In a three-hour-long combined workshop and town board meeting on Thursday, July12, the Amenia Town Board adopted a new local ordinance, discussed a low-impact engineering solution to wastewater treatment, heard a report on the old landfill remediation project, discussed continuing improvements in town hall and heard from members of the public.
It is seldom business as usual in the town of Stanford, where the town supervisor faces a majority committed to contentiousness.
At the town board meeting of Thursday, May 10, after most of the audience had gone, councilman Mark D’Agostino said he had a memo that he alleged proved that Supervisor Virginia Stern had violated a law by releasing confidential information on April 1, 2011, that was then used in the Article 78 proceeding that residents brought against the town. He did not release the memo in question. On a vote, Stern abstained, Shafer voted no, and Norton, Dewhirst, and D’Agostino voted yes to carry on an investigation. The Article 78 proceeding was eventually abandoned.
Anyone who attended the last Planning Board and Town Board meetings in Pine Plains and heard the comments and accusations regarding the Durst proposal probably came away with varying states of confusion. The following is an attempt to clear the fog and keep the discussion logical and civil.