Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 10-12-17

 The Quarryland Realty application 

In 2010, a Village Water Committee was formed in response to a perceived need to protect the village water supply and to examine how to accomplish this into the future. It initially consisted of Deputy Mayor Stan Morse, Dr. William Augerson, Frank Genova, Steve Lynch, Dr. Emma Rosi-Marshall, Scott Osborne, Howard Schuman, Scott Tumblety, and later joined by Trustee Mike Herzog. Throughout, consultants were brought in as needed.

The committee was active for approximately three years, gathering data and exploring options, which included the purchase of additional property to serve as a second water supply source for the village. Ultimately, due to the complexities and expenses involved in such an undertaking, the committee recommended instead exploring drilling deep wells at the present water supply location in Mabbettsville as a backup source and concluded that our system’s existing aquifer was functional and adequate for existing village residents for the foreseeable future, provided the Village does not expand new usages to outside its borders.

Approximately a year ago, according to Dutchess County Records, Quarryland Realty LLC, based in Marina Del Ray, Calif., purchased a 26-unit apartment complex located in the town of Washington. Due diligence would assume they were aware of any ongoing water supply issues on that property prior to purchase. 

At some point after the fact they decided it would be more expedient and financially beneficial for them to connect to the village of Millbrook public water supply system. On Sept. 9, along with Daniele Rentals, another apartment rental business, they submitted a formal request to the village to that effect. It appears according to Dutchess County Parcel Access that both apartments complexes are located in the town of Washington, not the village of Millbrook.

Accepting the Quarryland Realty application, which is from a  property located in another municipality, represents what may be referred to as an example of a segmented approval process. In other words, looking at pieces in isolation without considering the cumulative effect of each piece on the whole. A continued process of segmented approvals of these types of applications from other municipalities would eventually result in a significant cumulative negative effect on village water sources. 

In light of the Water Committee’s prior recommendations and given the present tenuous condition of the existing Millbrook water supply and the fact that there are yet to be known sections of the village that most likely will need to come online in the future, it becomes a  policy question as whether it is prudent for the village to be helping commercial businesses in another municipality with their business model, by giving away finite village resources to them.

It follows that since it was Quarryland Realty who made the business decision to buy a property located in the town of Washington, not the village of Millbrook, it is Quarryland Realty’s responsibility to maintain its water supply system, not the village of Millbrook.

Howard Schuman



Some unfortunate happenings

As a resident and supporter of the small town of Millerton since I was 7, I have recently come into exposure with some unfortunate happenings in our small but hopeful village.

I, personally, was recently wrongly accused of defacing someone’s artistic property. A neighbor was taunted at a Village Board meeting. Another neighbor chose not to install their electric fence and I was attacked by their large dog.

Though all of these unfortunate events are not related, it seems as though they have enabled me to notice some themes throughout.

After experiencing recent loss, I have struggled with believing that humans and the world aren’t ridden with evil and torment. But the person I lost believed otherwise. He was the most open-hearted, kind individual I have ever met, and though he struggled with addiction (something I, too, battle), he never let it get in the way of his capability of wanting to make a positive change and difference. The Millerton community served as support during this loss in a magnitude that I cannot begin to express in words. I am forever grateful for this community in times of need. 

So please, Millerton, let’s re-evaluate. Let’s choose to lead by example. Whatever is going on inside this town and all throughout the country — the domino effect of happenstance in which we all choose to succumb to in one way or another — it will not improve unless we put love forward. 

Let’s support each other. Our businesses. Our creative endeavors. Our hearts. Because at this point, that’s really all we have.

Look inside yourselves. What you find might be scary. But at least it’s real.

Hillary Richmond



Thanks for Appalachian Trail story

Thank you for the well researched and interesting article on the Appalachian Trail (AT), and for featuring Hike for Mental Health by putting Donna Chapman’s photo on the front page. Donna organized the hike before she became our indefatigable and dedicated ambassador to the AT community.

That experience is a highlight for me still, and her photo one of my favorites. MetroNorth uses it for our space in their annual Getaways brochure.

Kaitlin, we appreciate your continuing coverage of Dover, and letting your readership know about the Trail. It’s a significant natural, historic and cultural resource in the Harlem Valley, and we are fortunate that it goes through Dover and Pawling.

I’m thanking Kaitlin on behalf of David Kelly, Donna Chapman, Julie Judkins, Karen Lutz, Ron Rosen, Becky Thornton, Heather Darley and Lauren Cosgrove.

Stancy DuHamel



Chris Kennan for Town Board

I’ve known Chris since back when I was mayor.  He was very involved with Townscape of Millerton, and was always looking for ways Townscape could work with the village.  

He is a positive, “can-do” type of guy. It was Chris’ initiative that helped get the beautiful new railing in front of the old M&T Bank, as well as the new “Welcome to Millerton” signs. Chris just gets things done and in a nice and constructive way.  

We have four good people running for the Town Board. Chris is a friendly, helpful person that would bring much needed energy and imagination to the board.

I recommend his election.

John Scutieri




Culligan remembered

John Culligan was one of the  of the kindest people I have ever known. He was always there to do thoughtful things for anyone who needed him — not for money, not for praise but because he was a man of infinite generosity of spirit. A gentle light has gone out in this town but every person who was fortunate to know John will never forget him.

Monique Montaigne