GERMANTOWN—The Columbia County Office for the Aging is conducting a survey of the elderly in the county with the aim of developing policies to provide helpful services.
Town Clerk Joyce Vale made this announcement at the May 19 meeting of the Town Board. An OFA staff member said after the meeting that the survey focuses in particular on transportation: where elderly residents need to go and how they might be taken there.
The survey is not available online; those interested can pick up a copy at Town Hall, 50 Palatine Park Road, or at the OFA office, 325 Columbia Street, Hudson; or have one mailed by calling OFA, 518 828-4258. Surveys are due back to OFA by Thursday, June 5.
The board also did the following business, as reported by Kay Abraham, who attended the meeting:
•Approved hiring the following for the town’s summer camp program: Sharon Nordfors and Tammy Lyons as preschool camp directors, and as camp counselors: Morgan Lynk, Emily Palmieri, Kylie Helsley, Chris McCullough, Logan Mead, Collin Lynk, Tyler Fuchs, Alexandra Braidt, Hunter Jackson and Richard Howarth. Applications for Summer Camp Palatine are on the town’s website, germantownny.org
•Approved the preparation of a grant application by Delaware Engineering, PC, of Albany for a formal study of a comprehensive long-term solution for the town’s water treatment plant. The goal is to apply for any state and federal funding for what will be an expensive project. This is more than a repair project, said Supervisor Joel Craig; it is a comprehensive solution for the ailing water treatment plant
•Approved having town engineers Greenman-Pederson, Inc., draw up plans to rebuild the Maple Avenue portion of the town’s sewer line. With an engineering plan in hand, the town will request bids for the work. The goal is to complete the work as soon as possible
•Heard from resident Peter Fingar, who owns an apartment building on Maple Avenue, that is at the center of the sewer problems. Mr. Fingar reported that his tenants had no septic or sewer service and urged the town to act immediately.
Reached Wednesday, Mr. Craig said that the tenants’ sewer was down for a day and then repaired. “The problem is, it will break again,” he said. Greenman-Pederson was scheduled to survey the site on Wednesday and proceed from there. “It’s an ongoing problem, and now we’ll fix it correctly,” said Mr. Craig.
The next town board meeting is Monday, June 23 at 7 p.m.