Shawangunk summer camps to open

By RICK REMSNYDER
Posted 4/7/21

Kids and parents alike will be happy with the news that the Town of Shawangunk’s Summer Camp will return this year.

After the camp was closed last summer due to the pandemic, the town board …

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Kids and parents alike will be happy with the news that the Town of Shawangunk’s Summer Camp will return this year.

After the camp was closed last summer due to the pandemic, the town board approved the opening of the Summer Camp for 2021 at its April 1 meeting. It will start on July 6 and run for six weeks through Aug. 13.

“The kids really want to have fun and play and we’re trying to do our part to bring up the morale of the kids,” Supervisor John Valk said. “It’s been very successful and we have some great employees. They spend time learning about nature and such. We’re looking forward to having it again.”

The Summer Camp will be held at Verkeerderkill Park again this year and the town has added Galeville Park as another site.

“We have a nice pavilion there and bathrooms,” Valk said of Galeville Park.

Town board member Adrian DeWitt, chairman of the town recreation committee, unveiled the new rates for 2021.

For the first child in the family of town residents, the rate would be $425 for the six-week program. A second child would cost $375 and a third child would be charged $250. The fourth child could attend for free.

For non-residents, the rates would start at $500 for the first child. The rates for additional kids would be $475 for the second child, $400 for the third child and $200 for the fourth child.

Campers age 4 through 12 are welcome to attend. There is limited space for the camp so campers will be accepted on a first-come basis.

Residents can get information about the camp on the town website at www.shawangunk.org. Information will also be available on the town’s Facebook page or by visiting the town hall at 14 Central Ave., Wallkill.

The town voted to hire a part-time employee in the town’s building department to assist long-time building inspector/code enforcement officer George Sawyer. The new employee Ahren Robertson of New Paltz would start at $18.50 an hour.

Valk said Robertson was working part-time for the village of New Paltz, but was looking for more hours.

The board voted unanimously to approve Robertson, who will serve a 12-month probationary period.

The town also agreed to renew the lease for office space for Assemblyman Brian Miller. The office is located on the first floor of the town hall.

Valk reported that the town filed its annual financial report to the office of State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

Total revenues for the town in 2020 were listed at $2,848,141. That was an increase of slightly more than $42,000 from the previous year largely due to an increase of over $234,000 in state aid. Real property taxes rose slightly from $1,523,155 in 2019 to $1,552,402 in 2020.

The largest 2020 expenditure was for the town’s police force at $781,368, down from 2019’s total of $849,225.

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