CHESTERTOWN At the public hearing before the Town of Chester August board meeting regarding the possible renaming of the Municipal Center, a compromise position was adopted by the board. This was endorsed by the family and many friends of Marv Cole present. The auditorium will become the Marv Cole Auditorium with a prominent plaque on the outside of the building. Not changing the name of the entire building will save the town expense and also will not leave out the many volunteers who worked with Cole to save the building.
There was also a public hearing on the variance application for a new waste water system on the Sweet property on Friends Lake. The property owner, typical of many on the lake, has a sub-standard lot from years ago before there were minimum lot sizes. There is a 60 year old cesspool that might leak into the lake at any time, although there is no surface evidence at present. In an attempt to rectify the situation, Sweet wants setback variances to install a new system. Like many others, his property is not big enough to honor all the distance setbacks from streams, the lake and wetlands, but a new system would be an improvement over what exists now. Board members asked him and his engineering consultant to research all possible alternatives first and report back in September. Neighbors support the variance application.
Youth Co-ordinator Nicole Howe, sadly reported the theft of the play station from the youth center. The board agreed to add deadbolt locks to the facility. Meanwhile, the youth program thrives, with more than a full bus signed up for the Bronx Zoo trip in September.
A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. before the regularly scheduled monthly meeting Sept. 11 to cover the changes to the Pottersville Water District.