Stony Point to Crack Down on Illegal Dwellings, Seeks Bids for Repairs

By Kaila Amorusi

Stony Point

During the town of Stony Point Board Meeting on March 22, 2022, the town council discussed many upcoming and current situations going on in Stony Point and North Rockland. The first item on the agenda was the Patriot Hills Golf Course that is scheduled to open Friday, March 25th. The town board and legal council are working on finalizing a contract with the McFadden group in order to operate the grill room, half-way house and bring a “new and exciting business with golf simulators and sport’s theme recreation.”

    The town council is also setting up a public hearing to increase fines and penalties for building code violations. Recently, the building department and code informants have discovered many homes in town that have been purchased to be illegally transformed into multifamily residential homes. This illegal practice puts many lives at risk, including First Responders, residents, and negatively impacts home values. The town council asks for anyone who sees such activity to please contact the building department in Supervisor Jim Monaghan’s office. On April 26th, the town will hold a public hearing to amend the town code to increase fines and penalties for building code violations.  A copy of the proposed changes will soon be made available on the town’s website.

    On Saturday, April 23rd, 2022, rain or shine, Stony Point is holding their annual community clean-up sponsored by Keep Rockland Beautiful. The community clean-up starts at 9 AM and ends at 12 PM, meeting at James A. Farley Middle School.
North Rockland is holding its 17th annual 5k run, which doesn’t have a set date yet. The towns of Stony Point and Haverstraw are honoring the victims who lost their lives to Covid-19 and anyone else who has been affected by this horrific pandemic. Any fundraised monies will go to the Stony Point and Haverstraw Ambulance Corps for everything they have done during the pandemic.

    On Crickettown Road, the Penguin Rep. Theater, a small theater that has been affected by Covid-19 and wasn’t able to put on shows due to the pandemic, is making a comeback. From April 2nd-10th, the Penguin Rep. is having an oral premiere, Far From the Home I Love. This performance will be provided in a safe and healthy environment.

    It has been authorized and motioned for the Town Clerk to open a bid for a repair contract for the Patriot Clubhouse roof. The building and grounds department, for the last several years, have been patching the roof, but have now determined that those temporary fixes are no longer effective. The heating and AC systems need to be repaired, as well. It has been authorized and motioned for the Town Clerk to go out to bid for a new or improved HVAC system for the Patriot Hills Clubhouse. The walkways also need repairing.

    During the meeting, Supervisor Jim Monaghan brought up that over 15 years ago, the town was notified that the Letchworth Facility has to be invested in by the town, and it’s 53 years old in service. The town council is going to authorize an engineering firm to do a study and apply for grant funding to see if there’s any funding for this project. The town is in good financial shape but still needs to be smart in how it spends it’s funds.

    To end the meeting, when setting the public hearing to increase the fines and penalties for the illegal code violations, a copy of the proposed changes will soon be available, open for the public on the town’s website.