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Town of Chatham, New York
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Town of Chatham, New York
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Contact: Abi Mesick & Jeanne Bowerman
Town of Chatham, NY
CHATHAM SEEKS INPUT ON COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE
CHATHAM, NY May 20, 2021 – The Town of Chatham is hosting a public meeting to discuss ideas and suggestions as part of an update to the town’s Comprehensive Plan. The goal of the meeting, organized by the Comprehensive Plan Update Review Committee (CPURC), will be to identify issues and topics that are most important to the community which need to be addressed in the plan update. The town will be using the input provided at this meeting to develop a community-wide survey which is expected to go out later this summer. The survey will provide people with the ability to weigh-in on a variety of topics and preferred actions to be addressed in the new Comprehensive Plan update.
The public meeting will be held on Saturday, June 5th, 2021 at 3pm at the PS21 Performance Space, 2980 Route 66 in Chatham, New York in a socially-distanced, open-air setting. For those not able to attend in person, the meeting will also be accessible as part of a live online webinar. The details of how to participate in the online webinar will be released closer to the meeting date.
The Town of Chatham’s current Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2009, was the result of a large community effort from many volunteer groups which provided a detailed and thorough vision for the community. Today, more than ten years later, it is time to re-visit this plan and ensure that it still reflects the vision of the people. Although it is anticipated that much of the recommendations of the 2009 plan are still valid, some emerging issues such as solar farms, declining school enrollment, and short-term rentals were not foreseen at the time and may be worth considering today. The town is looking to discuss these and other issues to identify what changes may need to be made to the Comprehensive Plan to update it for the year 2021.
The meeting on Saturday, June 5th will focus on identifying issues and questions which will be used to develop the survey later this summer. Planning consultant Michael Allen of Regrowth Planning, who was hired by the town earlier this year to assist with the process, will be facilitating the discussion. The meeting presentation will include a recap of the 2009 plan, a review of what has changed in the community since then, as well as a series of exercises and discussions about Chatham’s vision for the next ten years.
The Town of Chatham and CPURC invites all residents, business and property owners to join them for this important community meeting, hosted at the scenic and beautiful PS21 performance space. For more information about this meeting, please visit the town website at www.chathamnewyork.us and use the sidebar to navigate to Committees, then Comprehensive Plan Update Review Committee.
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The Town Board and its Climate Smart Committee have agreed on discounted rates and cash incentives with two established community solar providers. In about two minutes, you can cut your electric costs, take advantage of renewable energy, and also get some cash in the mail.
In March 2020, the Climate Smart Committee began working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to find a way for Chatham-area residents to take advantage of decreasing solar generation costs as well as federal and state renewable energy tax subsidies—if you cannot or do not want to install solar panels themselves. Following NYSERDA guidance, the committee interviewed several providers before settling on Delaware River Solar and Astral Power. The Solarize Chatham program is the result. You get to choose whichever company you like best. The cash incentives differ slightly between the two, but both companies offer the same discount. No matter which one you choose, each time a resident signs up, the Town receives an incentive to be used for town climate smart projects.
IMPORTANT: To receive your cash incentive and for the Town to get credit, you must type “Solarize Chatham” in the “Referred By” box for Delaware River Solar and, for Astral power check Community Partner in the "How did you hear about us" field, and type "Solarize Chatham" under "Community Partner".
PARK PLAN DESIGN-2021
K.I.S.S. (Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe)
The Columbia County KISS Program is once again available to seniors in every town in Columbia County. The KISS Program, founded by Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner, stands for Keeping the Identities of Seniors Safe. It was designed to protect the identities of our seniors while assisting them in the shredding of their sensitive materials. Seniors are encouraged to contact their local Town Hall for hours of operation and more information on the program. Justin Weaver, Columbia County Clerk’s Records Services Manager, is overseeing the program and can also be contacted with any questions at 518-822-0143.BINS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE TOWN HALL ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:
1st quarter: March 15-26
2nd quarter: June 7-26
3rd quarter: August 30-Sept 10
4th quarter: November 29-December 10
Time: M-T-TH-F, 8:30AM-4PM
Location: Chatham Town Hall
488 State Route 295,Chatham, NY 12037
For more information, contact the Town Clerk at 518-392-3262