Stop Stewart's Shops Gas -
January 2014 - Historic Wiccopee Hamlet is once again
threatened, from what we've heard the current owner wants to
sell to Stewart's Shops, an out-of-town corporation that
wants to put in a gas station/shop in Historic Wiccopee
Hamlet. We've fought off a gas station before, 10 years ago,
it was a bad idea then and a worse idea now. In that time
we've seen that once ground water is contaminated it never
gets fixed and takes decades all while the residents and
public are exposed to carcinogens. Look at the Shenandoah
Superfund site, after over a decade they finally got water
from Fishkill and we find out that this new water suffers
salt contamination! East Fishkill Precision Superfund site
residents are still awaiting a solution to the water and
vapor contamination caused by TCE water contamination - for
over a decade now!
According to the map submitted to East Fishkill Town Hall,
plans shows a road where the existing general store and
house to the left of it is, obviously the plan is to tear
these historic buildings down and you'd see the backend of a
Stewart's Shop (non-descript, architecturally uninteresting
and insignificant commercial buildings) as you drive into
our quaint Historic Hamlet.
can you do? We need to rally the troops, get the word out
about this to all your friends and neighbors, contact us and
put out signs, write to the Town elected officials, see
Contact's page. Stay informed about news, developments and
attend meetings where possible. Save Wiccopee!
May 15th 2008, we had two very attractive "Welcome to
Historic Wiccopee Hamlet" signs erected at the Hook and
Fishkill Hook Roads entrances to Historic Wiccopee Hamlet
coming in from Rte 52!
photo is at the intersection of Route 52 and Fishkill Hook Rd.
across from Wiccopee Community Church.
Second photo is at
intersection of Route 52 and Hook Rd. With Colonial era former Isaac
Hawks Wagon Shop in the background.
The signs look great and will highlight East Fishkill's
Wiccopee Hamlet that has the Town's highest density and
large number of important homes on the Town's Survey
Historic Structures. We know this will foster pride,
recognition and education of it's Historic significance, and
additional preservation efforts to save and protect this old
Colonial era Hamlet with some structures dating back in to
the 1700's. We have reports some of the timbers in the
houses came from the massive and critical Historic Colonial
Revolutionary War Encampment in Fishkill that was so
important to the success of the American Revolutionary War
(see more at:
http://www.fishkill-historical-focus.org/ ). Wiccopee
Hamlet is an area in East Fishkill that is largely intact as
it was as a thriving Colonial era Hamlet back in the 1800's.
Even before that, the area took it's Wiccopee name from the
Native Americans that lived on it's nurturing and providing
lands. Reports say the Wiccopee Indian tribe at it's peak
numbered around 1,000!
April 11th 2008 -
U.S. Rep. John Hall Announces Congressional Hearing in East
Committee to Focus on Water Pollution and Cleanup Efforts in
Washington, DC –
U.S. Rep. John Hall (D-NY19) announced today that the House
Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water
Resources and the Environment, which Hall serves on, will
hold a special Field Hearing in East Fishkill to examine
water pollution and cleanup in New York's Hudson Valley.
The Field Hearing, entitled "Water Resources Contamination
and Environmental Cleanup in the Hudson Valley," will be
held April 11, 2008 at 9:30am in the East
Fishkill Town Hall.
Meeting minutes and
notes from the East Fishkill Town Board Workshop Meeting -
Jan. 24th 2008 -
A motion to deny the Sagamore Sewer Corporation
rate increase was approved by the East Fishkill Town Board.
Meeting minutes and
notes from the East Fishkill Town Board Workshop Meeting -
We wanted to share with you,
this mock up of a proposed sign to mark the entrances to
Historic Wiccopee Hamlet which is being considered for a
East Fishkill Historic District.
Town of East
Fishkill Swearing-In Ceremony January 3, 2008
East Fishkill held a Swearing-In Ceremony and reorganization
meeting Jan. 3rd. With an introduction by Town Supervisor
John L. Hickman Jr., Donna Reyer a Producer at Cablevision
was the Master of Ceremonies. The National Anthem and many
other patriotic songs were beautifully sung by Theresa Arno
during the evening's events. Twilight Florist provided
carnations for the elected being sworn in as well as
decorative arrangements. Wonderful tasty food was provided
by East Fishkill Provisions. Hopewell Photo Graphics
provided program guides.
Following the swearing-in ceremonies and a break for
refreshments, the Town Board held it's reorganization
meeting where many Town positions were appointed for the
Among the appointees were: Tom Wood - Town Attorney; Scott
Bryance - Town Engineer; Christine Mitchell - Controller;
Ethel Walker - Deputy Supervisor; Robert Karpel -
Chairperson Zoning Board of Appeal; Norma Drummond -
Chairperson Planning Board; David Hall - Planning Board;
Keith Staudohar - Planning Board.
to office by Honorable Michael J. Tomkovitch, Town Justice
Marge Horton, County Legislator District 21
David Kelly, County Legislator District 23
Alison McAvery, County Legislator District 16
Robert Weiss, County Legislator District 12
John L. Hickman Jr., Town Supervisor
Peter Cassidy, Town Board
John Koch, Town Board
Irene McAliney, Town Justice
Carol Hurray, Town Clerk
Dennis Miller, Highway Superintendent
Claudia Heckert, Receiver of Taxes, sworn in by her father,
Honorable Thomas J. Dolan, County Court Judge
Elected Councilperson Town Board, John
Koch takes the oath of office from Hon. Michael Tomkovitch,
Town Justice, while John's wife Maureen assists. Looking on
in the background is Councilperson Ethel Walker, Supervisor
John L. Hickman Jr., and Councilperson William Dahncke.
More photos from
Swearing-In Ceremony click here.
Click here for
version 2. Let us know which style of photo presentation you
Sally Harding's excellent letter on East Fishkill Building
Meeting minutes and
notes from the East Fishkill Town Board Meeting -
December 20, 2007
Meeting minutes and notes from the
East Fishkill Town Board Meeting - December 6, 2007
Meeting minutes and notes from the East
Fishkill Town Board Meeting - November 29, 2007
East Fishkill Election
Results November 2007:
Supervisor: John Hickman Jr.
Town Council/Board: Peter Cassidy and John Koch
Highway Superintendent: Dennis Miller
Town Clerk: Carol Hurray
Tax Collector: Claudia Heckert
Dutchess County Legislature District 21: Margaret J
Legislature District 12: Robert A Weiss
Legislature District 16: Alison MacAvery
East Fishkill adopts
Wetlands Law; Steep Slopes Law; Lot Count Formula Amendment; and
Amends Moratorium Local Law.
Town Board Rejects Montage request to rezone Stormville property
to high density housing. September 27th, 2007.
We wanted to take the opportunity to recognize the leadership
and hard work that our Supervisor, Town Board, and Town
Attorney, along with public input and other Town Boards’ review,
put into these laws that thoughtfully move forward intelligent
land usage policies, protecting the quality and character of our
Town, existing property owners interests and rights, and the
critical vital natural resources that we need to protect.
For hours and hours of listening, re-writes, discussions and
thoughtful consideration we heartily applaud Supervisor John
Hickman, Town Board members Peter Cassidy, Ethel Walker, Bill
Heidi Resk. Town Attorney Tom Wood deserves special mention for
his research, re-writes and crafting these laws. These laws
clearly have the vision of helping to protect the future of East
Thank you! – Save Wiccopee Organization
Next Tuesday Evening August 21, 2007 at 7:30pm
Property of and behind Wiccopee General Store in Historic Wiccopee
Applicant wants to
put a 4500 square foot building and 55+ car parking lot.
residents have voiced the following concerns with this site plan:
impact on Historic Wiccopee Hamlet which has structures over 200
years old and has remained much the same as it was in 1850’s. It
is currently proposed as East Fishkill’s First Historic
concerns. Current plans show a cut through road from Rte 52 on
to Hook Road.
smell and noise pollutions
impacts being over a primary critical aquifer and along a
tributary of the Fishkill creek watershed. Plans indicate they
want to regrade the stream.
already have additional water problems in their yards and
basements believed from the filling done at this site in the
1980’s. So concerns about water run off, and water usage are
residents prevailed and had applicant withdraw a gas station
proposed here, many are concerned applicant will reattempt a gas
station if this is approved and built.
They do not
trust things will be done right – applicant changed use of the
current parking area from filling in wetlands and never improved
the site… it is still the same dusty unimproved dirt parking lot
from the 1980’s without site improvements. There are concerns
about all the debris that was buried at this site as reported by
the E.F. building inspector at that time.
concerned with what use the current store building will have if
it’s operations are moved into new building. There is not enough
parking there now. People illegally park along the street.
buffers and screening of and from residential properties, and
room for Rte 52 expansion should it become 4 lanes.
We urge you attend and voice your concerns. We need your support and
Please tell all your friends and neighbors too!
Thursday July 26th, 2007 E.F. Well Testing Law Passed -
The East Fishkill Town
Board, at their meeting tonight, with Board member Heidi Resk absent,
passed a well water testing law. It becomes the third local Town right
after Wappingers and Fishkill to pass a law that the County or State
should have implemented. This is a public health and safety issue and
many felt the current county executive has shown a lack leadership and
responsibility to constituents by stopping Dutchess County from passing
a well testing law earlier this year.
Two Important East Fishkill Public Hearings: Well Testing, and
modification to Building Moratorium - Thursday July 26th, 2007 7:30pm
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Please take notice
that the Town Board of the Town of East Fishkill will conduct a Public
Hearing at their Regular Meeting on *Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 7:30
p.m. at the Town Hall, 330 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, NY* to consider
public comment on a proposed Local Law entitled "Local Law No. ____ of
2007 entitled *Mandatory Private Well Testing in the Town of East
Fishkill".* If adopted, this Local Law would require the testing of
private wells by the property owner in order to be able to obtain
certification of the property's compliance with all building codes of
the Town of East Fishkill.
A copy of said Local
Law will be available on the Town Website,
www.eastfishkillny.org, and also at the office of the Town Clerk on
or about July 16, 2007.
Anyone wishing to
comment on said Local Law should be present at the above mentioned date
and time or forward written correspondence to the attention of the Town
Clerk prior to the commencement of the Public Hearing.
BY ORDER OF THE TOWN
OF THE TOWN OF EAST FISHKILL
DOROTHY MEKEEL, TOWN CLERK
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Please take notice
that the Town Board of the Town of East Fishkill will conduct a Public
Hearing at their Regular Meeting on *Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 7:30
p.m. at the Town Hall, 330 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, NY* to consider
a Local Law entitled Local Law No. _____ of 2007 *Modifying the Existing
Moratorium by Raising the Threshold for Applications to 15 Lots or
Less.* A copy of the full text of the Local Law will be available on the
www.eastfishkillny.org, and also at the office of the Town Clerk on
or about July 16, 2007.
Anyone wishing to
comment on said Local Law should be present at the above mentioned date
and time or forward written correspondence to the attention of the Town
Clerk prior to the commencement of the Public Hearing.
