2019 was a successful year for the Town of Crawford.
One of the major highlights was that the town received a $2.3 million grant for a water supply project in the Hamlet of Pine Bush. This grant supports a project that includes the installation of a nearly two-mile-long pipeline to connect wells on county-owned land in Crawford to water mains on the outskirts of the Pine Bush Water District. This project would improve the area’s water supply. Crawford Town Supervisor Charles Carnes hopes the project will be completed by the end of 2020.
In 2019, the Town of Crawford completed new park facilities and adopted new equipment for its highway department. The year also saw the completion of the walking trail expansion. Main Street in Pine Bush has been revitalized, sporting many new businesses. Downtown Pine Bush has very few vacancies.
Though the town accomplished a lot in 2019, Carnes noted that he was disappointed that the town board did not revitalize Bullville. The town did not receive the $125,000 revitalization grant from former New York State Senator Bill Larkin’s office, which was to be used to pay for the improvements. The revitalization includes plans for sidewalks, benches, historical lighting, a four-way clock, landscaping and street signs at the intersection of New York State Route 17K and New York State Route 302 in Bullville. Carnes added that the town board will work to revitalize Bullville.
“We will definitely be up there in 2020,” he said.
Carnes’ plan to improve Crawford moving forward is simple.
“[We have to] just keep doing what we’re doing,” he said.
Carnes added that the town’s taxes increase very little each year. In October he announced that the 2020 Town of Crawford budget is below the New York State property tax cap for the eighth consecutive year. Due to this, town residents will be eligible for any New York State tax credit reimbursements. The tax increase for 2020 is a measly .987 percent. Water rates only increased from $9.59 per unit in 2019 to $10 per unit in 2020.
The town supervisor noted that over the course of his next term he will continue to promote the town’s parks and businesses.
“[I plan] to keep taxes under control and bring more businesses to town,” Carnes said.