Blooming Grove Addresses New Planning and Zoning Fees, Transfer of Computer Equipment to Highway Dept., and Unanimous Vote Against A Letter of Support for Dismantling Brown’s Pond Dam in Hamptonburgh
The Blooming Grove Town Board dealt with 4 issues of particular importance during their April public sessions, including:
A new schedules of fees has been set for Planning and Zoning Departments. A transfer of computer equipment from the Town Hall to the Highway Department will make computer work and printing available to the Highway Dept. for the first time.
Supervisor Rob Jeroloman was authorized to negotiate a contract with New York Rising and GOSR for realignment of the intersection at Route 208 and Clove Rd.
After lengthy discussion it was decided that failure of a lateral water main at a residence was determined to be at least partly caused by previous town repairs that left excess compacted sediment and a sink hole. The town agreed to exclude the owner from associated costs which will be handled by the water district. Concern that this could be precedent-setting was allayed with the town attorney explaining that any other similar case would be considered separately, depending on the details.
A request by former legislator Chris Eachus for the Town of Blooming Grove to write a letter in support of dismantling the Brown’s Pond Dam in Hamptonburgh was denied. Board members stated they felt that without further research on the potential impacts downstream, they might open the town to future litigation. Considering that New York Rising monies could be transferred to other important flood prevention projects that lie within Blooming Grove they felt that those projects might be more prudent to undertake. They did, however, acknowledge that the alternative potential of the Brown’s Pond Dam failure would also have environmental impacts, but that at present there were too many “unknowns” to take on responsibility for it. They felt that more study needed to be done to assess impacts downstream.