BY ORDER OF THE TOWN
OF THE TOWN OF EAST FISHKILL
DOROTHY MEKEEL, TOWN CLERK
Photo Courtesy of Fred Robbins
20, 2007 PM
East Fishkill Supervisor John Hickman
talks to reporters. Tonight John won the Republican Party
Caucus for Town Supervisor to be on the ballot to return for another
term as Supervisor. Many people passionately supported John Hickman
and the work he has done to date to address the many issues facing
the Town. A lot of constituents feel strongly that John has returned
civility and residents’ interaction to Town meetings. Communications
are better and John Hickman and the Town Board are willing to tackle
thorny and often unpopular issues – one’s that simply need to be
addressed sooner, rather than later.
congratulations to John Hickman, and all the Town officials and
that are working to keep East Fishkill – “A Great Place to Live”
NEWS RELEASE: Thursday, April 26, 2007
– The EPA has honored more than 40 individuals and organizations
from New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
with its Environmental Quality Awards. Honorees were singled out for
their outstanding achievements in protecting the environment. At
today’s NYC awards ceremony, Alan J. Steinberg, EPA Regional
Administrator was joined by keynote speaker Cory A. Booker, Mayor of
Newark, New Jersey in presenting the awards.
Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker, Hopewell Junction resident Debra Hall
and EPA Regional Administrator Alan J. Steinberg
Hopewell Junction Citizens for Clean Water, Hopewell Junction, NY
received the EPA’s highest public award for her efforts. Debra has
become an outspoken advocate for a number of environmental concerns
including indoor air standards and well testing. Living above the
contaminated plume at the Hopewell Precision Superfund site, she
played a key role in getting EPA to place the site on the National
Priorities List of the most hazardous waste sites. Her various
public testimonies have promoted the use of specialized equipment to
characterize the presence of hazardous vapors that make their way
into homes from contaminated sites. She is also conservation chair
of the Mid-Hudson Sierra Club and a proponent of better protective
standards for the chemical TCE.
Honored to attend
Debra’s award ceremony in NYC was her husband David Hall, Dutchess
County Legislators Marge Horton, Sandra Goldberg and William McCabe;
Fred Robbins of Neighbors for a Safe Community, and Tim Leed of Save
Meeting minutes and notes from the East
Fishkill Town Board Workshop Meeting - March 22, 2007
John Hickman, East Fishkill Town Supervisor,
talks about the property tax revaluation going on in East Fishkill in
his most recent blogspot -
Meeting minutes and notes from the East
Fishkill Town Board Workshop Meeting - February 08, 2007
Notice: Residents of the Town of East Fishkill
can hear more about the property revaluation at a presentation by MJW
Consulting this Thursday Feb. 8th, 2007 at 7:30PM at Town Hall.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will
be held by the County Executive of Dutchess County in the County Office
Building, Legislative Chambers, 6th Floor, 22 Market Street,
Poughkeepsie, New York on the 8th day of February 2007, at 10:00 a.m. on
the following local law: A local law mandating private well testing to
be performed on properties in Dutchess County. At said time and place,
all parties interested will be heard.
Meeting minutes and notes from the East
Fishkill Town Board Workshop Meeting - January 11, 2007
Revised, as of Jan. 9th, 2007, Proposed
Town Local Laws are available now at the East Fishkill Website -
East Fishkill's Supervisor John Hickman's 2006 Year in Review Blog -
Open Space and Protecting Historic
Community Character in a Time of Change -
Wiccopee Organization member,
Tim Leed, attended
last Saturday’s (Oct. 29th) full day conference on
"Preservation Under Pressure - Open Space and Protecting
Historic Community Character in a Time of Change”, at the Henry
A. Wallace Library and
Center on the grounds of the FDR estate
and National Historic site.
Here is his
Dear Save Wiccopee members and East Fishkill Neighbors,
I took the time to attend a full day conference put on by The
Preservation League of New York State. The subjects touched on
most of the issues facing our Towns today. Topics covered: Open
Space, Law, Historic Preservation, Building Community, Town
Centers, Proper Development, Scenic Highways,
affordable/workplace housing and more.
conference was so good, and covered so much about planning, open
space, historic preservation, roads, and more – that I would
have gladly paid with my own money, the $20 per person to send
each and every East Fishkill Town Board, Planning Board, ZBA,
and Architectural Review Board member to this conference. It was
such an eye opener as to what can be done to keep a community
nice and thriving with planning, preservation, architectural
guidelines and other efforts.
First off, the
conference center, the
located on the stunning FDR estate, and is a beautiful
state-of-the-art conference center. Accommodations were just
excellent. Breakfast, lunch, and breaks were all provided.
Everything seemed effortlessly organized, though one could tell
that much work was done for this day.
of the conference was full with regional advocates,
organizations, and many from regional Town boards, planners and
historical organizations. There were plenty of handout materials
in support of the topics.
speaker, Edward T. McMahon, from the Urban Land Institute in
DC, was very
engaging. He discussed how the buildings and the character of a
Town must be worth caring about and that we should all strive to
leave our Towns more beautiful and valuable then before our
efforts. He talked about how Towns were vanishing with cookie
cutter cinder block buildings that would not even be considered
worth saving in the future. That much building has caused the
destruction of community character with inappropriate location
and inappropriate style. He mentioned that 1 acre of asphalt
paving has 16 times the water runoff of a meadow and that
pavement can add 8 degrees to an area’s temperature. Trees,
landscaping and community image are all critical to an area’s
vitality – every town should have notable and beautiful
gateways/entries into their Townships.
make a Town look like Anyplace
USA… not distinction and no
character, certainly no charm. In a survey on retiree’s main
interest in a place to retire #1 is - Scenic landscapes and
quaint towns. The surrounding environment is the single most
important factor in affecting value of a home. In another
survey, the community amenity people want, #1 is Walking trails
and bike paths. Number #2 is Parks. Strip malls are failing….
look at all the malls around here with so many empty stores. A
study showed the people spend more shopping at modern mixed use
Town Centers than strip malls.
historic structures, is what links us to our past, it saves the
soul of an area, the heritage. Looking at a recent example… in
New Orleans, the old
French Quarter – this historic area - was the single biggest
draw to the area.
San Antonio once wanted to bury it’s river
through the city – underground. They started attractive
development along it and now River Walk is the single biggest
tourist draw in the state of
character of an area must be able to differentiate your
community or your community doesn’t matter, it’s Anyplace. Towns
need to drive architectural quality. All chains stores will
build an architecturally interesting building, if the Town tells
them they have to. Even Wal-Mart will build a more attractive
building than it’s standard battleship-gray cinder block
building, if it has to. It should fit into the character of the
Town. There are plenty of examples where chains build something
far better than the cinder block buildings they try to get away
with… and guess what, these more interesting stores that fit the
community – actually do better.
A Town’s loss
of character and deterioration occurred one building at a time…
to reverse it you only need to change it one building at a time.
It is said the best time to plant a tree is fifty years ago… and
the next best time, is today!
are so last century, the walkable mixed use project (retail,
office, residential) is the future. This mixed use was the ‘old
way’ and is becoming the ‘new’ way of success again. You need to
create places people want to go to, spent time at, where things
are happening, and they’ll return to.
A Town needs
to build a vision for the future, a list of what you want to
save and accomplish.
inventory of your assets and resources.
plans around the enhancement of your assets.
incentives, partnerships and voluntary initiatives – not just
regulation, to achieve goals.
pick and choose development proposals, ask to see multiples
proposals/variations, not evaluate just one.
important question for a community is “what should we do?”
The very best
land should belong to and be used by the public… i.e. along a
river… this guarantees the next best land will be right behind
this. An example might be the walkway along the
Our sense of
identity is tied to buildings, views, and the character of an
area. One can grow without destroying what we love and cherish.
The next main
speaker was William Hurst, legal council for Preservation League
of New York. He talked about how impacts can be more insidious
like removing properties from settings, impacting viewscapes, or
major impacts like the destruction of a building. He talked how
the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the State
Historic Law, SEQRA, and local landmark ordinances – historic
laws, can be used to protect historic structures and areas.
Towns need to identify historic buildings and areas. Identify
direct and indirect impacts on these. Look at impacts on
community character, existing population usage. Look at whether
there are materially impacts conflicting with community goals.
Study impacts on important historic resources. If a project has
segmentation – that is dividing up a project to isolate impacts
to avoid SEQRA review, the town should make sure the total
impacts and even impacts of other neighboring projects that
might have a cumulative impact, are fully studied.
Towns can, and
should, enact local legislation to protect the community
character and spirit.
Next up, Sally
Mazzarella, Chair of the Town of
Rhinebeck Comprehensive Plan
and Zoning Review Committee, spoke on her non-partisan efforts
to protect open space and review Rhinebeck’s zoning and planning
laws. They studied adaptive reuse of structures for affordable
housing, looked at blending open space with affordable housing
efforts. Sally said any open space should be a conservation
easement held by a land trust so it remains permanently open
space. She talked about staggered roof lines, smaller buildings
- not big boxes, having architectural control over things like
lighting, signage etc. They have a moratorium on new gas
stations as they feel the density is already plenty.
Recommending mixed usage in some areas… a mix of walkable park
like areas, offices, retail, and housing.
Bornemann, City Planner for
NY since 1985, talked about his city’s efforts
for historic preservation and retaining open space. He talked
about the importance of having a beautiful gateway for the area
and community character. He discussed community flow… how one
area of development should flow into the next. You need to know
your community vision. He suggested some rules be advisory… not
mandatory, and that these guidelines be supplied to the public
to educate them about why doing certain things a better way will
increase property values and community identity.
Marriott gave a talk on Historic and Scenic Road Protection in
At the end
there was a panel discussion with the above speakers, adding
Deborah Meyer DeWan – Hudson River Heritage,
Roberta Lane –
Regional Attorney for National Trust for Historic Preservation
Northeast Regional office, and Daniel Mackay - Director of
Public Policy Preservation League of NYS.
we were given have resources and suggested books to further
explore these fascinating topics.
I’d like to recognize that another Save Wiccopee Organization
member and Fort Homestead Association leader, and someone whose
relatives were early settlers of Wiccopee in the olden days,
Virginia Buechele, was there attending. Mara Farrell, a Trustee
with the Fishkill Historical Society was also in attendance.
I think we all
felt, that every member of every Town Board should experience a
conference like this, to see how preservation and community
character can be maintained and even enhanced through proper
planning, preservation and a vision of the community’s
The words and
quote, below, were contributed by Virginia Buechele:
-- When it comes to Economic Development, Sameness is not a
plus! What are we building today in the
will be worthy of preservation 50 years from now! 80%
percent of everything ever built in
America has been built in the last 45
"The man (or woman) who feels no sentiment of veneration for the
memory of his forefathers, who has no natural regard for his
ancestors or his kindred...is himself unworthy of kindred, or
- Daniel Webster
(Permission to republish as written is given)
Fishkill Town Board Meeting Oct. 26th – see meeting notes in-line,
after each agenda item.
