Sunday, October 20, 2019

Meetings of Interest in the Week Ahead

Except for Tuesday, the weather forecast for the week ahead is mostly "Mostly sunny," and the schedule of meetings for the week is comparatively light--Tuesday and Friday being the only days with more than one meeting going on.
  • On Monday, October 21, the Board of Estimate and Apportionment has a tentatively scheduled budget workshop at 2:30 p.m. at City Hall. 
  • On Tuesday, October 22, the DRI (Downtown Revitalization Initiative) Committee is tentatively scheduled to meet at City Hall at 2:30 p.m. At its last meeting, the committee selected the team of firms that will pursue the DRI connectivity project. The two remaining projects--the Dunn warehouse and the historic fishing village (a.k.a. the Furgary Boat Club of "the Shacks")--may be topics of conversation at the upcoming meeting.
  • Also on Tuesday, October 22, the Tourism Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at 1 North Front Street. At its last meeting, the Tourism Board decided that individual members of the board would have one-to-one conversations with aldermen to explain their reasons for selecting Chandlerthinks and their goal in engaging the firm. (At its August meeting, the Common Council refused to pass a resolution authorizing entering into a contract with Chandlerthinks.) There was also talk of inviting Steve Chandler to make a presentation to the Common Council or possibly getting the PowerPoint presentation he made to the Tourism Board to share with the Council. It is expected that an update on these efforts may be provided at the meeting on Tuesday.
  • On Wednesday, October 23, the Common Council Legal Committee meets at 6:15 p.m. at City Hall. At the last meeting of the Legal Committee, pursuing the creation of a sidewalk improvement district was put on hold awaiting "a plan for the entire city" and "protocols" coming out of the DRI connectivity project. It is expected the committee will continue its discussion of a law to restrict the development and operation of short-term rentals booked through such platforms as Airbnb.
  • On Friday, October 25, the Historic Preservation Commission holds its second meeting of the month at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall.
  • Also on Friday, October 25, the Board of Estimate and Apportionment has another budget workshop tentatively scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at City Hall.


  1. At last, Columbia county motor boaters will know how much more "free and easy" access to North dock will cost.

    1. It wouldn't have cost anything for volunteers to maintain the floating docks this year, so why didn't anyone bother to do it?

    2. That's what we were doing when the city put up their fence, then Sandy hit. With no way to get to our floats, most were destroyed by city action.

      Let me educate you...The only reason the American shore was given to the people, not to a king, was to keep mini kings from erecting fences to frustrate our "permanent easment."

      Seven years later and more tax dollars channelled to the favorite at court, rather than local tin boat fisherfolk, some paying hundreds per year for "improved' access.

    3. The boat launch and delapidated dock are not on City property.

      Also, the fences were removed by our previous mayor.

      Nobody stopped you from maintaining the dock this year, which was your "free and easy access." To suggest otherwise is misleading.

      Generally we're in agreement, but not when you overstate the case to disguise simple laziness.

    4. Coming from someone who pays nothing with regard to the Outboard Motor Fuel Tax.

      The fact remains, the city now funds needy not for profits with money confiscated from people who once did the job for free.

    5. With respect to Madame Mayor, she just removed an obstruction to citizen easment.

      Municipalities don't "owm the shore" they are however obligated to promote the people's shore to "the fullest extent possible."

      I own a kayak, a canoe and a tin boat. What you (and she) fail to understand is; the place is only functional when tin boats are used to do the heavy lifting.

      Maybe a new lawsuit to hammer this notion home is needed.

  2. P.S.

    It takes a lot of money/work to manage a city Wharf, ask Power Boat...

    1. Or Colarusso or Nick Zachos...
      Historically, possession of shore goes to whoever can promote Navigation farthest.

  3. Nobody stopped you from putting in docks. My only point.

    1. Because there was no king the shore was given to the people, for if when the king arrived he could reclaim the shore no sane person would invest...

      You confuse common sense with laziness.

      Long live king Andrew!

    2. As a lazy person myself, I couldn't have said that better.