, and amending the plan for the fence behind 302-304 Warren Street. (The rendering above shows what was originally proposed.)

On Saturday, February 24, there are no meetings. Instead, there is the Hudson Polar Plunge! The event starts at 11 a.m. at Oakdale Lake. To register to take the plunge or to support those who will, click here.


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