TOWN BOARD - TOWN OF EAST FISHKILL - OCTOBER 26, 2006
CALL TO ORDER
PLEDGE TO THE FLAG
Supervisor’s Comments, Reports and Proclamations
- Announce intention to appoint an Open Space Committee
East Fishkill has
received another 14 or so letters in support of the open space
initiative. Supervisor Hickman said this board supports open space
efforts, and said they want to appoint a committee of approximately
7 to 9 people to identify target parcels/areas and to explore
- Introduction of Preliminary Budget
budget looks to be a 4.23% tax increase this coming year. As John
Koch brought up, this does not include fire and library districts
taxes. John Hickman said he would not accept a slated raise for his
Supervisor position this year, in light of the budget increases.
This brought applause from residents.
Town Board Reports
Supervisor Hickman said it looks
like it would be next Spring before work started on Shenandoah water
Town Board member Heidi Resk is working on Town-school board issues.
Town Board member Bill Dahncke introduced 3 student interns that
will be assisting the Town Board. He also recognized the restraint
the E.F. police department showed in an incident earlier this week.
This too brought applause from residents.
1. Consider Wetlands Steep Slopes and Lot Count Formula Law
One resident, a larger property
owner, spoke that he thought proposed laws might remove too many
lots from being built on.
Another resident spoke in support of open space, concerns about
watershed and aquifer impacts, yet suggested Town review his
property to see how proposed laws would impact lot count.
(a) Close Public Hearing
2. Consider amending the Zoning Ordinance with respect to Shared
Driveways, Fences and Public Notices.
– all lots must support their own driveways if considered
Fences – to alleviate ZBA hearings on fences – approved increased
rear lot height for 4 – 6 feet for decorative, not chain link,
fences. Other fence requirements remain.
Public Notices of Hearings – approved that bright standardized
signage must be posted on subject properties 20 days before a public
hearing, so that the public would know of hearings, and that all
property owners within 500 feet of proposed sites would have to be
(a) Close Public Hearing
(b) Adopt a Negative Declaration
(c) Adopt Local Law –
Town passed this
Zoning Ordinance law. This is the first of the set of laws to be
passed arising out of the Town’s Building moratorium.
All board members
present at this time.
Public Comments on Agenda Items
Approve Minutes – Meetings of July, August, September and October,
Review and Receipt of Correspondence:
1. Supporting enactment of Well Testing Law by Dutchess County and
(Oct. 26th) East Fishkill Town Board meeting, the East
Fishkill Town Board unanimously approved a resolution supporting the
full mandatory well testing laws before the Dutchess County
Legislature and New York State Legislative bodies. East Fishkill, a
town with two Superfund Sites and numerous other sites of water
contamination, knows all too well that only random testing will
uncover previously unknown areas of water contamination. In putting
the health the residents first, the Town Board courageously ignored
special interest groups that want a “watered down” limited
‘targeted’ well testing. After a detailed presentation by Debra
Hall, Hopewell Junction Citizens for Clean Water, who discussed the
critical health concerns of drinking contaminated water, the
reasonable costs of protecting one’s family’s health and that no
target would be the right target - as no one already knows where
contamination exists…. the East Fishkill Town Board passed a
resolution that backs the far better well testing laws as
co-sponsored by State Assemblyman Patrick Manning in the NYS
Assembly, and the well testing law sponsored by East Fishkill
Dutchess County Legislator Marge Horton and Sandra Goldberg
(D-Wappinger), who submitted the original resolution on well testing
in the Dutchess County Legislature.
The Town Board was acknowledged with some standing applause upon
passing the well testing resolution.
2. Supporting reform of the NYS Real Property Disclosure Law by
increasing non-disclosure payment.
The Town Board passed a
resolution recommending to New York State strengthening the real
estate disclosure laws so there would be a more meaningful payment
for not filling out a property disclosure form.
3. Setting Town Board meeting dates for November and December 2006
and January 2007.
Nov 9th Public hearing on Budget. Nov 16th
regular Town Board meeting, December 14th Public hearing
on Sagamore water district, January 11th as a workshop
meeting, and January 25th as regular Town Board meeting.
4. Receive and file Map, Plan and Report for Presidential Way Water
District and set a Public Hearing thereon for January 25, 2007.
5. Authorize funds to relocate a historic icehouse to property of
the East Fishkill Historical Society.
The Town Board authorized
spending up to $6000 for relocation costs to move an historic ice
house to Fishkill Historical site off Kensington Rd. Applause for
6. Establish the position of Captain within the Police Department
and appoint a Captain from the Civil Service list (no additional
The Town Board
created position of Captain within the Police Department,
eliminating one of the lieutenant positions. Applause for this
7. Set a Public Hearing for December 14, 2006 on a Local Law to
amend the income ceiling for affordable housing.
8. Refer to E911 road names in the Eagle Ridge Subdivision (Caties
Way and Glenn’s Way).
9. Authorize an agreement with ASCAP granting a license for music.
of $300 annually to license live and recorded music at Town
10. Set a Public Hearing for December 14, 2006 with respect to
adding one lot to the Sagamore Sewer District.
11. Set a Public Hearing for November 9, 2006 on the 2007 Town
12. Set fees for recreation programs and Community Center use.
13. Grant fireworks permit to Barton Orchards.
This was to be
this weekend… but with a forecast of rain, this request was
14. Authorize former Assessor to assist with the revaluation on an
as needed basis.
at last pay rate, no more than 17 hours per week, and budgeted at a
total of 80 hours for next year.
15. Authorize Supervisor to sign contract and hourly payment
agreement with Town Planning Consultants.
Buckhurst, Fish and Jacquemart, Inc.
16. Declaring three police vehicles as surplus and authorizing bids
to sell them.
3 Ford Crown
Victorias with mileage 90,000’s to 140,000’s. Bids due before Dec.
17. Authorize Supervisor to sign Memorandum of Understanding with
respect to gift of land for Waste Water Treatment Plant and refer to
The 3.62 acres to
be considered in gross land count for Hopewell Crossing, LLC.
Additions to Agenda (if any)
Authorize Payment of Bills
of Bills authorized.
Budget Transfers (if any)
Public Comment on General Town Issues
resident spoke of how the Town really needs to create Town-wide
water districts and water supplies, as we all need safe reliable
water. Suggested connecting to Dutchess County pipeline where
possible. Wanted this topic put on the agenda.
John Koch mentioned Cablevision removed a TBS channel and now
requires a cable box to receive it – this is an increase of $85 a
year. Suggested the Town tell Cablevision it does not like this
method of raising rates.
Board member Ether Walker discussed a meeting on improvements to
Beekman Rd. and said many residents were concerned improvements
would result in more speeding on Beekman Rd.
Verne Jackson mentioned traffic issues arising from Taconic median
All information believed accurate. Send any corrections to us.
Save Wiccopee Organization
Town Board Meeting - Oct. 12th - Notes
Debra Hall who lives
in the East Fishkill Hopewell Precision SuperFund area, which has TCE
water and air contamination, gave an educational, detailed presentation
to the Town Board – why East Fishkill, a Town with SuperFund sites and
other know contamination issues, should support well testing and to let
the County know this.
Meeting notes posted below.
Debra Hall's Well Testing
Inorganic Not Testing
SWO- We also wanted to mention, a health department person claiming
fewer MTBE’s sites would be found now that MTBE’s are outlawed in gas…
Though MTBE's might be finally outlawed, gasoline contains more than 100
other chemicals including toluene, benzene, xylene ... many things a
person does not want to drink, nor breathe. Also to those that push
testing only in known areas… the purpose of overall testing upon sale of
house, is to find and remediate other places. No one knows where
contamination is, or isn’t. Contamination plumes move in sometimes
unpredictable ways. A company or trucker hauling chemicals to a disposal
site – might have stopped along a roadway and dumped a load rather than
pay expensive processing fees. Or say a person worked somewhere where
they had access to “cleaners” such as TCE or dry cleaning chemicals –
maybe years ago they took some home and wound up pouring it down their
drains. We encourage and support well testing to protect your families’
health. Please read the documents as we post them. - SWO
NYS Assemblyman Patrick Manning and State Senate candidate Brian Keeler
were there. Pat spoke in support of Debra and well testing. Dutchess
County Legislator Marge Horton gave a wonderful recognition and “Thank
You” to Debra for being a champion of letting people know about the
importance of well testing. Ed Hickman asked about the water in Wiccopee
Hamlet area… Supervisor John Hickman said they were looking into getting
water from the supply line going to serve the Shenandoah SuperFund area,
another major area of contamination.
Next up was a
presentation by Tom Scanlon’s engineer to the Town Board to rezone the
O’Dell house in the center of Wiccopee Hamlet from R1 Residential to B1
Business. He wants to build a sub surface sewage system on O”Dell
property back lot as the fill they’ve tested behind the store contains a
lot of clay and makes for poor drainage. They want to use this space as
they want to build a massive 9000 SqFt building behind the store and Ed
Hickman’s properties. He talked about subdividing off the O’Dell house
and having Habitat for Humanity rework it for ‘workforce’ housing. Town
Board asked how old the O’Dell house is, Dianne Hickman said it was
existing on a map dating back 1858. Scanlon wants to use this parcel,
behind other residential properties, for sewer. East Fishkill Historical
Society Director Malcolm Mills said this house was an integral part of
Historic Wiccopee Hamlet and was on the East Fishkill Inventory of
Historic Structures. The Town indicated they’d like to see it preserved.
Wiccopee Hamlet has been proposed as East Fishkill first historical
district. The property in the rezoning request is now a non-conforming
residential use as it’s less than 1 acre lot. The engineer said they
want a two story 9000 sqft building like those massive buildings at
SUMMERLIN PLAZA, Lake Walton Rd and Rte 376. (a 9000 sqft two story
building would loom over, dwarf and not fit in with the old historic
houses many in the 860-1400 sqft sizes.) The engineer said he thought
the project would enhance properties adjacent (call me crazy, but
living near a sewer area, and a looming commercial building with
traffic, lights, noise, garbage, with loitering, blocking my views,
potentially causing water drainage issues on my property, destroying the
quaint residential nature of this Historic Hamlet… isn’t my idea of
improvement). The Town has received correspondence against this
rezoning, several people spoke against this proposal. The engineer said
they’d have to build a smaller building if they didn’t get this
rezoning. The Town will continue to take input on this, so please
get your concerns in to the Town.
Next, was a
discussion of saving and moving an historical ice house to the East
Fishkill Historical Society’s site off Kensington Dr. Malcolm Mills,
East Fishkill Historical Director, said the ice house was in pretty good
shape and one of the few remaining… it would be a nice addition to the
buildings at the Historical Society’s site. He’s working to minimize the
costs of moving the structure and Frontier Communications would work
with them to move low wires during the move. Marge Horton would work to
get some historical ice cutting tools from the County to put on display.
John Hickman talked
about Hopewell Glen being built soon… 290 units! There would be a new
road coming in off 1st Street and the County requires the Rail Trail
crossing to be a tunnel – of course the Town would have to pay all
maintenance costs for the tunnel. The County is firm on having a tunnel
as they see this new road as being a major bypass to the center of
Hopewell Junction. By the way – Oct 17th
East Fishkill Planning Board has item #4. PUBLIC HEARING FOR FINAL
APPROVAL - Hopewell Glen, 390 lot Subdivision and Related Site Plans,
John said he’s
received about 60 letters to date in support of Open Space initiatives.
