By George McHugh
Coeymans Town Supervisor
With summer upon us and autumn right around the corner, the town board and staff are hard at work with several projects underway and other projects on the drawing board and being planned.
Construction at the Coeymans Landing Riverfront Park has commenced and is proceeding on schedule, with stormwater mitigation, improved drainage, and a more functional park as our primary goals. Soon, residents and visitors of Coeymans will enjoy a new and improved park on the Hudson River, with over $1,500,000 in improvements being made thanks in large part to grant monies received from the state.
And as our Riverfront Park receives a much-needed facelift, the town board and town engineers are putting the finishing touches on the construction plans for permanent bathroom facilities for both the Coeymans Landing Park as well as Joralemon Park, to be constructed later this year. The funds for the new bathroom facilities are coming from the American Rescue Plan funds that the town received in 2021 and 2022 from the federal government.
The town’s expansion of broadband internet infrastructure in Coeymans Hollow and our more rural areas of Coeymans remains on schedule as State Telephone continues to install new broadband fiber along Starr Road and Bushendorf Road. It is anticipated that all homes on both roads will be hooked up to the new fiber by Oct. 1, 2022.
And Mid-Hudson Cablevision is continuing its work to install fiber along Lindskoog Road and the surrounding area, to ensure that the homes in this part of Coeymans enjoy high-speed internet.
The goal of providing reliable, high-speed internet to all properties within the town shall remain a top priority of this administration until 100% broadband coverage throughout Coeymans is achieved.
In addition to high-speed internet, water and sewer infrastructure sits atop our list of priorities. Last month, under the supervision of the town engineer and the Coeymans Wastewater Treatment Plant’s chief operator, and with funding received from a grant from the state, all sewer lines in the Hamlet Sewer District and Route 9W area were televised to identify broken pipes and groundwater infiltration. This information will now be used to prepare a detailed engineering report, which will serve as the basis for several grant applications totaling millions of dollars for the replacement of our aging sewer system as well as upgrades to our pump stations and wastewater treatment facility.
The town board is also working closely with Albany County and local investors to expedite the foreclosure process on some of our abandoned and rundown “zombie properties,” so they may be restored or replaced, and brought back on the tax rolls.
As Coeymans looks to the future, the town board continues to work on plans to replace its aged, outdated and inadequate Town Hall building with a new state-of-the-art building, which will be compliant in all respects with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Office of Court Administration.
Thankfully, through smart budgeting and conservative fiscal spending by the current administration, Coeymans residents enjoy a healthy fund balance, which will serve us well as we can anticipate paying at least 50% of the cost of a new Town Hall with savings rather than borrowing. With proper budgeting and planning, together with the growth of our tax base, it is anticipated there will be no effect on the current town tax rate as a result of the construction of a new Town Hall building.
The town of Coeymans tax rate, at only $2.68 per thousand dollars of assessed value, continues to be the lowest property taxes currently paid by Coeymans residents and businesses, and one of the lowest tax rates in the history of Coeymans, while services such as the Coeymans Police, ambulance, paramedics, code enforcement, a justice court, and a sheriff’s substation continue to protect and serve our community.
As we wind our way through the summer months, please enjoy the Evenings on the Green Band Concerts and Farmers Market, hosted this year in Joralemon Park. The Ravena Friendship Festival at Mosher Park will be Aug. 27, and the Coeymans RiverFest will be at the new and improved Coeymans Landing Park on Sept. 10, with a parade, car show, vendors and fireworks displayed from a barge in the middle of the Hudson River. Please come out in the coming weeks and enjoy all that our town has to offer.
Thank you for the honor and privilege of being able to continue to serve as your town supervisor. God Bless all of you, and God Bless the town of Coeymans.