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Historian Riter honored by Germantown


GERMANTOWN—The Germantown Town Board honored Marguerite Riter, historian emeritus, this week. “Many years ago, when I hadn’t been in town very long,” Supervisor Joel Craig recalled, “I stopped by Marguerite’s office and we had a long chat. Her knowledge was encyclopedic,” and she was happy to share it, he said.

Current town historian Susan Raab presented Ms. Riter with flowers at the Monday, June 23 board meeting, thanking her for “turning your memories into the memories of the town.”

Ms. Riter said she had hoped to see former supervisor George Sharpe at the meeting. “He appointed me town historian, and I enjoyed that job more than anything else I’ve ever done,” she said.

Reached Tuesday, Mr. Sharpe, who was supervisor from 1978 to 2001, said, “I’m so glad they honored her.” He continued, “What a work engine she’s been, and so great for Germantown. In order to give the best, most accurate historical answer, Ms. Riter formed a committee that she called her team, said Mr. Sharpe. “She would say, ‘I don’t always know the answer, but my team does.’”

In other business, the board:

Reminded residents that the deadline for registration for Camp Palatine is Tuesday, July 1. Registration forms can be downloaded from the town’s website,, or picked up at Town Hall, 50 Palatine Park Road

Heard from Councilman Matthew Phelan that “things are falling into place” for the town’s Independence Day celebration, which begins at 4 p.m. Friday, July 4, and concludes with fireworks at dark. “We could use eight more volunteers so that all volunteers can also enjoy the day,” said Mr. Phelan. Vendors are lined up, along with games for children and people to direct car parking

Heard Mr. Craig read a letter from a resident in praise of Germantown police officer Joshua DuBois, who was first on the scene at a medical emergency in the resident’s home. “His help was greatly appreciated,” wrote the resident. “He is a fine example of a well-trained police officer.”

Approved hiring Harkins Mechanical & Construction in Hudson to make five top-priority repairs costing $32,700 to the wastewater treatment plant. George Sharpe Jr., sewer plant operator, reported that he received bid requests from seven contractors. Three visited the plant and one made a bid. “It’s good,” said Mr. Sharpe, “because I think he’s the man.” Harkins installed the sewer plant some 17 years ago and is interested in it, said Mr. Sharpe

Heard from Mary Beth Bianconi, senior project manager at Delaware Engineering in Albany, about the town’s grant application to New York State for planning and engineering for a new wastewater treatment plant. The town has applied for $30,000, the maximum available, and must match whatever funds it receives with 20%. The town can expect a decision about the grant around Halloween, said Ms. Bianconi. The funds would arrive in 2015 and planning take only a few months she said, so the town is looking at construction in 2016

Learned that Supervisor Craig had met with engineers on the sidewalk project earlier this month. The right-of-way process is complete with all properties but one, which goes before a judge next month. “That will wrap it up,” said Mr. Craig. The project will go out for bids in September and October, with construction planned for the spring of 2015. “We’re crawling in the right direction,” said Mr. Craig about the decades-old project

Adjourned to an executive session lasting of about 15 minutes to discuss an employee’s compensation. The board took no action during the executive session or after it.

All board members and an audience of about a dozen attended the meeting. The next board meeting is Monday, July 28 at 7 p.m.


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