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Dollar General, new sidewalk, back in G’town’s sights


GERMANTOWN–The Dollar General retail store proposed for Route 9G just north of the Main Street intersection was scheduled to come back before the Planning Board Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

Supervisor Joel Craig announced this development at the Monday, June 22 Town Board meeting.

Five months have passed since Primax Properties, LLC, presented its plans to the board. These were busy months, to all evidence, for Primax and its engineers, Mercurio Norton Tarelli Marshall in Pine Bush.

The new site plan moves the building slightly on the property, in an effort to minimize visual impact of the building. Architectural features have been added, to provide less than 50 feet of unbroken façade. All building finishes have been proposed as earth tones, following town zoning law guidelines.

Primax has engaged an “independent archeologist” to complete a Phase 1A Archeological Study of the site, engineer Lawrence Marshall said in a letter to the Planning Board. When that study is complete, an environmental consultant will study the undocumented fill previously on the site, Mr. Marshall wrote.

A lot remains to be done, Mr. Marshall acknowledged, but Primax would like to get feedback from the board on the building and its location while the studies requested are under way.

In other business at the June 22 meeting:

  • The Town Board awarded the contract for the long-planned sidewalk job to A. Colarusso & Son, Inc. of Greenport, whose bid of $1,387,373 was just $900 higher than the engineer’s estimate. Other bidders were Arnold Construction of Jamaica, NY at $1,439, 986 and Keller & Sons of Castleton at $1,491,055
  • Delaware Engineering, DPC received authorization to apply via the state Consolidated Funding Application for a study grant of $50,000 for a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan
  • The board banned unauthorized fireworks in town parks. As of June 1, novelty fireworks (sparklers, poppers) are legal in New York State, though each county decides whether or not to sell them. Columbia County does permit their sale and this new town law nixes the use of those items that are purchased elsewhere
  • The Lions Club was given general approval to use Palatine Park September 19 for the annual Apple Festival; details remain to be worked out
  • Registration deadline for Camp Palatine is Saturday, June 27; the final sign-up time is June 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Town Hall
  • The annual Independence Day Celebration is Saturday, July 4 (rain date July 5). Gates open at 4 p.m. for food, music and children’s activities; fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for walkers, free for kids under 3 and $15 per vehicle if parking at the event grounds.

The next town board meeting is Monday, July 27.



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