At the October 2 Plattekill Town Board meeting, Board members passed a resolution allowing the Plattekill Public Library to purchase the building and property in which it currently resides from the Town of Plattekill. The property, located at 2047 State Road 32 in Modena, has been the subject of on-going negotiations between the Plattekill Public Library and the Town of Plattekill since 2016. Recently, all parties came to an agreement. According to the newly passed Town of Plattekill Resolution #12 for 2019, the library building and property will be sold to the Plattekill Public Library for a sum of $275,000.
The Plattekill Public library first inquired about the possibility of purchasing the building and grounds in 2016. At the April 20, 2016 meeting of the Plattekill Town Board, a letter, sent to Town Board by Library Director John Georghiou on behalf of the library trustees, inquired about the possibility of purchasing of the library building. A high demand for meeting spaces at the library, compounded with limited room in the library building, has made the library trustees look for ways to better utilize its current location. Details regarding the use of the Senior Center, located at the Plattekill Public Library, will be decided by a collaboration between the library trustees and the Plattekill Golden Seniors group.
The Town of Plattekill 2020 budget planning continues
The Town Board is hard at work ironing out details of the 2020 Town of Plattekill Budget. All town departments have submitted their budget “wish lists” to the Town Clerk. The Town Board will meet with the heads of each department over the next few weeks in order to create a tentative budget. Copies of the tentative budget will be available to residents at the Town Hall by the end of October.
According to Supervisor Joseph Croce, the creation of the 2020 Town of Plattekill Budget has proved to be the hardest of his career as Town Supervisor. Due to increases in health insurance, wages and other factors, the 2020 tentative budget currently includes a 1.81% tax increase for residents. Supervisor Croce stressed that the budget is still tentative. The Town Board and Town department heads will continue to evaluate the upcoming budget. Supervisor Croce publicly thanked the members of the Town Board, and Town Clerk Barbara Dawes for their hard work during this budget season. The Town of Plattekill 2020 budget vote is scheduled for the November 6 Town Board meeting.
The next Town of Plattekill Town Board meeting will be held on October 16 at the Plattekill Town Hall.