2012-01-11 / Front Page / Civics and Politics

New Comprehensive Plan approved with little fanfare

Years of study to bring about new document for Cold Spring
ANNIE CHESNUT
Lately, Village Hall in Cold Spring has been buzzing on Tuesday nights. With ongoing Village Board and Planning Board discussions about Foodtown, the Post Office, Butterfield, and the Comprehensive Plan, not to mention an election on the March horizon, there’s a lot happening here.
 
So it was a bit of a surprise that last week’s monthly meeting was relatively quiet, with a variable-sized audience that didn’t come close to filling the room.
 
The big news is that after a regular menu of items for review and approval, trustees approved the Comprehensive Plan, with smiles from the Special Board’s Chair and Co-chair Mike Armstrong and Anne Impellizzeri and joyous applause of Cold Spring businessman and newly announced candidate for Village Board, Tom Rolston.
 
The Special Board, which oversaw the 5-year-long preparation of the Plan and shepherded it through the multi-layer process of review approval, will continue its work in 2012 on the Local Waterfront Revitalization portion of the project.
 
Among the focuses of the plan are: Village Character, Riverfront, Natural Environment and Energy, Economic Vitality, Community Facilities and Services, Property Taxes, and Areas with Potential. Areas with Potential include Village Garage, Butterfield Hospital, The Grove, Village Hall, the Cold Spring Fire House, Philipstown Town Hall, Mayor’s Park, and St. Mary’s Lawn.
 
The previous Comprehensive Plan for Cold Spring dates back to 1987.
 
Trustee Bruce Campbell reminded everyone that Haldane will be hosting a January 30th meeting of the Philipstown Athletic Fields Committee at 7 p.m. and everyone is invited.
In the “good news” department, Mayor Seth Gallagher reported that Metro-North Railroad is planning to repair, regrout, and paint the underside of the Lund Terrace railroad bridge
 
In other business, accountant Ellen Mageean presented the monthly financial report. W-2 and 1099 forms for Village employees and contractors were set to be issued by the end of the week, Mageean said. Armstrong asked for a $2,000 increase in the Village’s budgeted amount for the Special Board, from $1,000 to $3,000 to pay for planning services provided by Ted Fink of GreenPlan, which would likely be partially offset by a Greenway Fund reimbursement of about $750. The board approved the request unanimously.
 
There was some Water Department business: the replacement of the master control panel at the water treatment plant needs to get underway, and a situation involving workers’ compensation liability insurance for the contractor was resolved, so the contract was approved. The sewer system’s inflow & infiltration system is in the process of being repaired, and the aeration system updated—as a way of improving both efficiency and cost savings, Gallagher said.
 
The Police Department report included an item regarding the Chapel of Our Lady Restoration, where what was described as a bonfire was apparently started outside the building and some graffiti marked on a southeast column of the west portico. Mike Armstrong, who is also the President of the Chapel board, added that there is particular concern about the historic building because it caught fire once already in 1927. Possibilities being considered include a surveillance system, additional signage, and chains across access areas.
 
“We would like to keep a feeling of access and openness for the community,” Armstrong said, but added, “We have an obligation to keep the building safe.”
 

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