SPECIAL BOARD MEETING NOTICE- THURSDAY 7/20/2017 at 8:00pm
NOTICE OF A SPECIAL TOWN BOARD MEETING
TO: Town Board Members
The undersigned, Supervisor of the Town of Wappinger, does hereby call a special meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Wappinger, to be held at the Town Hall on July 20, 2017 at 8:00pm for the purpose of considering resolutions regarding:
1) Acceptance of Environmental Assessment Forms (EAFs) for the SEQRA Review of the following projects:
i) Wildwood Sewer District connection to the Tri-Municipal Sewer System, including a sewer connection to Woodhill Green;
ii) An emergency interconnection between the water systems of the Village of Wappingers Falls and United Wappinger Water District.
iii) Establishment of a Water District to serve Woodhill Green Condominium and other nearby properties,
2) Circulation of Intent to Serve as Lead Agency under SEQRA in a coordinated r99eview for all of the above-referenced projects;
3) Grant the Supervisor authority to sign all necessary documentation in connection with the various grant applications for the above projects and accepting any grant funds that may be issued to the Town.
4) Access restrictions for the general public at Martz Field during summer camp activities.
Dated: July 18, 2017 Lori A. Jiava, Town of Wappinger Supervisor
For those of you who were unable to attend the May 15th State of the Town address, I have included the link here for you:
NEXT TOWN BOARD MEETING - MONDAY, AUGUST 21ST AT 7:30PM
****appeared in the July 19th's edition of the Southern Dutchess News ***
As many of you may have noticed American flags have been flying at half staff since July 5th due to several tragic events. For some time now, many Americans have been glued to the internet or the television to learn about the economy, foreign relations, political unrest, terrorism, the crippling drug epidemic and horrific tragedies. Recently the tragedies that have been cornering local news and leaving locals left to mourn have been overwhelmingly heart-wrenching.
The assassination of NYPD's Officer Miostis Familia moved everyone to the edge of their seats. Covering tabloids and the television across New York State was the slaying of a police officer who was shot point blank by a 'cop-hating' madman. A 12 year veteran officer, Familia was a mother, daughter, friend, and protector. Officer Familia was slain while protecting those she committed to protect, and in a moment her life was taken by someone's 'rage'. Four days later, our attention was shifted to the paralyzing news that NYS Trooper Joel Davis was shot and killed while responding to a domestic call. Included in that was the death of Nichole Walters, the wife of the assassin. At this point, I am compelled to remark on both of these horrifying events. Our society is on its heels!!
No longer are we in a place where common sense, morals or compassion prevail. No longer can we turn a blind eye to the total dysfunction we are facing daily. Sure, there has been chaos over the last 25 years - in all forms; school and mall shootings, terrorist attacks, serial killers, etc... but for heaven's sake, I am distraught of the lack of regard for human life. This morning, I read the entire report from American Security Today with tears making their way down my face. Within four days, New York State has lost two members of Law enforcement to rage, hate and mental instability. Just visiting the Officer Down Memorial Page is enough to wake up any person to realize we have a serious problem within our society. Has the world become so desensitized that the loss of human life becomes the status quo? Did the de-institutionalization movement in the early 90s create persona non grata? Has society become so use to seeing killings on TV or playing video games that we are programming society to chalk it up to another day on the job? What does it take to wake those who are not fazed by these events and make them understand the magnitude of the dysfunction?
A 36 year old husband and father answered the call to come to the aid of another and in a moment the lives of two families have changed forever. A 48 year old mother working and protecting the neighborhood was killed for absolutely no reason, and as a result her immediate family and the family who lives within the 46th Precinct are left to grieve her loss! What do we know about the killers? In the case of Officer Familia, her gunman was someone who had been on parole and was suffering bouts of mental illness. Trooper Davis's assassin was a 10 year active Army solider who was stationed at Fort Drum and had previously served two tours in Afghanistan. We wonder the motive, the reason, an argument or PTSD ? Perhaps we will never know. But an Army Soldier, someone we have taught our children to thank for their service and salute on Memorial Day, has changed the lives of at least two families and has left our state mourning.
To me it is apparent, with the internet and all that it offers users to view, coupled with the Federal Communications Commission allowing far too much to be aired on television, radio and explicit video games, our society has become desensitized to thinking that some of the horrifying events are another day at the office. At what point will we all realize that our society is literally on its heels? If for nothing else, perhaps it is time to get back to basics. For now, let us continue to keep all of the families affected by these tragedies in our thoughts and prayers and remember that our Law Enforcement deserves to be equally protected and praised for what they do. To the men and women who get up each day and put on their uniform to protect us from harm, the Town of Wappinger thanks you! Rest Easy Officer Familia and Trooper Davis, may your compassion for others be carried on.
Mayor Alexander and I have been working diligently on two very important issues; cleaning up the watershed at Wappingers Creek and working on EFC Grants to help with water and sewer issues. Some of the issues that have been included in the grants have been affecting the water shed for years, thus causing the sediments to create an unhealthy appearance in the lake. As I have said in the past and I will say again, the lack of water and sewer infrastructure has impeded progress as well as caused antiquated systems to start to fail. With over 8 million dollar of grants requested, the Mayor and I are hopeful that our concerns will be brought to the forefront and taken into consideration. Much work goes into writing grants. The level of detail that is required is very time consuming for all involved. Identifying the need/problem, coming up with a viable solution, having engineer work done, environmental work and administration of the grant is essential. This work needs to be thorough and complete in order for the grant to be analyzed and considered. With that said, I want to personally thank the Mayor for his shared vision, Scott Williams for his creativity and help in writing the grants, KC Engineering, Bob Gray for assisting us in the phasing and the intricate details and Morris Associates for working their hardest to meet our (sometimes) unreasonable deadlines. Our future rests on grants and much of the detail is overwhelming, for that alone, I thank all of those involved in the process!!!
Supervisor's Open House: the next Supervisor's open house is scheduled for August 22nd from 1 to 3pm. This is a great opportunity for residents or business owners to stop in and ask questions, share concerns or float ideas. I hope some of you can visit with me and look forward to a nice afternoon. If the date we have selected is not possible and you would like to meet with me, please do not hesitate to call my office and I will make a time that is convenient for you. (845) 297 -2744.
Know your water: As I have mentioned in previous articles, standing water poses a health risk. Please check for any water that may be pooling on a sidewalk, in a bowl or even in toys left outside. Mosquitoes carry West Nile, Zika and Chikunguyna, all which are harmful to humans. Please be mindful and look around for stagnant water. If we all make a point of doing this, we are greatly reducing the risk of being infected. For more information of mosquito born diseases: http://www.mosquito.org/mosquito-borne-diseases
Dial A Ride: A friendly reminder to all of our seniors (60 years and older), veterans and people with disabilities, the Town offers Dial A Ride as a service to help ensure transportation to doctors, senior centers and appointments you may have. They offer door to door service as well as scheduled service. It is best that you call them for details on schedules and making reservations at: (845) 453-7433 or visit the link on our webpage or at:http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/countygov/departments/masstransit/pldialaride.htm
Notary Pool: I have a pool of residents who are willing to travel to a resident's home if they meet one of the following requirements: Senior Citizen, disabled, or a disabled Veteran. If you are in need of someone to notarize something for you and you meet one of the requirements, kindly call my office at 297-2744. If you are a resident who is willing to be in a pool so that you can help out a resident, please call my office and let us know. Thank you in advance!
~ Supervisor Jiava