BY JENNA HUTCHINS
It was a quiet night Tuesday when the Stony Point Town Board voted to approve the maintenance of four properties in Stony Point and Tomkins Cove, as well as informed the public on the progress of the pool, golf course and installation of a cell tower. Supervisor Geoffrey Finn believes the meeting may have been the first in his nearly 10 years on the board where nobody spoke during the public comments session.
Several areas in Stony Point were given the official vote to begin property maintenance. The three properties are located at 5 Stubbe Drive, 29 Dickens Street, and 4 Thunder Mt. Road. A fourth property was approved at 35 James Street in Tomkins Cove. Finn assured residents that the clean up has no cost to taxpayers. The board will notify the owners of the property, whether a resident or the bank, asking for them to clean their property. At that point if a property is still in disarray, the board will hire someone to come in and do maintenance, such as mowing lawns and fixing fences. The charge will be applied to the tax bill of the property owner. Residents will not need to contribute a dime to ensure their neighborhoods are clean and orderly.
Michael Sheridan, an associate of Snyder & Snyder, LLP asked the Board to approve the construction of a SMSA Wireless Telecommunications Tower in Stony Point. Resident Susan Filgueras raised concerns regarding the impact of surrounding areas. Sheridan assured residents that the impact would be minimal, with no significant affect on run off. The Board chose to delay further decisions on the tower until it could review revised maps and consult with a lawyer regarding additions to the contract. As long as conditions are reasonable, the board may include them in the decision.
The meeting also included updates on the public pool and local gold course. The Patriot Hills Golf Course has been bringing in great business from golfers all over the tri-state area. Although it has been difficult to maintain the grass due to the lack of rain, the grounds crews have been working hard to keep the fields green. And in other news about the water in town, the local pool has been shut down for the summer after seeing many residents for the season.
The short meeting was concluded in honor of Shirley Ryder, a recently passed Stony Point resident who was greatly involved in the community.