Tillson-Toc project begins in Highland

By Mark Reynolds
Posted 8/10/22

At last week’s Lloyd Town Board meeting, Supervisor Dave Plavchak said he meets with Barton & Loguidice every other Wednesday to discuss the progress of the long-planned realignment …

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Tillson-Toc project begins in Highland

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At last week’s Lloyd Town Board meeting, Supervisor Dave Plavchak said he meets with Barton & Loguidice every other Wednesday to discuss the progress of the long-planned realignment project.

“They’re done with their test pits and they actually made 40 of them and they started out with 26,” he said. “They have identified all of the conflicts and now they’re basically working with Central Hudson to move a couple of gas lines. Once they do that, they can lift the sidewalks up and start with some of the retaining walls. They probably are a good two weeks off before you’ll really see a lot of activity there. There is still some long lead items that they’ve been working on and then they are waiting for the final state approvals on the add alternates so we could put the change order in for that; it’s been approved through the Ulster County Transportation Council.”

The board passed a resolution to ensure that the town will get back their share of the non-federal monies they laid out for the intersection project.

Highway Superintendent
In his report to the Town Board, Highway Superintendent Rich Klotz said he is nearly finished with a number of roads in town and a top coat will complete the job.

“That will be it until I get my Chip [Consolidated Highway Improvement Program] money,” he said, “I canceled four roads this year because of pricing.”

Klotz said the salt shed is moving forward.

“I want to get the inside sprayed and get some black top in there and get some electric done. I’m going to put the electric out to bid and maybe we can get it down [in cost] a little bit.”

Klotz said his crew remains busy with grass mowing and patching some holes in the roads.

Fatal Drug Overdose

Plavchak noted that in Police Chief James Janso’s report, his department faced two incidents of drug overdoses and administered Narcan to revive the individuals; one was saved while the other was fatal.

Grants Submitted
Plavchak said the town recently submitted two Consolidated Funding Application [CFA] grants. He said last February the town hired Barton & Loguidice to seek a Comprehensive Plan grant that they secured for $10,000 from the Hudson River Valley Greenway. Another one is for a Smart Growth grant for $80,000 and the town will hear in November if they receive it. The town will start a visioning process for the Comprehensive Plan using the Greenway funding.

Plavchak provided the board with a report on all of the grants the town has applied for. One grant is for a Digester Methane Project at the wastewater plant, which is about $190,000.

“What I’m finding with these grants is the more stuff you have shovel ready, the more chances you’ve got to get a grant,” he said. “When we see something that we really think is going to benefit us in the future and if we can do enough of the upfront engineering on it, then when the grants become available it’s easier to get them moving forward.”

Motions & Resolutions
The board approved the installation of ‘Children at Play’ signs at the end of North Chodikee at the request of Highway Superintendent Rich Klotz.

The board approved granting a permit to High Roller Productions to film a TV series ‘Poker Face’ at 5 Felsen Lane, a private residence.

The board approved a bid submission from European Craftsman and Remodeling to renovate the front entryway at Town Hall for $5,7000.

Plavchak said the town had budgeted $9,000 for UHY to perform audits for the Justice Court and the Lloyd Development Corporation; however, town bookkeeper Kendra Minard performed this work. The board allocated a stipend of $2,000 to pay her for this extra work, thus saving the town $7,000.

Councilman Joe Mazzetti suggested the board increase this to $4,500 to be on par with other employees doing similar extra work. The board indicated they will revisit this issue during budget season later this year and make any adjustments at the January 2023 reorganization meeting.

The board awarded a lighting project to Big Red Electric for $11,100. The company will splice existing underground power lines and install and connect 37 light heads on new poles on Argent Drive, Sterling Place and Gregory Court.

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