At the December meeting of the Claverack Town Council, the Town of Claverack became Columbia County’s first Purple Heart Community, joining other municipalities across the country along the symbolic Purple Heart Trail.
As a Purple Heart Community, Claverack pays tribute to our nation’s military service members who have been injured or killed in combat.
New York State Senator Daphne Jordan was on hand at the meeting to present the Town Board with a Senate Proclamation.
“This is a special honor for Claverack to be able to formally thank and pay tribute to our wounded military members,” said Claverack Supervisor Kippy Weigelt. “I thank Senator Jordan for her support of this program and her leadership on this and other veteran programs and issues. Most importantly, I thank all of our Purple Heart heroes – living and passed – for their service and great sacrifice.”
Senator Jordan’s office is working closely with local governments all across the 43rd Senate District in encouraging more localities to become Purple Heart Communities to help recognize the courage and sacrifice of the men and women of America’s armed forces.
To learn more about becoming a Purple Heart Community, e-mail Senator Jordan’s office at email@example.com.
The Town of Claverack has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), recognizing its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally.
Announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in August 2016, the Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local government leaders across the state by providing grants to eligible municipalities to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities.
The Town of Claverack received the designation for completing four of 10 possible high-impact clean energy actions identified by NYSERDA as part of the Clean Energy Communities initiative.
“We are so proud the Town of Claverack has achieved this designation. It will allow us to become more aware of energy efficiencies, lower are utility costs and take advantage of the technical support now available to our Town when working on future projects,” said Supervisor Kippy Weigelt.
“Congratulations to the Town of Claverack for making this important step towards a cleaner and more renewable energy future,” said Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA.
To earn the Clean Energy Community designation, the Town of Claverack completed the following high-impact clean energy actions:
Clean Energy Community Coordinators are available at no charge to help communities develop and prioritize clean energy goals, access easy-to-use resources such as guidance documents and case studies, and take advantage of available funding and technical assistance opportunities.
For more information on Clean Energy Communities, visit www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec. Local government officials or employees can find contact information for their respective coordinator here for assistance navigating the program.
Claverack taxpayers will see their third straight year of tax cuts in 2020 under the watchful eye and conservative budgeting practices of Town Supervisor Kippy Weigelt, Deputy Town Supervisor Steve Hook and fiscally conservative members of the Claverack Town Board.
The 2020 budget contains a tax decrease of 1.9%, the largest tax cut for Claverack taxpayers in recent history, and is more than $58,000 under the New York State Tax Cap.
The budget contains $2.7-million in spending.
While the budget includes significant cost savings to Claverack taxpayers, it also includes several upgrades and increases to meaningful town programs and services.
The budget includes a 2% raise to payroll and increases in the minimum wage. It also contains funding for assessment re-evaluation with the County, includes funding for additional park maintenance and repair costs and increases spending on senior programs.
“We’re focused on doing more with less,” said Town Supervisor Kippy Weigelt. “It’s not an easy job cutting the budget, but our taxpayers are at their limit. They need relief. We’ve done the hard work they elected us to do and we’re doing it without cutting services.”
The Town of Claverack has been able to control expenses through increased efficiencies, including consolidation of town positions and job duties, sharing services with other municipalities and creating a long term capital spending plan. At the same time, the town has made improvements and upgrades to infrastructure, town parks and highway equipment.
Our first significant winter storm of the year is expected to impact Claverack Sunday and Monday.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the entire area through Monday evening.
Snow is expected to begin late morning/mid-day on Sunday. We'll likely see snow taper off for a time Sunday night, then pick back up again on Monday.
Travel will be difficult Sunday evening, and during the Monday morning commute. Please plan your travel accordingly.
The holidays are coming and our local small businesses here in Claverack and beyond are counting on our support. Shopping local helps to support our local economy. Our local small business owners donate more to local non-profits and community organizations than the big retailers. Supporting local businesses helps the entire community!
This Christmas, make an effort to shop local..
Need a gift certificate for a great meal and night out... how about High Falls Pizzeria & Tap House in Philmont?
How about an updated family portrait by Photo-Art by Ken Bovat?
Need some light catering for a meal or holiday party... how about Mcnan's Variety Foods in Philmont (they're great!)?
Looking for a great gift for the gardener in your family? Visit AgwayNY in the hamlet.
Planning an evening out with a group? Let Michael S Johnston LLC's party bus transport you in style.
Choose Claverack Package Store / Wine and Spirits or Olde York Farm: Distillery & Cooperage for that perfect bottle of cheer!
