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Snow scuttles town’s egg hunt but not Sunday breakfast

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HILLSDALE–The Town Board met this month on March 20, because weather caused the board to reschedule its regular session from the previous week. The meeting featured a series of reports from town officials and committee chairs.

Joe Hanselman, Jr., president of the Hillsdale Fire Company, cited a problem with parked cars in front of hydrants despite “No Parking” signs. He identified two specific areas: the Milk Pond Apartments on Anthony Street Extension., where there two dry hydrants are located approximately 20 feet off the driveway, and on Herrington Road.

Mr. Hanselman said he has had “several conversations” with the county Sheriff’s Office, requesting more frequent patrols of those areas.

Mr. Hanselman, who also serves as town tax collector, reported a “90%” compliance rate on property tax collection, which he called “impressive.” The town has nearly 1,600 taxable parcels. The official tax collection deadline is March 31, although towns may seek an extension through May 31.

The town’s Easter Egg Hunt is a casualty of recent snowstorms. Councilmember Jill Sims-Elster announced that the event would be cancelled this year. She noted it is the first time the egg hunt has been cancelled due to weather.

The Hillsdale Fire Company is holding its annual Palm Sunday Brunch March 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the firehouse. It’s an “all-you-can-eat” affair. Tickets are $10/adults, $4/children ages 4-10. Children aged 3 years and younger eat for free.

Town Supervisor Peter Cipkowski reported on a meeting with county transportation officials, who want to create a database of roads that tend to flood and to “rejuvenate” the Adopt a Highway program.

Mr. Cipkowski also reported on a collaborative culvert project intended to improve water flow throughout the county. The partnership of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties and Trout Unlimited are targeting the towns of Hillsdale, Taghkanic and Copake.

The supervisor said the project would benefit Hillsdale by allowing the town’s Highway Department “to move forward with culvert management in a timely, prioritized manner.” The study will run for 15 months and is underwritten by a $105,000 grant.

The next board meeting is Tuesday, April 10, 7 pm.

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