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CORNWALL — Town residents and public officials came together to consider the proposed 2017-18 budget at a public hearing Friday, April 21, at Cornwall Consolidated School. Conducted by the finance board, the meeting drew about 35 residents to hear an overview of both the selectmen’s budget and the budget proposed by the education board.

Finance board Chair John LaPorta termed the overall proposals as “nothing extraordinary” as he opened the meeting. 

The selectmen’s budget shows an increase of 2.23 percent to $1,902,494, up from the...

Cornwall

Protecting skis and snowboards, as well as skiers and snowboarders

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CORNWALL — A review of a five-year management plan for Mohawk Mountain Ski Area brought two reactions from the Board of Selectmen at the Feb. 22 meeting.
“They have done an incredible job of maintaining and improving their equipment and facilities,” Selectman Richard Bramley said.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway and Selectman K.C. Baird agreed, praising a plan that will continue that effort, and possibly bring more use of the facility in summer.

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As 2011-2012 budget season begins, pay increases are topic of debate

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CORNWALL — With no major expenditures expected in municipal and education spending for the coming year, town officials are taking a philosophical approach to planning for the upcoming fiscal year (which begins July 1).
The economic future may be on the upswing, but no one is expecting the fiscal picture to turn rosy anytime soon. Caution is the watchword as towns anticipate costs to remain unpredictable and state aid to be drastically cut in Gov. Dannel Malloy’s budget.

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2011 property revaluation to begin

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CORNWALL — It seems like the dust is just settling from the last revaluation of properties, but it’s that time again. The 2011 reval will be conducted over the course of the coming months.
Adjustments to property assessments will be noted on the grand list (the total value of taxable property) as of Oct. 1, 2011, and will impact tax bills beginning July 2012.

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Principal Vaughan announces his resignation

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CORNWALL — Principal Robert Vaughan, who arrived at Cornwall Consolidated School less than two years ago, officially announced his resignation as of the end of the school year.

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Next session is March 8 Plans for senior housing discussed at hearing

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CORNWALL — A special permit for a Cornwall Housing Corporation (CHC) senior apartment complex is in the midst of a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z). It will continue March 8 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
The 10 apartments will be subsidized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and restricted to those age 62 and over who meet income requirements.
The exterior and interior

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Curator at Historical Society seeks to include community

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CORNWALL — A new curator has been hired at the Cornwall Historical Society.
Raechel Guest’s tenure will overlap with that of Michele Musto’s, who will stay long enough to finish organizing this summer’s exhibit. Guest is officially the executive director/curator.

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Fundraising concert Feb. 20

A concert of music for viola and piano will be held Sunday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m. at the United Church of Christ in Cornwall. It will benefit the residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Tickets are $15 at the door. Pianist Anne Chamberlain and violist Ronald Carbone will play music by Brahms, Schubert and Grandos. Carbone plays with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra and is also the principal violist in the American Ballet Theatre orchestra. Chamberlain teaches at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and also teaches piano students at the Great Barrington Rudolph Steiner School.

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Hearing on CHC plans brings out comments for and against

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CORNWALL — A public hearing on a proposed special permit for the construction of what would be the town’s first subsidized senior housing was continued following a session before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) Feb. 8.
About 90 minutes were devoted to a first look at architectural drawings, siting of the building and other features on the Kent Road (Route 7) lot, comments for and against the project and questions posed to developer Cornwall Housing Corporation (CHC) by P&Z members and the town’s planning consultant.

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Endowment funds shared

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CORNWALL — Following a determination on how much of a town endowment fund can be spent, the Board of Selectman voted last week to make three awards.
Investments that have not been as productive in the past have left $1,200 in interest to be dispersed. By coincidence, the same day that information was received at Town Hall, a request came in for program funding.

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Six join Conservation Committee

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CORNWALL — The Board of Selectmen appointed a Conservation Committee Feb. 7. The board voted unanimously to seat six people: Jean Bouteiller, Donald Bardot, Kim Herkimer, Patrick Mulberry, Graham Underwood and Brian Thomas.
The commission, along with a committee on aging, was re-established by a unanimous vote at the Oct. 22 annual town meeting. The formation of an economic study group was also approved.
The Conservation Commission attracted more than enough interest. Candidates were chosen based on knowledge and experience.

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