He wants to form a committee of about 10 people to look into viable
properties, have a map of potential properties available, explore ways
of funding and then pose a referendum to the voters on this. Wants to
look at what other Towns are doing and have to done for Open Space,
discussed a flat tax on parcels, matching funds and other ways for
raising funding. Malcolm Mills suggested this be done before all the
open space is gone! John asked if Malcolm would help identify some
potential sites, Malcolm agreed to work on this.
There was a
discussion of the budget time table.
of a Captains position in the police force. Non-union civil service
position. Currently 3 lieutenants, one would be eliminated to make
Captain Position. This is part of the NYS recommendation for staffing
changes. Cost would be about $6000 additional per year.
Thursday - Two Items of Interest for this East Fishkill Town Board Meeting
7:30pm - agenda items:
1). Debra Hall will discuss importance of well testing and why Town of East
Fishkill should support it.
2). There is an appeal to by Tom Scanlon, who had proposed the gas station,
to rezone a residential property in the Historic Hamlet of Wiccopee to
business zoning. We are opposed to this request.
Sept 28th - East
Fishkill Building Moratorium Extended Another 6 months!
Hi all, here’s an
update for those unable to attend this important meeting.
The East Fishkill Town
opened the Public hearing on the proposed laws - wetlands, steep slopes,
and other laws as listed on our website.
Catherine Wieck spoke
on how we cannot keep using the Fishkill Creek and tributaries as waste
water dumping grounds, that flooding and other issues were growing.
Another resident spoke
on the steep slopes laws saying maybe they should allow slightly more
Then a resident who is
an Earth Science teacher said this area was based on a subsurface
composite of limestone and that developing on beyond the 10-15% slopes
proposed would expose this limestone subsurface which erodes easily and
can change the ph of water negatively affecting wildlife and plant life.
Tim Leed of SWO said
the wetlands laws need strengthening so that known harmful operations
like gas stations, dry cleaners, could not even be proposed along
watershed tributaries and over critical vital aquifers. He also agreed
with resident Larry Tomasso, that the laws should not make it unduly
difficult nor expensive for existing property owners to do routine
repairs, replacements and updates if they had a waterway in their
Another resident asked
that the Town act quickly to enact these laws ASAP, and start giving the
Town some of these protections.
This public hearing
was adjourned until an October meeting – date to be set. So…. Please
Continue to get your feedback in on the proposed laws. Mail them to the
Town and attend the next hearing on them.
The planning board had
mailed in some recommendations about the adjacent properties owners
notification in proposed planning and zoning projects brought before the
Public hearing on
Sagamore water district rates – the hearing was voted to be opened at a
The Town then moved to
Public hearing on continuing the building moratorium to finish the laws
proposed and review CRD laws.
Resident Judy LaCombe
spoke on how important getting the water pollution and water quality
issues were – suggesting that the Town needs to make this a priority and
appoint someone responsible to oversee all water issues.
Closed the public
hearing and took a vote YES
to EXTEND THE BUILDING
Tim Leed of SWO asked
if we could expect revisions to the proposed laws before the next public
hearing that incorporated some of the input taken from the public to
date. John Hickman indicated the board would meet and discuss these
issues and try to post revised laws on the Town website when available.
A vote was taken, and
approved, to authorize the Town Supervisor to sign water supply
applications needed to bring water to the residents of the Shenandoah
One person questioned
whether there was nepotism in some of the Town recent appointments.
Tim Leed of SWO also
asked why when other local Towns like Town of Fishkill voted to send a
note of support for well testing before the Dutchess County Legislator,
that with three Superfund sites… the Town of East Fishkill was silent?
He said he would expect that East Fishkill would take a leadership
position on this with all the pollution issues in the Town. John Hickman
said they were going to have a presentation by Debra Hall on water
issues and the need for testing, and indicated this would be revisited.
wanted to let people know how supportive and driven our County
Legislator Marge Horton has been in trying to get water testing
protections in place to protect our families’ health. (Note: We see
Marge Horton at almost every meeting and she is a strong supporter of
water quality. We ARE very lucky to have her representing East
John Koch, candidate
for East Fishkill Town Board, brought to the board’s attention that when
there’s conflict of interest, any board member should recluse themselves
from any discussions and voting…. The temporary board member filing the
vacant seat before the election did not excuse herself from the Sagamore
water district discussions, even thought she lives there. John Hickman
said he was glad this point was raised. (update to
this: Supervisor John Hickman has told us that after the meeting, the
Town Attorney, Tom Wood, said he did not think the new board member,
Heidi Resk, had needed to recluse herself as there wasn't substantive
discussions on this issue. We of course were not privy to this
conversation and as a SWO member said, "legalities aside, appearances
are important" - John Hickman agreed saying all Town Boards members need
to be mindful of conflicts of interest.)
Malcolm Mills, East
Fishkill Historical Society Director, gave an eloquent appeal on how
East Fishkill should have a major protected open space/park for outdoor
activities and such, before it’s too late. He pointed out how in other
Town’s there’s Bowdin Park, Tymor Park, and recently Town of Wappingers
protected a large site along the Hudson. We need open space and
conservation easements and protections before it’s too late.
Malcolm Mills also
spoke on efforts to save and move one of the few remaining ice houses to
the site of the East Fishkill Historical Society house off Kensington
Remember if you don’t vote… you don’t have a voice. Please attend Town
meetings and let the Town know your input on issues.
As a public
service, and as we think it's an excellent appeal to preserve an important
historic structure in the Historic Wiccopee Hamlet area, we post the
The Wiccopee Community United Methodist Church
East Fishkill, New York 12533
Dear Members, Friends
Our little Community
Church at Wiccopee is in need of repairs and we are asking for your help. An
area of the roof is leaking and needs to be fixed. The balcony has sustained
water damage and the ceiling with the “Fresco Art” needs to be repaired.
From the balcony sunlight can be detected through cracks in the exterior
wall. Our congregation has repaired the steeple and has made structural
repairs to the balcony but we cannot afford to continue due to limited
funds. We are applying for grants but we must raise matching funds and if we
don’t receive the grants we need to raise all the money, about $50,000.00.
We plan to have Penny Socials, Tag Sales and Candy Sales and other fund
raising events but we are also seeking monetary gifts in any amount to help
with this project.
You may ask yourself
why, why should I help? Well, for several reasons. First and foremost we
hope you will help us because we want to be here to serve you. This little,
Community Church has survived since 1826. It has been a part of countless
lives over the past 180 years. We want it to remain a vital, integral part
of our community. We want to be of service to our members, friends and
neighbors for the next 180 years. Additionally, the Church is part of what
is being considered as the Wiccopee Historic District, one of the few
untouched hamlets in the county, and as such should be maintained as an
example of early 19k” century architecture and an historic building.
Please consider helping
us. A donation of any amount will be graciously received and acknowledged.
Whether you can help or not please visit us on Sunday mornings at 9am for
service. We are a United Methodist Congregation, people with “Open Minds,
Open Hearts, and Open Doors.” All are Welcome.
Donations are tax
deductible, check with you tax adviser for details. Donations should be made
United Methodist Church
C/o Mrs. Eleanor Sammartino, Treasurer
63 Fishkill Hook Road
Hopewell Junction, New York 12533
The Board of Trustees at Wiccopee Community United Methodist Church
on the proposed changes in Town laws as an outcome of the current building
moratorium was on Aug 24th, 2006. There will be a
this public hearing, so that more people can comment on these
at the Sept. 28th board meeting.
Most people spoke in strong
support of these proposed laws, but many thought they should be stronger.
One person objected to the steep slopes law saying a strong decline in real
estate sales would moderate building in area. There are somewhere around
2,200 homes to be built already approved in East Fishkill. Catherine Wieck
and a few speakers spoke on how the increased discharge of wastes into the
Fishkill Creek watershed has got to stop.
John Koch, candidate for
the Town Board seat in November, and a long time Planning Board member, gave
a thoughtful and detailed multiple point review of the proposed laws,
pointing out deficiencies and inconsistencies and thoughts on how to make
the proposed laws clearer and better.
The Town Board would
welcome and review comments from the planning and zoning boards members on
the proposed laws.
Larry Tomasso was concerned
that the water areas buffer zone might increase costs of some routine
property maintenance items like adding an addition, paving a drive, and/or
replacing septic fields on an existing property within these proposed buffer
areas – he thought this would be unfair to existing property owners and
E.F. Supervisor John
Hickman mentioned that IBM and the EPA were moving very slowly on resolving
property issues to get clean water to Shenandoah area residents and that the
Town was willing to step in and help speed this up.
He also mentioned that
Metro North Railroad has asked to remove warnings at grade crossings at
several East Fishkill sites. The Town is opposed to this.
The Town Board appointed
someone to fill the empty Town Board seat over Board member William
Dahncke’s objection that since we’re so close to the elections, that the
Town should wait and appoint the election winner to fill the rest of the
John Hickman mentioned that
the Town needs to address CRD, work-force housing, senior housing and should
look at an extension of the building moratorium. Ethel Walker – Town Board
member, said more issues need addressing – look at the issues with my
favorite development (a reference to Philips Rd development).
There will be a Public Hearing Sept 28th, 2006 to consider
extending the building moratorium.
calendars and prepare your input for these Public Hearings Sept 28th!
NOTICE OF PUBLIC
Please take notice that the Town Board of the Town of East Fishkill will
conduct a Public Hearing on the 24th day of August 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
at the Town Hall, 330 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, NY to receive public
comment with respect to the following proposed Local Laws and Ordinances.
1. A Local Law Establishing a Freshwater Wetlands, Water Bodies and
Watercourses Ordinance - This Local Law would regulate wetlands that
are currently not regulated by any other agency.
2. Steep Slopes - This Local Law would prohibit construction on slopes
over 20% and would require a permit for construction on slopes
greater than 10%.
3. An Ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of East
Fishkill in the following manner:
(a) Reducing the maximum lot count available by subtracting wetlands,
certain buffer areas and steep slopes.
(b) Requiring additional notice to adjoining property owners and the
posting of property which is subject to any application before the
Zoning or Planning Boards.
(c) Shared Driveways - modifying the special permit provisions with
respect to shared driveways.
(d) Allow decorative fences in the rear yards to be 6 ft. in height.
Please take further notice that comments on the environmental
assessment form prepared with respect to this legislation will also be
considered by the Town Board at the above date and time.
Copies of some of the above referenced documents are available on the Town's
website, but copies will be available in the office of the Town Clerk as of
Wednesday, August 16, 2006.
BY ORDER OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF EAST FISHKILL
In Memory of
Fundraiser to aid
local cancer patients -
Saturday July 8th - Appeal Letter
I am a
member of a local not-for-profit organization, The Friends of
I am hoping
you can help us get the word out about our organization and an
event we're putting together. It's a bowl-a-thon in honor of an
amazing woman and Wiccopee resident, Kelly Giancotti, who lost
her battle against brain cancer May 28, 2005.
raised are going to help cancer patients locally and nationally,
as well as toward two scholarships in Giancotti's name for John
Jay Senior High School students. Last year, we raised $33,000 to
help Giancotti and her family with their enormous medical bills.
