Thursday, March 14, 2019

With Deadline Approaching, Camp Rav Tov Returns 

At the Rochester town board meeting on Thursday, March 7, Town Supervisor Mike Baden said Rabbi David Rosenberg, director of Camp Machne Rav Tov at 338 Cherrytown Road, Kerhonkson, had forwarded the town a NYS DEC approval, dated March 5, for wastewater plans and specifications that the camp had submitted to the DEC.

The plans concern the construction of a 49,000-gallons-a-day wastewater system at the camp. The DEC approval gives the camp five years to build the system. The camp's engineers and contractors were not named at the meeting.

Rabbi Rosenberg also informed the town that surveyors and engineers had been hired to widen Cherrytown Road near the camp and to add a bus pull-off. The exact location was not given.

Last August, the Ulster County Board of Health, after attempting to close the camp and being overruled by a King's County Court, stated that no further camp permits would be issued until the camp's septic system had been replaced, with a deadline given of April 30, 2019.

Board member Bea Haugen-Depuy enquired as to whether the camp would be open this year. The supervisor said the rabbi had told him that the wastewater project would commence soon and would be completed and approved by the Ulster County Department of Health in time for the camp to be open this season.

Last year the Ulster County Department of Health ordered the camp closed when camp sewer spillage polluted the camp and leaked onto neighboring properties and a trailer park downhill from the camp. The order was overruled by a Kings County Supreme Court in Brooklyn where the Hasidic Satmar owners of the camp are located. The camp then closed at its regular season's end date, a few days later.

The Shawangunk Journal attempted to contact Rabbi Rosenberg and the Ulster County Board of Health to ask whether Camp Rav Tov had applied for a 2019 season permit and the date such an application should be made by. As of publication time the Journal had not received a response from Rabbi Rosenberg or the Board of Health.

Other Matters
The board appointed Zorian Pinsky to complete Larry Dewitt's Planning Board term expiring December, 2021 and Anne Marie Maloney as an alternative member with a term expiring December 2020.

The board created a new non-union employment position, Zoning Coordinator, in the Rochester Building Department. The position will be filled by Rebecca Paddock Strange at a pay rate of $19.64 per hour.

The board accepted the recommendation of the Highway Superintendent Antonino Spano, and appointed Thomas L. Crotty as a Highways Department Seasonal Laborer at a rate of $24.47 an hour. A Seasonal Laborer does not receive benefits or overtime rates.

The Highway Superintendent was authorized to cancel a bid for a Dodge 2500 Utility/Service truck when the vendor was unable to deliver the vehicle. New bids were called for a Dodge 2500 Tradesman, Ford F-25 or Chevrolet 2500 cab 4.4 truck to be delivered before July 1. Bids are to be received by the town clerk by March 25.

Supervisor Baden said the town's new electronic email newsletter would soon be delivered. (On Monday it was.) The newsletter will contain information from all town departments and it would be delivered to subscribers via email in the first week of each month. Subscription is available at: townofrochester.ny.gov/subscribe-to-news/.

The supervisor said the equipment shed at the transfer station is beyond repair and must be replaced by the end of the summer. He suggested a metal framed building with a domed top and said it would soon be presented to the board for discussion.


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