Amenia Town Board meets: COVID-19, Trail to Train discussed
AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board focused on town business and the current public health crisis, including the advisories issued for preventing the spread of COVID-19, at its meeting on Thursday, March 19. The closed meeting was broadcast on Youtube and Channel 22.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti announced Town Hall is closed to the public, but that individual departments can be reached by email, phone and appointment. Public comment for town meetings can be sent via email to the town clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org to be read at the next meeting. The town website has information provided by Dutchess County and New York State on the pandemic. Channel 22 has also been updated with current information. All recreation and other events originally scheduled to take place at Town Hall have been canceled until further notice.
“The town of Amenia is complying with all executive orders from the governor’s office and Dutchess County,” Perotti said.
“The supervisor has been doing a great job keeping communications with the boards and our emergency response teams,” Town Clerk Dawn Marie Klingner said later that evening, “so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly if you have any questions or concerns. Stay safe, stay healthy and do as you’re being advised and wash your hands.”
Trail to Train
Delivering an update on the Trail to the Train project, Perotti said a progress meeting was held on Wednesday, March 18, via conference call with A. Colarusso & Son, Inc., the company the town selected to construct a bicycle trail path extending from the hamlet of Wassaic to the Wassaic Metro-North Train Station; Project Manager John Kosma; and representatives from the engineering company, WSP USA. Included in the scope of work completed so far, Perotti highlighted the installation of the pedestrian boardwalks, the placing of decking planks and the installation of railing posts and rails along the east and west sides of the boardwalk. She said the town is working on identifying potential grants for lighting on the Trail to the Trail project.
Klingner reported that the town is now accepting bids for lawn mowing in the Amenia-Wassaic area. All bids must be received by noon on Thursday, April 2, as the season for lawn mowing will run from Thursday, April 2, to Sunday, Nov. 1. She also reported that the town is now accepting applications for a summer camp director, emergency medical technician, lifeguard and camp counselors for the Amenia Day Camp. Interested applicants should call 845-373-8860 or go to www.ameniany.gov.