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WASHINGTON — The monthly Town  Board meeting was held on Thursday, Aug. 8.

After announcing that Kathy Meyers was not renewing her certification and would be leaving her position as tax assessor as of Sept. 30, town Supervisor Gary Ciferri called on Highway Supervisor Joe Spagnola to give his report.

Spagnola said that an older truck, no longer in use, and a golf cart had been kept at the town park but need to be removed. The truck will be offered to the fire department for use in training; the golf cart will be dismantled and the parts will be distributed or...

Millbrook

Bennett appeal without merit

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MILLBROOK — A panel of four judges of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York affirmed the decision of the lower courts that the village of Millbrook’s Planning Board had acted within its authority when approving a special use permit that would allow the construction of 91 condo units on 27.6 acres on the site of the former Bennett College, preliminary site plans and a subdivision plat in November 2008.
Allan Rappleyea, representing the Oakley L. Thorne Trust, the appellant, said after the decision, “We are going to exhaust every legal opportunity.”

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Dutchess County — the ‘Saudi Arabia of water’

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MILLBROOK — The freshwater forum held on Saturday morning, April 16, at the Cary Institute focused on preserving fresh water resources, which are so plentiful that hydrogeologist Russell Urban-Mead described the Hudson Valley region as the Saudi Arabia of water.

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Village works on budget Police hours may be cut 50 percent

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MILLBROOK — The mayor and trustees of the village of Millbrook have been working together in public workshops every Monday evening to put together a village budget for the fiscal year beginning June 1, 2011. The final version of the budget is set to be adopted on Tuesday, April 26.
As the numbers stand, as of press time, the amount of the village tax levy is $879,970, a slight reduction compared to last year, although tax rates will rise because assessed property values have declined again. In other words, taxes collected will fall, but tax rates will rise on lower property values.

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Community helps Grace Church preschool celebrate fifth birthday

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MILLBROOK — More than 100 people celebrated the fifth birthday of Millbrook Community Preschool at Grace Church on Saturday night, April 9. As a special birthday present, the guests and business sponsors helped raise more than $10,000 to support the preschool’s scholarship fund. Currently one-third of the 36 families who have children at the school receive some sort of financial aid.

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Choosing goals is next step for Comprehensive Plan Committee

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WASHINGTON — The Comprehensive Plan Committee held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 4, to decide on an approach to selecting goals for the new comprehensive plan for the town of Washington now that consensus on the vision statement has been reached.
Josh Mackey, Planning Board chairman and member of the Comprehensive Plan Administrative Committee, acknowledged that village resident Tony Sloan, a retired city planner, was a member-at-large of the committee and asked him to explain his goal-setting approach.

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Easter holiday events

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WASHINGTON — The town of Washington is offering some holiday activities for young and old alike this Easter. Below is a list of events for all to enjoy.
Twilight egg hunt
Friday, April 22

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Bring your dirt to Gardener’s Day

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MILLBROOK — Gardener’s Day is Saturday, April 16, at the Farm and Home Center headquarters of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County on Route 44. All gardeners registered for the event can bring a soil sample from their garden for free pH testing. The 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. garden education day is put together by Dutchess County’s 88 master gardeners.

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Kelsey defends new Solid Waste Department

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MILLBROOK — Dutchess County Legislator Michael Kelsey (District 25), whose territory includes Millbrook, Washington, Amenia, Stanford and Pleasant Valley, showed up recently, at both the town of Washington and village of Millbrook meetings, to report on the activities of the county Legislature.

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‘Not trying to scare anybody’ about water scenarios

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MILLBROOK — The Water Committee of Millbrook made a formal presentation to the Village Board at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 22. Stan Morse, village trustee, began the presentation, but all eyes were on the large map of aquifers next to him.

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Wetlands public hearing ended

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WASHINGTON — Fewer than 15 residents attended the public hearing on the pending wetlands legislation in the town of Washington on Monday night, March 21, at the Millbrook firehouse.
“Thank you all for coming again,” welcomed town Supervisor Florence Prisco. “There are so few of us we really don’t need microphones.”
After more than two years of discussion there were still some comments that hadn’t been heard before. Dirk Rosse, who owns 30 aces on Overlook Road, said owners of wetlands are not offered compensation for the lack of use of their land, while everyone else benefits.

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