This year, we are hoping to have another great turnout.
bowl-a-thon will be at Fishkill Bowl at 5 p.m. Saturday July
8th.. We'll be giving out lots of prizes, including a raffle
drawing for a $2,000 travel certificate. There will be great
music and cosmic bowling. All we ask is for a minimum $15
donation for the whole evening.
Thank you so
much for any help you can provide us with. We are an
all-volunteer group trying to get the word out about our great
cause and we really want to make a difference in our area.
Leed, Wappingers Falls
can be sent to:
Friends of Kel
516 Bridge Street
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Extended to May 31st, 2006 for Public Comments - West Hook Sand & Gravel
seeks to expand operations.
Mining on an additional 2.5 acres AND renewal mining on 11.5 additional
acres. This hearing will be in Fishkill as most of the mining operations
are in Town of Fishkill. The heavy truck traffic from the mining
is in East Fishkill on Wiccopee area roads. Their filing states “there
will be no significant effect on environment.”
Public Comments are
solicited and may be sent by May 31th,
2006. If you have concerns about the mining, impact on
environment, traffic, and any other concerns, write to: Alexander F. Ciesluk
Jr., DEC Deputy Regional Permit Administrator, 21 South Putt Corner Rd., New
Paltz, NY 12561-1696, 845-256-3014. FAX to 845-255-3042.
Thursday May 18th -
East Fishkill Historical Society Director and History author Malcolm Mills
will discuss and sign copies of his new book, "East Fishkill: Images of
America" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Fishkill Community Library, 348
Route 376, Hopewell Junction.
East Fishkill 2006 Brush Drop Off
Lime Kiln Road
Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting May 17 thru June 24
between the hours of 10 AM and 6 PM.
Proof of East Fishkill Residency required at site.
No manufactured wood or non-brush debris will be accepted.
April 27th, 2006
East Fishkill Town Board meeting report posted
on 'News and Notices' page.
Proposed East Fishkill Monitored Alarm Law
Fishkill Passes Building Moratorium
Tonight, the East Fishkill Town board concluded the public hearing on the
proposed building moratorium, and then held a vote –
the building moratorium was approved. March 23rd, 2006.
East Fishkill Town
Supervisor, John Hickman, said this was a starting point, and that the Town
will welcome and review additional comments, suggestions and input as to
what more the Town can do to manage things and retain the quality of life in
So continue to contact the
Town board members, get your suggestions in: Submit in writing: Town of East
Fishkill, 330 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533.
"Save the Ridge" - A well deserved
victory for this group: NY State has
purchased the 2,518-acre Awosting Reserve - the Shawangunk Ridge - from The
Trust for Public Land and the Open Space Institute's. New York has wanted to
see the Awosting Reserve protected for 15 years, since being identified as a
priority in the state's first open space protection plan. It has now been
added to the Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Kudos, way to go, great effort!
March 15th, 2006.
the EPA has proposed allowing
businesses to report on how they are storing toxics to every other year
instead of annually. The proposal would change the reporting of release of
certain chemicals from 500 pounds to 5000 pounds. This bad decision, defeys
common sense and will impact our health. Contact your US Congress person and
US Senator and let them know this is wrong.
Settlement of the harassment
lawsuit. Thursday March 2nd. The East
Fishkill Town Board held a special meeting at 2:30 p.m. today to authorize a
settlement of the harassment lawsuit filed by two highway department
Thurs. Mar. 2, '06 Meeting
Hi all, we
just called the East Fishkill Town Supervisors office, and
tonight’s Town Board Meeting and Public Hearing on the Proposed
Building Moratorium, are cancelled due to the inclement weather.
The next voting level meeting would be March 23rd.
So stay home,
stay safe, and we’ll notify you of the next meetings.
your letters, thoughts, suggestions, etc. in to the East
Fishkill Town on the building moratorium, and any other issues.
comments in writing, prior to meeting, through the town clerk's
office, 330 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533. Call
845-221-9191 for information.
Moratoruim Law PASSSED!
East Fishkill's Proposed
here it is, the law as proposed… please be sure to attend the
Public Hearing on Jan 26th, 2006
at 7:30pm at the Town Hall. If you cannot attend, you may
submit written comments to the care of the Town Clerk on or before
4:00 p.m. on the 26th of January 2006. This is East Fishkill’s
future direction, so make sure your thoughts are heard.
LOCAL LAW OF 2006
“A Local Law Establishing a Moratorium with Respect to
Certain Development Within the Town of East Fishkill”
Over the past
decade, the Town of East Fishkill has experienced the fastest growth
of any community in Dutchess County.
The Town has seen the construction of hundreds of homes and the
Planning Board has approved many new subdivisions which are either
in the process of being constructed or are still undergoing
approvals by other agencies.
The Planning Board currently is very busy and the Planning Board’s
agenda is currently filled with applications and there have been
many preapplication discussions held about other proposed
The Town Board deems it necessary to impose a moratorium with
respect to new applications coming before the Planning Board so as
to afford the Town the opportunity to allow some of the projects
presently under construction to build out and to build the public
improvements that were required of them so as to mitigate any
It is the intention of the Town Board to review the entire zoning
ordinance of the Town of East Fishkill to modify the same,
particularly to modify the wetlands ordinances, steep slopes
provisions and lot count formulas so as to ascertain that the
appropriate controls are in effect under the zoning ordinance.
Therefore, in the opinion of the Town Board it is necessary to adopt
a moratorium for a period of six months with respect to building
applications and approvals within the Town of East Fishkill.
effective date of this Law and continuing for six months thereafter,
the Planning Board shall no longer consider any applications with
respect to subdivision approval and/or site plan approval of any
parcels of property located within the Town of East Fishkill.
Any project presently pending before the Planning Board, which on
the effective date of this Local Law has had a determination of
significance adopted by the Planning Board pursuant to the State
Quality Review Act or for which a Public Hearing has been set, or
for a project that the Town Board determines may provide a public
benefit by improving or eliminating off site adverse environmental
or other impacts shall be allowed to continue in its processing
before the Board and may receive final determination from said
Nothing herein shall prohibit the processing of minor subdivision
applications that result in five lots or less and nothing herein
shall prohibit the processing of amendments to existing site plans,
or site plans for construction on existing lots.
Nothing herein shall prohibit the processing of applications for
accessory structures on already improved sites.
Nothing herein shall prohibit the issuance of a building permit on
any existing building lot which has previously obtained all’ of its
approvals and does not require any further subdivision.
Additionally, nothing herein shall prevent the issuance of building
permits for any project which is allowed to be reviewed and approved
by the Planning Board during the term of this moratorium.
permit which has been issued may be continued and extended by the
Building Inspector and building permits shall continue to be issued
for any properties for which the lots upon which construction will
be commenced do not require any further Planning Board approval.
The Town Board
does hereby direct that the Zoning Board of Appeals shall determine
any application for an interpretation and/or variance because of
unreasonable hardship that may be encountered by a property owner
because of the effect of this Local Law.
This Local Law
shall take effect immediately upon its filing with the Secretary of
State of the State of New York in accordance with the Municipal Home
Rule Act of the State of New York.
Adopted on _______,2006
At a Regular Meeting held at
the Town Hall, 330 Route 376,
Hopewell Junction, NY
Jan. 6th, 2006 East Fishkill
night’s swearing-in ceremony for the Town of East Fishkill
officials… there was a brief Town Board meeting… then the Town
Board went into executive session.
There was an announcement that there will be a public hearing on the
proposed Town law for a building moratorium on January 26th.
Be sure to attend, with input on this proposed building moratorium.
went to see if this proposed law has been posted to the East Fishkill
Town’s website… and not only didn’t find access to this… but noticed
that none of the Town Board Agenda’s have been posted, nor updated since
Let’s hope this get’s corrected soon… as it’s a valuable service to the
busy residents who want to know what’s going on in their Town of East
Jan. 2nd, 2006 interview
on Cablevision News 6, with East Fishkill's new Town Supervisor, John
was asked, after 10 years of Peter Idema running the Town of
East Fishkill, what is your 1st order of business?
mentioned the building moratorium would be first order of
business, a review of wetlands laws, density, CRD laws … to take
a break and review the laws.
about concerns, Supervisor Hickman cited traffic, growth, and
a discussion about traffic backing up from the new traffic light
at the new A&P on Route 82. Hickman said the timing of lights
needs to be addressed. He also said that the Town will need to
build (new) roads – though he cautioned, it’s not going to
about the financial shape of the Town of East Fishkill, he said
State mandates were going to cost the Town more, and that he’s
reviewing vendors and budgets looking for savings.
about the need for a new, bigger Town Hall, he said though it
would be nice, “won’t be in the first few years”… that there are
industrial and commercial development are important for tax
base, and he sees’ residential development not giving a net gain
to tax base, as residential properties require more Town
The Agenda Item
#13 Wiccopee Town Square was removed from on the agenda last
night. We'll keep an eye on this and report any news that we
Update on Wiccopee
East Fishkill Planning Board Meeting Tues Nov 15th 7:30 PM
Discussion - agenda item #13 Wiccopee Town Square
proposal for a 9,000 square foot – two story building with a 50
car parking lot in Wiccopee hamlet is back before the Town
Planning Board, again. As this will have a major impact on
neighboring properties and the hamlet, we recommend that you
attend the meetings. The proposal as currently submitted is
almost identical to the proposed gas station - minus the pumps.
This may, or
may not come up in the schedule. It is at discussion stage and
this is not a public hearing. However, those interested in
preserving the historic Wiccopee Hamlet, our quality of life and
our investments in property should keep informed on this
Council, choice of two:
and William Dahncke
Below, is the text
of the letter Denis Callinan read at the East Fishkill Town
Board meeting, 10-6-05.
Two notes from
1). The Town
of East Fishkill voted to institute a ban on excess/unnecessary
water usage Town wide.
2). The Town will not at this time pursue action on rezoning the
Cannon property. It was described as unneeded use of taxpayer
monies – that if the developer wanted to pursue this, they would
have to, and pay the bills for any/all studies needed. So this
is off the table as far as a Town Board discussion now – but
might well come back up again if the developer pursues this.
There has been a lot of Town residents’ objection to this
possible rezoning and allowing of higher density housing.
I wish to
speak to the two items on tonight’s agenda items.
In 1982 the
Town Board of East Fishkill created a Master Plan in which they
stated that the “maximum build-out” for the town should not
exceed 25,000 residents. As stated in the Master Plan this
number was determined by the identification of land usage,
available water resources, infrastructure, educational &
recreational facilities. The population of the Town of East
Fishkill was 18,000 residents.
In 1995, when
this current board was elected, the population of the Town of
East Fishkill had grown to 22,000 residents over a thirteen year
period. This represented a four thousand resident or a twenty
percent increase in the population but significantly less than
the recommended “maximum build-out” for the town should of
25,000 residents. No changes had occurred to any of the criteria
that determined these numbers; hence the Town of East Fishkill
was indeed “A Great Place to Live”
2000, with the discovery of chemical contamination in the
Shenandoah Hamlet, a new chapter was opened. “A Great Place to
Live BUT Don’t Drink the Water!
of the source of the contamination uncovered that no less than
five sites in the Town of East Fishkill had been listed on the
1981 Environmental Protection Agency Federal Superfund. An
additional site was discovered in 2000. Four of the six have the
same source of contamination and the same responsible party.
