Town Board Meeting and FLAGS !!!                                   7-11-2017


                 WOW !!!   Our Flags for the Valley  Fundraiser is already almost at goal in less than 24 hours!  The "Go Fund Me" page had raised $425.00, and at tonight's meeting, I received another donation from Rocky and Claire Brown. We are almost THERE! New Lebanon will have the Red,White, and Blue waving along Rt. 20 THIS summer!  THANK YOU to all who donated, and I will list the names when we are finished-up. 

                  The Town Board is seriously considering expanding this project with me next year to include more flags in town and some in West Lebanon. What a great sight that will be!  A terrific thing to note is that NYSEG and Fairpoint post the flags for FREE .  They feel it is much safer for them to have experienced linemen with proper equipment do the job, and they're right, of course. Still, it's a kind gesture to the communities. 

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                     Tonight's meeting was long and dry, but that is not a complaint. It's so nice to have meetings that are focused on the business of the town and the good of the community instead of having to address constant corruption. Twenty-three people attended, and that's a great sign, especially since we are beginning to see some faces there that we haven't seen there before. It is SO important to take an interest in your community and local government, and I wish we had more high-school students coming to the meetings. Civics MATTERS. 

                    Another piece of good news is that the Eastwick Press has been saved! An employee of the paper purchased it at the last minute and we can now enjoy a non-biased publication once again.  Jeff Hattat was appointed by the board as Deputy CEO/ZEO tonight. I was thrilled to see that happen, as Jeff is experienced in a number of ways, has lived in New Lebanon as long as I can remember, raised his kids here, has a business here, and is just a great guy. Congratulations, Jeff! 

                     Let's hope we can get a candidate for Town Board that is half as good as Jeff. Dan Evans will not be running again, so we DO have an opening for Town Board this year, and with Jeff Hattat being appointed tonight, we now also have a Zoning Board opening.  The board also voted tonight to increase the number of positions on the  Recreation Comm. from 5 to 7. So if that interests you, send in your info. 

                      Apparently there were several complaints about the noise from the M&M Party last weekend. Despite the town requiring that the music be moved indoors after 10 p.m, it didn't happen, and some residents were kept awake until after 2 a.m.  I never heard a thing and I'm very close, but I guess those who live closer than I do, were NOT happy. I understand their anger, it's hard to get up early in the morning when you were kept awake half the night, and it's another issue similar to the Smoking Ban. We should all be mature enough to think about our neighbors before we do things that will affect them. 

                     We should NOT, EVER need LAWS or REGULATIONS to force us to be considerate of others, especially in a town this small. These things lead to OVER-regulation and loss of freedom, and it is so much easier to just think before we DO.  I didn't like hearing the words, "Noise Ordinance" that I heard tonight, as that is an example of over-regulation. Did you happen to see what happened in Saratoga this week re: the Malta Speedway? Another teeny, tiny group of newcomers and part-timers attempted to limit the track's hours and days of operation due to "Too Much Noise", but they were surprised to find hundreds of track supporters at their meeting, silencing their complaints in favor of a beloved and wholesome sport that they have enjoyed for years. Sound FAMILIAR?  Noise Ordinances are Dangerous, as are most regulations that impede freedom, so if we want to keep those regs OUT, we need to be self-disciplined and considerate. Are you listening, John Dax?

                      Here's something interesting; remember a couple of weeks ago when we had a long-duration outage of our Cable TV Service?  Supervisor Teal told us tonight that Charter has promised a credit to all affected residents, so keep an eye out for that and speak up if you don't get it.  Also, when you call Charter with a question or complaint, make sure you let them know that you are a part of "Charter Legacy", and NOT Spectrum. This is why we have so much trouble getting any assistance when we call, New Lebanon is not yet under Spectrum, and won't be for at least another 18 months.

                    Per the suggestion of a resident at last month's meeting, the Town Board is looking into increasing public service positions from 2 year terms to four year terms. This would include Town Clerk, Supervisor, Highway Super, and a number of other positions, but if passed, it would be at least 2019 before it goes into effect.  It makes sense, since these jobs take a good year to learn, so in effect, the employee or official is really only getting ONE year of being comfortable with the job. Then they either have to run again for the office, or be replaced by someone else who needs a year to learn! In any case, there will be much discussion and of course, a public vote before it happens. Won't be THIS year. 

                    Wondering what is going on with Dunkin Donuts? Well, DOT is the hold-up. They want one entrance and one exit instead of one opening for both purposes. They are also not satisfied with the designated truck turn-around that DD proposed, and they want a "Sidewalk" in front of the building! LOL!!  As if a Dunkin Donuts isn't going to look ridiculous enough in this town, imagine a little, short sidewalk in front of it. It will be the only place in town with a sidewalk and it will look extremely out-of-place. Should be interesting.

                     My step-daughter Michelle, is in the hospital tonight preparing to welcome her first baby. She is a week over-due, so tomorrow, they induce. We will be welcoming Freja Smith to the family.  (Fray-Ya. It's Norse.) Next month, my step-son Kennith and his wife Julie will be welcoming a little boy, Killian Smith, their first. It's funny, because Bob's one grandchild T.J, will be 15 next month, and my grandaughters are 18 and 21. Now we begin all over! (With Joy!) CEO Cissy Hernandez will also become a grandma for the first time next month, and Kevin Smith will be celebrating his first grandchild any day. Is there something in the water?  LOL!!

                    So no, I have not forgotten our Conspiracy Series we've been working on. Joe has sent me SO much information to read through, and I have to do that before I attempt to write about it. Problem is, there is so much to DO, that I haven't had the time or quiet to sit and read ANYTHING.  Fret not, I have no intention of dropping the ball on this. 

                     Again, sincere thanks to all who have helped to build the Flag Fund , I am SO pleased!  Sleep Well, New Lebanon!       JJ

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      My heart and prayers go out to the Slattery Family at this awful time. May God give them comfort.
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