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Ghent preps for battery powered motorists


GHENT–At last week’s meeting Town Board members agreed to go forward with plans to put in an electric car charging station in the Village of Chatham. Ghent will be responsible for the installation and maintenance of the charging station at Depot Square, which will have the capacity to charge two electric cars at the same time.

The town of Chatham and the village are planning a second, similar charging station in the municipal parking lot near the Tracy Memorial Village Hall.

The state has multiple initiatives to encourage the purchase and use of electric vehicles. Charge NY aims to ready the state to accommodate more than 30,000 plug-in electric vehicles by 2018 by installing over 3,000 charging stations across the state. Additionally, programs like the Drive Clean Rebate offer a point-of-sale rebate toward the purchase or lease of an electric car.

The next step in the process of installation for the Depot Square charging station involves signing an agreement with the Village of Chatham, issuing a request for proposals (RFP) and obtaining approval from the state to move forward. The Ghent Town Board hopes that the charging station will be installed and available to drivers no later than November.

In other town news discussed at the August 17 monthly meeting:

• Ghent will hold its bicentennial celebrations in the new year, as it celebrates the formation of the town 200 years ago, April 3, 2018. Councilwoman Patti Matheney, who heads the committee for bicentennial events, said the committee welcomes suggestions, stories, photos, and anything else related to Ghent’s history that local residents wish to submit.

To recognize the event, the bicentennial committee will put together a commemorative journal filled with photos and stories of the history of Ghent. Advertising will be sold to local businesses, with the proceeds going towards the funding of bicentennial events

• Highway Superintendent Benjamin Perry said the bridge on the Harlemville Road will be closed completely for four to six weeks, with repairs expected to begin in the middle of September.

As for the Angel Hill Road bridge, aside from two visits from engineers to assess the damages, no further progress has been made on its repairs or reopening

• The board appointed Christopher Keefe a member of the Zoning Review Committee.

The next Town Board Meeting will be September 21 at 7 p.m. at the Ghent Town Hall on Route 66.

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