Unknown or at least not mentioned in the 1982 Master Plan these
sites have significantly reduced potable water resources in East
The IBM Corporate Park on Route 52 – polluted with
Tertrachlorethyne - PCE - IBM
2) The East Fishkill Landfill on
Cary Road – polluted with Tertrachlorethyne - PCE - IBM
3) The Bailey Landfill on Hosner
Mt Road - polluted with Tertrachlorethyne - PCE - IBM
4) Royal Carting on Route 82 –
various pollution including Tertrachlorethyne
5) Hopewell Precision on Ryan Road
– polluted with Trichloroethyne TCE
6) Shenandoah Hamlet including
Burbank, Seymour, Jackson & Shenandoah Road polluted with
Tertrachlorethyne - PCE - IBM
to these sites the following have been “discovered”
Pentisis Lane – polluted with salt from the DOT storage.
2) Lake Drive – polluted with MTBE
from leaking tanks at a gas station. Note: As in the case of the
Shenandoah discovery the residents of Lake Drive had to bring
the problem to the NYS DEC attention.
3) IBM Wiccoppe well field
polluted with MTBE from leaking tanks at a gas station
4) Pollution in the wells
supplying John Jay HS – first reported in the Poughkeepsie
Journal in 1981 the school is equipped with POET filtration
systems the chemical PCE.
5) Blue Hill Road polluted with
MTBE & other chemicals.
amount of available water in several developments is of concern.
Many adjacent to Old Hopewell Road have less than sufficient
water resources to supply the needs of the existing communities
yet more houses continue to be added to the problem.
In March 2003
this Town Board, under protest from many of the citizens of this
town, created a new Master Plan. The population of the community
had increased in eight years of their stewardship to 27,000
residents. Two thousand more than the recommended Maximum
build-out. Your plan changed the build out to forty five
thousand or double the previous plan. To make your plan work you
passed several new laws to facilitate the growth. Two in
particular were needed to enable your plan to work. These two
laws can and will destroy whatever potable water exists under
East Fishkill and while they have allowed certain property
owners to benefit from your generosity they are leading to the
destruction of this community.
increased the build able units in East Fishkill by 4000 or
potentially 16000 more residents:
1) Property with slopes less than
twenty five percent can now be built on. – The 1982 plan
restricted any property greater than fifteen percent slope. Ever
hear of mud slides?
2) One development unit can be
built on the property owner’s dry land for each two acres or
unit of wetlands.
request that our lawyers for the Town inform the residents on
how the new Town Board might, as stated by the Republican
candidate for Town Supervisor, rescind these obnoxious insults.
Property is according to the DEC wetlands maps eighty percent
wetland and twenty five percent of the dry land has slopes
greater than 15 percent. In other words if the current one acre
zoning was enforced without modification the developer could
only construct 20 houses, Considering the developer paid 5.5
million for the property he would have to charge $275,000 for
each acre of land before he built anything. So perhaps we can
see why the deal is being made to allow another out of town
developer to add 280 units to our overburden water supply, 560
automobiles to our 1982 infrastructure, 560 children to our
already overcrowded schools and less we forget 500,000 gallons
of not so clean waste to the Fishkill Creek.
Few of you,
and none on the Board have suffered from the water contamination
my family has faced for the past five years. Every three months
representatives from an IBM Contractor come into my house to
take water samples. Why? To make sure that the five thousand
dollar filter system has not failed. Every new medical discovery
on exposure to the chemicals hits home. When the NYS Department
of Health tells you that you & your family have an increased
risk of cancer you wonder when the next shoe will fall. When you
find out about other areas of your town with contamination your
heart goes out to those folks but when your Town Board
arrogantly, dictatorially, without remorse and under the guise
that they know best destroy your town, risk the investment in
your home, and force their will upon the residents, the
taxpayers – enough.
protect what we have. We have no science to replace our water
supply and you have no right to put us at further risk.
1 Seymour Lane
Hopewell Junction NY
East Fishkill Considers
Even More Houses
public hearing Aug. 25th, reviewed a request to allow the Cannon
property cluster and higher density housing, current zoning is 1 acre.
Spot rezoning requests like this, the and proposed Stormville Montage
project of 273 houses, changes the character and quality of the Town.
Often these larger projects are from out of state developers whose
interest is maximizing profits. When they are done - they leave the Town
residents and taxpayers with more traffic, more pollution, concerns
about the quantity and quality of schools, more taxpayer paid Town
services, impacting wetlands, the aquifer and Fishkill Creek watershed.
Don’t see East Fishkill's motto changed from "A Great Place to Live",
to "It Used to be a Great Place to Live". If higher density is
allowed - the East Fishkill logo would have to change too... the country
dirt road would become a paved four lane highway - the farmland in the
logo would be replaced with crowded cluster housing - the venerable old
oak tree, cut down to allow for more houses - and the clouds in the sky,
replaced with the haze of smog and pollution. Don’t let East Fishkill
become this! Town Board is allowing written public comment on rezoning
this property until Sept. 9th. We urge you to write to the Town, let
them know you feel the extra density would impact the traffic, the
schools, the environment and the quality of life in East Fishkill.
Public Hearing Draws over 50
Aug. 25th's East Fishkill Town Board hearing on possibly rezoning the
Cannon property in Hopewell Junction, to allow cluster housing and
higher density than currently zoned, drew a crowd of over 50 residents.
Many residents spoke passionately against this proposed change (not one
person spoke for it) - they brought up the negative impacts on traffic,
air quality, water resources, on the aquifer, the Fishkill Creek
Watershed, and that this type of development would impact the need for
more schools and additional taxpayer paid services like police.
of spot rezoning like in this project and the Montage project over in
Stormville, threatens to change the nature and quality of life in East
Fishkill. Many spoke that they were concerned the East Fishkill motto
would change from "A great place to live!" to "It used to be a great
place to live."
Board has left it open for you to submit written comments on this
proposed rezoning, until Sept. 9th, 2005, so be sure to get your
comments in. The mailing address is listed on our contacts page.
and update and have more on this tomorrow.
Things are hot
in East Fishkill, and we're not talking weather:
August 24th - 2PM is a Press Announcement in Wiccopee at entrance to
Phillips Semiconductor, calling for stricter reporting of releases of
dangerous chemicals. After two accidental discharges in the last few
weeks of a chemical strong enough to pit cars finish and windshields,
some of the employees didn't buy the exfoliating benefit of being
exposed to these releases (just kidding!)
August 25th - 7:30PM is a major public hearing regarding a rezoning
request that would increase housing density in East Fishkill - much like
the rezoning request for the Montage project, these requests look to
change the existing zoning and master plan.
Please pass on to
your friends and neighbors, especially those that don’t use email.
Letter reprinted with permission, and permission given to redistribute.
Needs More Homes!!!
right, on Thursday, August 25, 2005 at
7:30 p.m. The East Fishkill Town Board will be conducting a public
hearing on rezoning the property across from Town Hall, known
as The Cannon Property. The present zoning of the property allows for 58
single homes. The proposed rezoning of the Cannon Property to CRD
(Conservation Residential Development) would allow two different
development densities. One possible scenario is two townhouses per acre
for a total of 140 townhouse units. A bonus is permitted under CRD to
allow four townhouses per acre which would allow for the development of
280 townhouse units on the site.
numerous developments in this particular area that are presently in
different stages of the approval process. For example, Hopewell Glen on
Fishkill Road is in the final stages of the approval process and will
bring more than 250 new homes to this already congested area. As
we all know, traffic in the Hopewell Hamlet is a disaster especially at
school dismissal, rush hour and Saturdays. Another consideration is the
burden that all the new developments put on the already overcrowded
I meet so
many people in the course of my day who ask me why my husband and the
Planning Board are allowing all this development that they do not like.
So instead of talking among ourselves about how we do not like the
direction the town is headed, let’s talk about it at Town Hall on
Thursday night, August 25, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. So please come out
and let your town officials know how you feel about this.
know what chemicals are in use, where they are going, at the Hudson
Valley Research Park in East Fishkill , click on this link:
Posted with permission of Hudson Valley Sojourner.
August 18th, 2005
Original can be viewed by clicking here:
It looks like I’m back in Southern Dutchess County.
It appears that once again the Town Board in East
Fishkill was a bit tardy in posting the agenda for their upcoming
meeting. Interested and invested locals and organizations seem to be
loosing patience with the slow postings, often the day of, or even a
few hours prior to a meeting.
While the local citizens and area watchdogs are
not yet talking tar and feathers, their pitch has elevated and there
is a ring of suspicion in their tone. I’m sure that there are issues
up for discussion that the board would rather keep low-keyed. I can
almost appreciate the board’s dilemma, since attending some town
meetings is akin to walking into the gorilla cage with a bunch of
bananas sticking out of your zipper.
Nonetheless, these meetings are for the purpose of
affording the public an opportunity to input on how their community
is managed. Regardless of issues, hot or cold, it is the obligation
of the town, all towns, to afford residents an opportunity to
participate in these forums and discussions. To deny access to this
information and thus create a situation wherein constituents cannot
prepare themselves for the meeting is nothing more than a shameless
display of backdoor politics. While some may consider this type of
thing to be small-town political shenanigans, it probably isn’t.
It’s just small-minded political shenanigans.
Bottom line- If this is an intentional action then
town authorities deserve to wear bananas to the meeting. If they are
merely incapable of posting an agenda in a timely fashion, well,
then many people should start wondering how their town is being run.
Follow-up NOTE: This,
below, appeared in the Southern Dutchess News today. Perhaps all the
calls and emails to the East Fishkill Town Hall were heard. Let's
hope they stay on schedule and post agendas in a timely manner. Once
a while back, the town even had an opt in email notification for
getting agendas... they should reinstate that community
benefit/service again too.
Southern Dutchess News
August 18, 2005
Agendas to be on website
EAST FISHKILL — Beginning in September, the East Fishkill Planning
and Zoning Board of Appeals agendas will be posted on the town's
www.eastfishkillny.org and can be viewed by all interested
|Accidents DO happen!
The closed Getty Gas Station on Route 9 in Wappingers Falls,
shows a massive hole where almost all of the site's soil was
removed, except a tiny parcel were the building stands. This
leak of over 5,000 gallons of gasoline, from a gasoline supply
line, contaminated the soil, which is why the site was dug out
and trucked away. Recently the huge gasoline tanker spill on
Jackson Road, the Hudson River gasoline barge accident, the gas
truck spill in Carmel and others, shows that we need to
everything possible to protect our aquifers and water resources
from such massive, and occurring all too often, contaminations.
hole is partially filled back in in this photo. Prior to
refilling, you could have fit a large house in the hole where
contaminated soil was removed.
