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Weekend in review

Jan 28, 2013 12:05 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Jan. 25 to Jan. 28:

John Mason reported in the Register Star the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control determined the Aug. 1 TCI fire broke out in the area of the building occupied by Public Substations Services. The fire may have been caused by a new sodium heater left on by a PSS employee. The Wheeling, West Virginia-based PSS, was leasing an area of the southwest part of the warehouse for two years. The company operated two mobile processing units used to process PCBs, according to the report released Jan. 2. A Ghent town official said the town had no knowledge PSS was located at the TCI site. The heat of the fire was so intense the heavy gauge steel beams and the steel truss system that supported the roof collapsed, as did the steel frames of the PSS trailers. TCI co-owner and Vice President Brian Hemlock said in an email to the paper the report contained a number of inaccuracies regarding the nature of TCI's business and the materials being treated at the site. TCI's plans to rebuild will be the subject of a joint meeting of the Ghent Town, Planning and Zoning boards, Feb. 7. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Kyle Adams reported in The Daily Mail more than 150 local officials and environmental leaders converged on Hunter, Sat., Jan. 26, for the 2013 Schoharie Watershed Summit to discuss watershed management, including a flood hazard mitigation program. U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson said there has been significant progress since Tropical Storm Irene hit the region in 2011, but there remains more to be done. Keynote speaker Michael Kline of the Vermont State Rivers Program addressed the need for long-term preventative thinking. State Assemblyman Peter Lopez spoke, as did Jeffery Baker, of the Coalition of Watershed Towns and James MacBroom, senior vice president of Malone & MacBroom. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Joe Gentile reported in the Register Star the Hudson Area Library Board of Trustees has set a target date of Sept. 2014, for the opening of the library's new location in the Hudson Armory, slated to be renamed the Galvan Community Learning Center. Located at the corner of north Fifth and State streets, the library will occupy more than 11,000 square feet, nearly twice the size of its present home at 400 State St. The library board approved the final schematic design for the new facility at a meeting, Mon., Jan. 7. Under the negotiated terms of a 30-year lease agreement with Galvan, the library will pay $12 in annual rent, plus utilities. Read the full story in the Register Star.