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MILLERTON — In the Nov. 29 edition of The Millerton News, an article was published about a Comprehensive Plan Update Committee (CPUC) meeting that was held on Monday, Nov. 19. As the committee advances to the plan’s completion, there were a few points in the article that needed to be clarified.

In terms of membership, Comprehensive Plan Update Committee members are appointed by the Village and Town Boards. Both Mayor Debbie Middlebrook and Councilman John Midwood serve as the two members representing the Town and Village Boards. The rest of the committee is made up of...

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Michaud hurls accusations against town supervisor

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NORTH EAST — Sometimes the most compelling part of a Town Board meeting is the public comments, when members of the community have a chance to stand up and speak about what’s on their minds. Such was the case at the North East Town Board’s meeting on Thursday, Sept. 8.
Resident Pamela Michaud stood and addressed the board with comments, some of which perhaps would have been more appropriately addressed to the chairman of the North East Democratic Party. Nonetheless, the board allowed her to proceed with her full statement.
She began dramatically.

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Citizens welcome to check out town truck

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NORTH EAST — In a somewhat unusual move, the Town Board decided to invite the public to an open house on Saturday, Sept 24, to learn more about a truck it intends to purchase for the Highway Department.
The idea was proposed by town Supervisor Dave Sherman, who said he wanted to give taxpayers the opportunity to see where their dollars wind up and to understand why the purchase of a municipal vehicle can be so costly.

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Planning Board gives OK to lot line adjustment

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NORTH EAST — Sometimes applications that come before the Planning Board are nice and simple. On Wednesday, Aug. 24, that was exactly the case with resident Ralph Fedele’s proposed lot line adjustment.
Fedele wanted to tweak the boundaries of his driveway, off Route 199, to allow for another vehicle to fit, as well as a small garden. Currently the driveway allows for two cars. The property borders that of resident Robert Trotta, who was willing to do an “equal exchange,” according to Fedele.

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Reval defended by assessor

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NORTH EAST — Town Assessor Katherine Johnson had no easy task before her on Thursday, Sept. 8, while making a presentation at the North East Town Board meeting on the recent townwide reassessment.
A number of taxpayers have expressed anger since the reval as their property values have risen sharply, which has been compounded by the fact that distribution of school taxes from the North East (Webutuck) Central School District has changed following the reassessment.

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Striking gold

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MILLERTON — Due to the uncertainty in the stock market and the foreign exchange markets, gold remains in the news these days for its record-setting highs and roller-coaster values.
Accredited jewelry professional Betsy Trotta-Saunders, owner of Elizabeth’s Jewelry and Fine Gifts in Millerton, said that the strong value in gold has resulted in more Americans selling their gold jewelry than ever before.
“People feel safe putting their money in gold,” said Trotta-Saunders. “There is no doubt that now is a good time to sell.”

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Go-carts stalled by applicant

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NORTH EAST — The Town Board’s business meeting of Thursday, Sept. 8, was both busy and well attended. The crowd was in part due to the anticipated discussion about rezoning the Boulevard District on Route 44 East to allow for a go-cart track, a request that has repeatedly come before the board without success.

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Public hearing held for long-standing lot-line application

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NORTH EAST — Janet and William Kalba, residents of the town of North East, appeared before the Planning Board on Wednesday, Aug. 24, for a public hearing on their lot-line adjustment application. Their request applies to the Kalbas’ residence and surrounding property at 39 Bud Lane; it’s a matter they’ve been pursuing on and off for decades, according to Janet Kalba.
“[Highway Superintendent] Robert Stevens has been to our road several times already,” said Janet Kalba. “This has a history of 50 years.”

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Dealing with the debris

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NORTH EAST — In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Jim Horton and Shawn Morrison of the North East Highway Department spent several days repairing damage caused by the storm. “We had a few washouts here and there, but as far as I’m concerned, we got really lucky,” said Morrison. “I personally thought when the storm was coming that we’d be working for weeks.” They cleared drainage ditches and also repaired washouts, filled holes with gravel and removed brush to make the roads passable. Some of the other roads attended to were Ridgecrest Lane, Briarwood Lane and Mill Road.

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Preparing students for the workforce

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HARLEM VALLEY — This summer, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families’ (TANF) Summer Youth Employment Program, which was coordinated by the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board, had 68 young people successfully complete the program.
The young people, who ranged in age from 14 to 20, had the opportunity to engage in learning activities, which included a four-day training session, to help them be successful in their summer employment and prepare for future permanent employment.

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Rebuilding Together seeks homeowners in need

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DUTCHESS COUNTY — It’s not easy getting older or having a disability, especially for those who need to make repairs to their properties but just can’t seem to manage the work on their own. It’s even tougher when working with a tight, or nonexistent, budget.

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