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Ghent plows ahead with solar panels to power garage


GHENT—At its regular meeting February 27 the Town Board approved $2,748.88 in funding toward the installation of photovoltaic panels at the town highway garage by PlugPV LLC of Albany. This will complete the solar installation project for which the town had previously been awarded a $35,000 grant from NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities Program.

NYSERDA is the state Energy Research and Development Authority. According to the town minutes from April of last year, the grant was to “fund lighting efficiency upgrades for its municipal buildings” in addition to the installation of photovoltaic panels at the highway garage.

Also at the February 27 meeting, Town Attorney Matthew Cabral advised the board that due to rising costs the town is required to publish a formal bid advertisement for the furnishing, construction and installation of entryway improvements to the West Ghent Community Center.

Interested parties may obtain specifications from the Town Clerk. Bids should be submitted to the town clerk on or before March 9 at 10 a.m.

Purchase of an All Season Dump Body from Zwack Inc. in Stephentown for $41,395 was approved by the board, as was the renewal of a shared services agreement with the state Department of Transportation for another four years under the same terms as the expiring agreement.

Following the submission of numerous letters and a petition to reduce the speed limit along county Route 21 from Garage Place Road to County Route 21B, the board has resolved that the reduction is warranted and would improve safety. The board will submit the resolution and its request to the Columbia County Department of Public Works and the county Traffic Safety Board.

In an effort to publicly commemorate the sacrifice and courage of Purple Heart recipients in the community the board passed a resolution to designate the Town of Ghent an official Purple Heart Town. The resolution will be sent to the office of Senator Daphne Jordan (R-43rd) for submission to the National Purple Heart coordinator.

In other business:

• The board voted to amend its current fee schedule to include a Modified Site Plan fee in the amount of $250, applicable to all applications presented to the Planning Board as of February 27

• After 35 years of service Dog Control Officer Wes Powell will retire as of March 31

• The board is currently seeking interested community members to participate in or chair various town committees. Committees include Agricultural Advisory, Building & Facilities, Climate, Community Pride, Economic Development, Preservation, Rail Trail, Recreation, and others. For a complete list, visit, or contact the town clerk.

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