Posted by: Dawn Powell | February 22, 2017

Looking over the zoning change

It looks to me as if there should be the Comprehensive Plan’s recommended Master Plan for business in Putnam Valley.

At the least, Lake Peekskill and the Oregon Corners districts should have meetings themselves to determine what they want for their business districts.  All stakeholders should have been included in this process, not allowed to speak as an afterthought.

Posted by: Dawn Powell | February 21, 2017

Under agenda documents

on the town website.  This is the proposed zoning code.

Posted by: Dawn Powell | February 20, 2017

Granite Mountain

Hudson Highlands Land Trust

Putnam Valley is in the Hudson Highlands.  The HHLT is going to manage a preserve on Granite Mountain, Church St and Peekskill Hollow Road.  They did a wonderful presentation for the community yesterday.  They showed the boundaries.  They will be working on parking areas for hikers, access for the homes adjacent, land surveys – species and population, hiking trails, and educational programs.

Their website gives good info about land trusting and their programs.

There will be volunteer opportunities for trail making, invasive species removal, and coming in April, 2 days to count deer droppings! – April 23 and April 30.

They are considering wildlife cams.

Some in the community want to continue hunting on the land.  Others feel that the passive recreation uses are not compatible with hunting.

This is a bird rich area.

This is another wonderful resource for our community.  I am grateful.






Posted by: Dawn Powell | February 18, 2017

Already this morning

I have been approached about the Sam Garbage Plan, the War on LP zoning code, and the Spend Other People’s Money rec center.  How about if the Town Board members do their job, and start listening to the community?  Schedule a Town Hall meeting – you will probably need more than one – and have someone else run it.  Answer questions, but otherwise shut up and listen.  Let’s not have the misleading library issue become the norm for communication in the town.  Talk to people first.


Posted by: Dawn Powell | February 15, 2017

Shutting down public engagement

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Posted by: Dawn Powell | February 14, 2017

Are there no more agenda documents?

I thought the law required that agenda documents be posted before the meetings.  I can’t find any agenda documents since the organizational meeting.

How long has that been in the Town Board rules?  Were all communications with Maple Leaf communicated to the whole Town Board before the Zurhellen closing?  Have all communications with special uses non-applicants been shared with all TB members?  Were all communications from business owners regarding their desires for the zoning code shared with all TB members.

This opens up a world of possibilities.



Posted by: Dawn Powell | February 5, 2017

TB Wednesday

The final version of the zoning code????? Final?  We are not even pretending that there should be public input?

Where is it?  Did I miss it on the website?

Posted by: Dawn Powell | January 28, 2017

Elections 2017

With all the newfound awareness of the electoral college, interim elections, and politics, before the next swing district congressional races, and along with issues that will require your attention and input, there will be local races.  The town will have a Supervisor race, two Town Board seats, and a Town Justice seat.  Hopefully, Gina Capone will be running for re-election.

While I support court consolidation, she is the judge I would send to that new entity.

The Supervisor’s seat will be up for re-election this year (every 2 years).  There was some talk of Jackie Annabi making another run, but she seems to be running aground these days.  She is an incumbent Council Woman, whose term will be up this year.  The other term that is up this year is Wendy Whetsel’s.

That gives us lots of room to work with.  If heavy landscaping equipment is not your idea of a community commercial district, if you think that enforcement should be even-handed, or if you believe that there should be open communication about everything going on in town, consider a run for office.  Or support a new candidate.  There are lots of routes to the ballot and good, local government.

Oh right.  Last, but not least.  The county legislator seat is up this year.  William Gouldman is the incumbent.  It would be really nice to have some Democratic representation on the legislature.  Every year, three seats are up on the 9 member body.  So Democrats have the opportunity to challenge 3 seats.  This could be the year!





Posted by: Dawn Powell | January 16, 2017

Minor Details

Looking at the agenda – You are supposed to be a resident of the town to be on the Conservation Commission.  Just the law, nothing important.

Has anyone seen the Bruce Barber update on the zoning code mess?  I haven’t had time to watch.  Heavy landscaping equipment everywhere.

Is Deputy Highway superintendent management or union?  Among foreman, Lake Peekskill pinch hitter, deputy supe, and snow overtime, how many hours per week is that?

Back to that peculiar facebook discussion:

“Dawn Powell – But that is not what the law says.

Sam Oliverio
Sam OliverioYes it is. We had to put the “within 60 months of adoption” to specify that anyone who has pumped their system within 60 months of the adoption is not impacted by the law. Those that have not, are impacted.”
It seems that SamO is saying that if you have pumped out in the past 5 years, you are not subject to this law.  SO bizarre.

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