Wiccopee Items at EF Planning Board June 8th
Lime Kiln Farm 30 lot Subdivision
off Rainbow Crest and Warren Farms Rd -
heavily attended was the ADJOURNED PUBLIC HEARING – Lime
Kiln Farm 30 lot Subdivision, East Hook Cross & East Hook
Rds. As the plans as of now, call for a connector road from
Rainbow Crest Rd off Warren Farm Road, through the new 30
lots onto Lime Kiln Road. It looked like over 30 people
showed up to protest this… the main concerns being
additional through traffic; danger to children and residents
that enjoy the streets now; additional truck traffic
damaging the bridge, roads, creating noise, and making it
more dangerous for kids; concerns that a quick cut over to
Lime Kiln and Rte 84 might increase robberies with a quick
get away route; and more. About 18 people got up to speak
against the connector road proposal. Many said they moved
here to get away from the traffic issues the connector road
would bring. There was a suggestion to put a locked gate, or
otherwise barrier there – that would allow emergency vehicle
access – but not regular through traffic. A few of the
planning board members thought this idea good, as well as it
seemed the developer and property owner Robert Morgenthau.
Some on the town planning board thought a connector road
should stay in the plans. Road traffic studies with the
connector road, and with a barrier in place, were asked for,
and the next adjourned public hearing on this is set for
Sept 6th, 2005. We’ll have more on this issue.
Check the website soon for some updates.
of the Wiccopee Church:
item “No Diving Allowed 2 lot subdivision, Rte 52 and Old
Grange Rd” – was not a plan for a new two lot subdivision in
front of the Wiccopee Church – rather an updated filing of a
previously approved plan that expired. It allows 2 lots –
one incorporating the former old farmhouse near the Church,
the second lot incorporating the barns. The lot containing
the barn – shows a house plan, but according to the
applicant’s engineer, all subdivision plans must show a
house sited on plans, but he said there are no plans to
construct a house there. There was talk about the property
owner also deeding a small section of the property that is
now across the road, Rte 52, to the town. There was some
discussion about whether the town might make a cul-de-sac at
this end of Fishkill Hook Rd. Nobody seemed to know for
people from the Save Wiccopee Organization showed up to
review the plans.
spoke of the concerns of protecting the historic Wiccopee
hamlet, as making Wiccopee Hamlet East Fishkill’s first
Historic District is an active proposal before the Town
Board. He spoke of concerns such as making sure any proposed
structures would be in keeping with the historic hamlet.
Since no new buildings are proposed, and this is just a lot
division, it seems not to impact the historic concerns.
Mills, East Fishkill’s Historical Society Director, also
spoke of the importance of protecting Wiccopee Hamlet, East
Fishkill’s last hamlet area of original homes, some dating
back to the 1700’s, and many in the early 1800’s. He spoke
of how important the property in front of the church was,
and how the crowding of homes behind the church took so much
away from it’s charm and setting. How maintaining this
quality of “viewscape” is so critical in considering
planning and zoning issues. He also confirmed that the house
formerly owned by A. Way, on the 1850’s DeBeers map, more
recently owned by O’Dell, was on the town’s historic survey
of homes. This house is part of the contiguous line of old
homes that comprise the historic Wiccopee Hamlet. It was
discussed to be torn down by Tom Scanlon in his plans before
the planning board to put a 9000 sqft, 2 story office
building and a 50 car parking lot, in historic Wiccopee
Hamlet, plus a subsurface sewage system located on the
property that this house sits on.
Update on Wiccopee Proposal
proposal for a 9,000 square foot – two story building with a 50
car parking lot in Wiccopee hamlet is before the Town Planning
Board. As this will have a major impact on neighboring
properties and the hamlet, we recommend that you attend the
meetings. The proposal as currently submitted is almost
identical to the proposed gas station - minus the pumps.
Continue to check the Zoning Board schedule - see link in the
Montage proposal in
Stormville, Rte 52
A proposed 273
units, plus retail businesses, at Rte 52 and Rte 216. This plan
seeks to make a significant zoning change to allow 2 units per
acres, it also impacts a large wetland that’s part of the
Fishkill Creek Watershed, it will clearly have major impacts on
neighbors, neighboring businesses, traffic, it changes what
makes East Fishkill desirable (no crowded housing -yet) and it
should be a major concern to everyone in East Fishkill as it
would allow this zoning in other qualified areas… if this
off-use change of zoning is allowed, who’s to say any/every
developer that wants to maximize their profit, won’t be before
the town with a similar request.
for Environmental and Historic Issues
Fishkill Creek Watershed Committee major event
June 6, 2005 unveiled the Natural
Resources Management Plan for the Fishkill Creek Watershed
New York State has ruled against the proposed
cement plant in Hudson, NY.
Fishkill Ridge Caretakers gets official
involvement in protecting Fishkill's water supply.
Town of Poughkeepsie votes to protect historic
Kimlin Cider Mill
East Fishkill area near Hopewell Precision,
Ryan Dr., named EPA Superfund site.
Senator Schumer vows to fight
controversial provision shielding makers of the gasoline additive
MTBE from liability lawsuits.
Passing... It is with great sadness that we report a
wonderful Wiccopee friend and resident has passed on. Bill Garvey
passed away Feb. 18th, 2005 at the age of 63. Bill always had a kind
and positive word. He was a deeply caring and concerned friend. Bill
vigorously supported keeping Wiccopee a wonderful and safe place to
live. Bill will truly be missed by all those that had the pleasure
of knowing him. May God bless Bill and his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be made to Mid-Hudson Animal Aid, 54 Simmons Lane, Beacon, NY 12508
or The Dutchess County SPCA, Route 9G., Hyde Park, NY 12538.
Kimlin Cider Mill: There’s an effort underway to save
this structure in the Town of Poughkeepsie. This is a very
worthwhile effort to preserve some of the history and uniqueness
of the Hudson Valley area.
You can help by signing the on-line
petition in support of saving this landmark at:
Junction Citizens for Clean Water
Has an informative website to inform all residents in the Hopewell
Precision site of the dangers from being exposed to their water and
air from trichloroethylene, TCE, contamination. It's a wonderful
site with great background information and an eye opening map of the
Be sure to review and sign the petition there.
Watch the East Fishkill Planning Board meeting schedule/agenda for
12-1-04: Wiccopee Town Square
Item #18, named
Wiccopee Town Square… did not come up for discussion at last night’s
EF Planning Board meeting. They got to item #14 and said they would
not get beyond that because of time.
As plans submitted
to the Town Hall, this is an almost identical plan as the withdrawn
Wiccopee Gas Station. It calls for a looming 9,000 square foot, 2
story building, subsurface sewage on R-1(residential) land (formerly
O’Dell) that borders several residential properties. It has most of
the same negative impacts on Wiccopee Hamlet as the proposed gas
station… impact on water supply, impact on water drainage, impact on
Bloomer Brook a tributary of the Fishkill Creek Watershed, impact
from fumes, impact from lighting, impact from noise, impact on
traffic with a proposed 81 car trips per hour, construction over a
primary aquifer, it calls for removing .85 acres of trees, shrubs
and ground cover, negative impact on neighboring residential
property values. There are many negative impacts for Wiccopee area
This project is not
in keeping with the rural residential nature of the Hamlet, an area
being considered for East Fishkill first Historic District, as many
of the houses date back to 200+ years. We would like to see a more
appropriate use of this site, that doesn’t so negatively impact the
area and neighboring properties.
We urge you to keep
aware of this project, to voice your concerns to the East Fishkill
Town Board, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals. When the
public hearing phase is announced, please attend and make comments.
You can review the project filing anytime that the Town Hall
Planning and Zoning office is open.
11-20-04: Wiccopee Town Square
Notice is hereby given that there will be a Special Meeting for
Discussions only held by the Town of East Fishkill Planning
Board, Dutchess County, on Tuesday the 30th day of November,
2004, at 7:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the matter may come
on to be heard at the East Fishkill Town Hall, Hopewell
Junction, NY. Norma Drummond, Chairman East Fishkill Planning
Town Square project will be discussed at this meeting.
Discussion only - It is not a public hearing. This project as
filed, looks to be the same project as the Wiccopee Gas Station,
minus the gas pumps, for now.
are concerned that the applicant, Tom Scanlon, might be using
segmentation to get this approved, and then perhaps go for gas
pumps later. The project still has all the other severe negative
impacts as the gas station, minus the gas specific issues – a
use that does not fit in with the residential historical hamlet.
The proposed 9,000 sqft – two story building is certainly not in
keeping with the area. 81 car trips per hour are still listed.
900 gallons per day water usage is estimated. The project still
calls for using the residential R-1 property listed as Bob
O’Dell on tax maps, for a commercial sub-surface sewage system.
The concerns of light and noise pollution exist. Concerns about
loitering are still there. Application calls for increased
runoff from site to Bloomer Brook - a tributary of the Fishkill
Creek Watershed. Area residents already experiencing water
issues have major concerns about this project.
urge you to attend the public hearings once they are announced.
We also urge you to voice your concerns about this project to
the Town Planning Board and Town Board members, contact info
Planning Board Meeting Nov. 16th, 7:30PM Lists Item #23, Wiccopee
Town Square - this was the project name
of the Wiccopee gas station proposal. Update: This did not come up
before time allowed for meeting ended.
September 21, E. F. Planning Board meeting. Before
the regular agenda items, there was a meeting with the Town Board
and the Planning Board regarding the proposed Town building
moratorium. Planning Board member John Koch had a detailed list of
suggestions, mainly dealing with shortcomings and changes needed in
the current codes. He had prepared maps and had some specific input
on this. He thought that a moratorium of 6 months would be needed to
review much of this. The other planning board members did not have
such detailed input, though this meeting ran short of time and the
boards agreed to meet again to further discuss this. When the
Planning Board was asked if there was a consensus of thoughts for a
moratorium, the Planning Board chairperson said there was not.
September 7, E. F. Planning Board meeting. Before
the regular agenda items, there was a long discussion on the Town
Board's comments at its August 26 meeting regarding the Planning
Board's memo on the proposed building moratorium.
Planning Board Chairwoman Norma Drummond said, "I didn't get any
kind of courtesy of a phone call... All I've seen is what I read in
the paper. I saw a letter in the Southern Dutchess News...and the
article in the Poughkeepsie Journal. I haven't gotten anything
beyond that." The town's response "kind of takes me by surprise...
We were asked for input. We were not asked to come to a consensus
about whether we agreed [on a] moratorium or we didn't... I am
Since the Town Board requested a public
meeting with the Planning Board, Mrs. Drummond said they would meet
at 7:00 pm, September 21, 30 minutes prior to the start of their
regular meeting, which has a full agenda.
Also, in response to another part of the newspaper article, Drummond
told the board of the educational requirements for board members.
Apparently given a copy of the requirements, she said she had never
seen them, but believes all the members are in compliance.
Town Board Meeting - Moratorium notes
E.F. Deputy Supervisor Ethel
Walker had proposed a bill to perhaps have some sort of building
moratorium in East Fishkill. The Town Board had passed this on to
the Town Planning Board for comments and feedback. They have not
reviewed the planning board's comments on this yet. The Town Board
has scheduled a workshop meeting to discuss this further on Thursday
August 26th, 7:30pm at the E.F. Town Hall. The public is invited to
attend, but it is not a public hearing. As this proposed bill moves
forward, there would be a public hearing on it.
It is our understanding the details and scope of any moratorium are
still being discussed.
With hundreds, and hundreds, of
new housing proposals planned for East Fishkill and many commercial
projects – there is a concern that things need to be revisited to
make sure what makes East Fishkill “A Great Place to Live”, isn’t
lost in all the development.