Engraved gifts available from Next Gen Signs Inc and beautiful pieces of custom made furniture from KyTa Custom Furniture.
Let Ginsberg's Foods help with delicious food for your holiday get together.
This is just a sampling of the small businesses out there. There's lots here in Claverack and beyond.
SHOP LOCAL THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON!
Claverack property owners wishing to pay their 2018 taxes early, pursuant to NYS Executive Order 172, may do so in person at the Town Office on Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, or by mail – postmarked no later than December 31, 2017.
For additional information, contact the Town Office at 518-672-7911, Ext 100. To view/download your 2018 tax bill, visit the town website: www.townofclaverack.com
CLAVERACK CONTINUES TO FIND EFFICIENCY IN CONSOLIDATION
We continue to consolidate and streamline town operations, the latest being in the town's Building Department. In the past, Claverack – like many other towns, has maintained separate Building Inspector and town Code Enforcement Officer positions. This year however, recognizing the opportunity to improve efficiency and bring down costs, we've consolidated those two positions into one single position, and named James "Jay" Trapp to the new Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer position. The consolidation will save approximately 30 hours per week in salary costs. Read More.
LINDA LAVIN OF 'ALICE' AND ACTOR-HUSBAND TO OPEN RESTAURANT IN CLAVERACK
In the 1970s and 1980s, actress Linda Lavin played a diner waitress in the popular sitcom “Alice.” Today, she plans to open a restaurant in Claverack with her husband. Read More.
CLAVERACK REPUBLICANS PLAN ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
The Claverack Republican Club will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 15 at the Claverack Town Park, off Church Street, Mellenville. The grounds will open at 10 a.m. with the hunts getting underway at 11 a.m., rain, snow or sun. Admission is free. Read More.
BROADBAND UPDATE - MAPS RELEASED
We continue to stay engaged in the effort to expand and improve broadband coverage, and to keep you informed on the progress being made. Recently, the County Broadband Committee posted coverage maps for each municipality in the county. For all the latest information related to broadband, including the new maps for Claverack, click here.
ATTENTION CLAVERACK VETERANS - SPORTSMEN'S CLUB PLANS APPRECIATION EVENT
In appreciation for their service, Veterans are invited to attend a fun filled day at the range for no charge. Read More.
Claverack Town Supervisor Kippy Weigelt has announced plans for a new and improved website for residents of the Town of Claverack.
The website will include new features such as an expandable calendar of town meetings and community events, an area for prominent display of information related to emergencies and public safety bulletins, and a directory of town businesses.
Users will be able to easily view and access important documents and information on the site, such as meeting minutes, local codes and laws, assessment rolls, and public notices from any computer or mobile device, including smartphones and tablets.
The site will also include access to the Columbia County Special Needs Registry; a program designed to aide emergency responders in identifying, locating, and assisting senior citizens and residents with special needs who may have a life or safety concern in the event of a mass power outage, natural disaster, or other large-scale emergency.
“The new website will improve access to town information and services for all residents, including our senior citizens,” said Supervisor Kippy Weigelt. “We put the project out to bid and were able to lower the cost significantly from original estimates,” Weigelt added.
The project will be overseen by Town Clerk Mary Jeanne Hoose, with Deputy Town Supervisor Stephen Hook assisting with collection of information from town departments for the new website. Town Councilman Brian Keeler will facilitate development of the Emergency Services section of the website, including acting as liaison to the Columbia County Special Needs Registry.
The new website is expected to be available online by May.
The Claverack Town Board recently recognized William "Bill" Blaauw with a community service award. Bill has been a big part of the Claverack and Philmont communities for 60 years. He joined the Philmont Fire Company in 1963, rising to the rank of Chief, and serving in the department still today. In addition to multiple terms on the Philmont Village Board of Trustees and the Claverack Town Board, Bill served many years as the Claverack Town Highway Superintendent. After retiring from the highway department, he was re-elected to the Town Board and appointed Deputy Town Supervisor.
As a town official, Bill set a high bar. His common sense approach to decision making and his concern for all issues and residents earned him much respect. We thank him for his many years of service and friendship.
The Town of Claverack Water Department will be flushing hydrants in the Hamlet Water District beginning Wednesday, January 11th and continuing through Friday, January 13th. Residents that are hooked up to the water system may notice slight discoloration during this period. This is due to work being performed by the Town of Greenport, who supplies water to the Claverack Hamlet.
If you experience discoloration of your water, it is recommended that you clear the pipes in your home by running all water faucets for a few minutes.
We regret any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
(NOTE: This is the Claverack Hamlet Water District, NOT the Village of Philmont)