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Moving forward: Warrensburg’s solar generation, bandstand reconstruction & sewer upgrade projects

Solar panels behind the Town of Chester Municipal center soak up sun and generate electricity to power the complex — with the excess power being fed into the regional power grid. The town has a variety of such installations which are expected to save taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars per year. Following Chester's lead, the town of Warrensburg is embarking on a project to erect various solar arrays to both save expenses and to minimize local government's carbon footprint.

Solar panels behind the Town of Chester Municipal center soak up sun and generate electricity to power the complex — with the excess power being fed into the regional power grid. The town has a variety of such installations which are expected to save taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars per year. Following Chester's lead, the town of Warrensburg is embarking on a project to erect various solar arrays to both save expenses and to minimize local government's carbon footprint. Photo by Thom Randall.

• A letter was read from resident Anna Busser, citing concerns about how the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce has refused to accept non-commercial entities or individuals as members. Busser, a member of the Greater Warrensburg Business Alliance, has been actively advocating a sustainable local economy. Busser and the Alliance conducted the recent Buy Local Warrensburg campaign that was a resounding success.

Geraghty expressed concern that the Chamber was not inclusive in its membership policies.

“Considering that the Chamber receives public funding, we need to find out what’s going on and resolve this,” he said.

• Local resident James S. Hull, a former Warrensburg fire chief, was re-appointed to the town Board of Assessment Review, with a term beginning Oct. 1, 2013 and expiring Sept. 30, 2018. Robert F. Kladis was appointed as a post of Temporary/Alternate member of the same board for a one-year term beginning Oct. 1, 2013.

• The town’s annual organizational meeting was set for 7 p.m. Thursday Jan. 2, which features the swearing-in of new or re-elected town officials. A town board meeting was also scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday Dec. 30 to pay the final 2013 warrants and to conduct vital year-end business.

• A motion was approved to hire David F. Barrass of Corinth to provide surveying services at a cost of $1,800 in connection with the grant-funded project to rehabilitate the Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand, the town’s most prominent symbol.

• The board voted to sell outdated radio equipment used by the town’s highway, water and sewer departments, because the equipment is no longer compatible with current technology and the municipal frequencies specified by state authorities.

• A resolution was adopted to accept a transfer of a strip of land about 12 feet wide and 190 feet long beside the site of Hudson Headwater Health Network’s Warrensburg Health Center now under development. The strip is beside the Tucker building and allows access to the pharmacy drive-through window at the complex. Accepting the land is subject to a permissive referendum.

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