There are mounting concerns
about increased traffic; protecting our natural resources – water,
the aquifers and watershed, and air; preserving historic areas and
structures; retaining open space and viewspace; and more. The rural
nature that has been such a draw to East Fishkill is being rapidly
replaced with development. Do commercial building codes need to be
reviewed? There are many, many questions about the long term impact
that all the development will have on our Town.
As we know that this is a big
concern among many area residents, we strongly encourage you to
attend this meeting to find out what is being discussed about this
proposed building moratorium. Also contact each individual town
council members and let them know your thoughts.
August 1, 2004. Almost
two months later... Jackson Road reopens. 6,000 gallons of
gasoline unaccounted for...
After the June 10 spill of as many as
12,000 gallons of gasoline, workers continue to clean up the
site. Estimates are the cleanup in Wappinger will cost
ExxonMobil hundreds of thousands of dollars and remediation
could stretch on for decades as a permanent system is
installed to treat and monitor polluted water.
Through chain link barrier - area where 800 tons
of soil was removed and multiple pieces of equipment are running
constantly on Jackson Rd.
6,000 gallons of gasoline
12,500 estimated originally spilled!
800 tons contaminated soil removed
Cost estimated: hundreds of thousands $
Remediation and monitoring perhaps for decades!
Imagine the local residents that
have to worry about where these 6,000 gallons are… and when or if,
it will affect the water supplies in the future? To date, this local
road was closed for almost 2 months! Imagine Fishkill Hook Rd., or
Rte 52, being closed that long? The nearby lawn equipment repair
shop said they could smell gas fumes many days after the accident –
it’s recommended to avoid breathing gasoline fumes. It’s reported
some 800 tons of contaminated soil have been excavated from this
site. Think of the costs in time and money. Just having to detour
around this road closure costs many residents time and money for
extra gas. The cleanup and ongoing monitoring is very expensive.
Ground water and nearby well fields will need to be monitored for
perhaps years, or decades?
Are these huge tanker trucks too
big and unstable? Do these drivers require special training? What
was such a huge gasoline truck doing on a mainly residential and
winding road? Let’s ask these questions and hopefully avoid repeats
of this incident. Do we need laws to route dangerous traffic away
from aquifers and watersheds?
These are exactly the types of
things we all wanted to avoid in opposing the proposed gas station
Continue to write letters to the
editors, and contact your Town, County, and State legislators – let
them know we need laws to prevent building potentially harmful
activities over precious aquifers and along vital watersheds. We
need smart/common sense zoning and planning. We can, and should,
avoid projects that can adversely impact so many people.
July 15th, 2004
Kudos to the Town of Poughkeepsie for quickly giving
historical designation to Abraham Fort house on South Road,
saving the house from demolition for new development. This
250'ish year old stone Dutch home will now be around for future
generations to admire.
Let's preserve the Wiccopee Hamlet,
with many homes dating back 200 years, before it's too latelease
write to the East Fishkill Town Board members encouraging them
to act on the proposal to make Wiccopee Hamlet the first East
Fishkill Historic District. See article
Abraham Fort house on South Road.
More information -
July 14th, 2004 FREE Electronics
Responsible disposal now free. Now through Labor Day.
See News and Notices for more info.
June 12, 2004. Accidents DO happen.
10,000 to 12,000 gallons of gasoline was spilled in Wappingers Falls -
effects on aquifer/wells may be felt months from now. Well fields closed
as a precaution.
"This is the type of impact
we all wanted to avoid with the now withdrawn, proposed gas station
in Wiccopee - directly over the Wiccopee aquifer and next to a
tributary of the Fishkill Creek Watershed."
June 12, 2004. Close to 9,000
gallons fuel oil spill closes Rte 52 - cleanup could continue
intermittently for months.
Read more, June 12th, 2004
The Journal News article click
Wiccopee Historic District... on May 13, 2004
The East Fishkill Town Board discussed the creation of an
Historic District for Wiccopee Hamlet at Thursday's (May 13th, 2004
7:30pm), Town Board meeting.
Council person Ethel Walker thought this was a terrific idea, that
we should do what we can to preserve East Fishkill's history and
Council person Richard Ferland said it should
be taken seriously and again, that it was a terrific idea.
Council person Donald Way asked what area would be covered and
wanted it to include all pertinent structures.
Director East Fishkill Historical Society, Malcolm Mills said the
initial plan was to have it from former Wiccopee wagon maker Isaac
Hawks house (to the right of the Steven Amendola Day Spa), through
Hook Rd, around the loop of Fishkill Hook Road, across Route 52 to
Old Grange Road and include the Wiccopee Methodist Church.
Malcolm suggested this Historic designation would improve the
recognition of the area, encourage homeowners to improve their
properties and hopefully help preserve what is clearly the most
notable area in East Fishkill that has remained largely unchanged
from the mid-1800's.
Supervisor Peter Idema commented that other areas should also be
looked at for historic areas, that a survey of the towns cemeteries
been updated and reviewed, and that the survey of historic buildings
in the town be updated. Supervisor Idema also said he would contact
the Town of Fishkill as parts of Old Grange Road are in Fishkill
Supervisor Idema mentioned that a thick book that contains the
current survey of historic building is available at the East
Fishkill Town Library.
You can read Malcolm Mill's letter about creating the historic
district on the Save Wiccopee website here:
You are also encouraged to write to the Town Board Council Members
supporting the creation of this historic district. It would be great
if everyone in the Hamlet, and all of Wiccopee, wrote in to support
this worthy effort. You can find the Board contact information here:
One of our Save Wiccopee members also wrote a great letter...
Virginia A. Buechele's letter is now on the bottom of the
You are also encouraged to join the East Fishkill Historical
Society. Ann Bell (896-5966) and Tim Leed (896-7480), have
applications to join, if you'd like one. The fees are minimal and
the efforts to preserve East Fishkill's history is a wonderful
Breaking News... on April 12, 2004
Save Wiccopee has learned that Thomas Scanlon, through his engineer,
has withdrawn his application for the special permit for a gas station
At the time of this writing April 12th, 2004, there will be NO ZBA
meeting this Tuesday on this proposal.
There is a regularly scheduled East Fishkill ZBA meeting April 13th,
2004. To check the agenda, check with the Town's website
or call Zoning and Planning office, 845-221-2428.
The proposal was withdrawn with a request for "without prejudice"...
meaning the property owner can come before the Town with another
proposal. Any proposal would have to start from scratch, as a new
filing. We need to be alert for new proposals. If anyone hears of
anything, please contact Save Wiccopee.
We are recommending keeping the yard signs up, just for a short
We also are recommending that you continue to let the Town know if
you support making Wiccopee Hamlet East Fishkill's first historic
Save Wiccopee, will continue to maintain a mailing list for news and
items of interest in the Wiccopee area. We will maintain the Save
, to continue news coverage, report on any
projects that might impact the Wiccopee area, and post historical
information about the Wiccopee area. Continue visiting the website
for news and information.
Additionally we will be watching this site for future filings and
will monitor to make sure any proposal is in keeping with the
historical residential area, and not harmful to the neighboring
properties and area, and not a threat to our natural resources.
We applaud the Town for the due process in this proposal and
appreciate the right to have our objections and voices heard.
We have always felt that at the end of the process, that the Town
would find this proposal to have too many real and potential
negative impacts on the neighbors, area, and the environment.
I would like to commend the many, many Wiccopee residents and
neighbors that so eloquently spoke at the hearings, put up yard
signs in support, and/or sent such well written and passionate
letters to the Town and to the Editors of local papers. It is
abundantly clear that there is large majority of residents that
really care about what is being done in our area. Each and every one
of you is the reason our voices and concerns have been heard. Thank
Save Wiccopee Organization
A proposal to put a gas
station and large commercial development in Wiccopee Hamlet threatens to
forever change this historic, mainly residential, rural hamlet.
Residents have a number of issues and
concerns that this proposal will have a serious negative impact on
the area and other property owners. The potential for environmental
damage is great as the site is over a large aquifer and adjacent to a
tributary of the Fishkill Creek Watershed. Please read on to see
what you can do to help.
Derived from what native
American Indians called this land, Wiccopee is an area of rolling hills,
fields, wetlands, mountains, great views, and streams. Later settled in
the late 1700's, a hamlet grew up along the road from Fishkill Landing
to Danbury. This hamlet was the center of surrounding farms. In the same
houses that still exist much as they were, some over 200 years old, were
cobblers, blacksmiths, a general store, post office, parsonage, school
house, and other local small businesses where shop owners also lived.
In more recent history,
Wiccopee has been a draw to people who want a quality lifestyle, to live
in a beautiful rural countryside that is a safe and nice place to raise
a family; close to convenient transportation, yet not in the hustle of
traffic and over-development that's sweeping some areas.
Wiccopee residents are
passionate and care about our area!
Save Wiccopee - our
organization exists to address issues and concerns that affect our
quality of life; our investments in our properties, families and homes.
Save Wiccopee is to save and preserve our natural resources and the
environment. Save Wiccopee is to preserve our historic heritage, and to
exam and celebrate our early American history.
Public input on scoping document will be taken through April 13th,
2004. Please review the scoping document and get comments in.
It is very helpful to write your concerns to the Town Board and the
Town ZBA Board. Letters to the editors of area news outlets are
terrific. See the Contacts page for addresses
and information about this.
IBM submitted a large volume of detailed objection to this proposal
as well. This can be viewed in the proposal's file at the East Fishkill
Town Hall, Planning and Zoning Office (221-2428) during business hours.
From a Wiccopee resident on March 4th ZBA
crowning moment for me when you had the "Save Wiccopee" support group
stand up ...significant number present."
Thanks to all the people that turn out for the meetings
- your presence, and comments, does make a difference. We need to let
the Town know our concerns. Wiccopee is our community!
For the most recently
posted upcoming East Fishkill Town Board meeting agenda,
E.F. Planning Board meeting. Agenda,
E.F. Zoning Board
Fishkill Creek Watershed Committee hosts it's monthly meeting at the
East Fishkill Community Library - Route 376, 7-9pm. FCW meetings are the
2nd Monday of the month, East Fishkill Library, 7-9 pm. For information,
see the website at FishkillCreekWatershed.org
, where there is meeting info and a place to
Proper Disposal of Hazardous materials? Here's how and when. Safe
disposal cost's only $5. Watch for 2005 schedule of dates.
about the Environmental Impact Assessment in New York State - The State
Environmental Quality Review Act, also know as SEQR.
Creek Watershed map.
Wiccopee's responses to March 23rd's ZBA Public Scoping Session on
Scanlon proposed Gas Station.
signs are now available. Fill out the form on the
Connect page to get them. Yard signs are just like the red "Stop The
Wiccopee Gas Station" above. Comes with metal stand. Asking a $5.00
donation to just cover our costs.
LRC Group's Review of Scanlon Proposed Gas Station: This is a
must-read. Lot's of interesting information.
Wiccopee Responds! March 4th.
Click above to read
the full response.
Scoping proposal as submitted March 9th. Word document -
From a Wiccopee resident:
"Historic Preservation - No
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