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Weekend in review

Dec 15, 2014 7:35 am
Some of the stories that made the news Fri., Dec. 12 through Mon., Dec. 15:

Melanie Lekocevic reported in The Daily Mail Coxsackie Police Chief Donald Meier abruptly resigned early last week. There was little, if any explanation for the sudden resignation. Village Mayor Mark Evans said Meier’s decision to step down was his own. He said, “Chief Meier resigned of his own accord; his resignation was not requested or demanded." During his tenure as head of the Coxsackie Police Department, Meier spearheaded a number of new programs for the village. He was one of the key original organizers of the Coxsackie Police Athletic League and the Safe Summer Program. The village board is expected to begin its search for a new police chief shortly.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="294"] The White Mills Road bridge in Chatham. (Courtesy town of Chatham Facebook page.)[/caption]

Last week marked the reopening of the White Mills Road bridge in Chatham. The bridge, which spans the CSX railroad tracks, has been closed more than seven years. Vince Pecoraro reported in the Chatham Courier, following the snowfall overnight Wed., Dec. 11, the Chatham Town Highway Department plowed and sanded the bridge and then reopened it to traffic.

Lance Wheeler reported in the Columbia Paper two Taconic Hills School District students and their bus driver suffered minor injuries when the school bus they were riding in rolled over on County Route 11 in Claverack, last week. The bus was headed north when it traveled across the road, struck a guard rail and then overturned. The accident was attributed to the icy road conditions. The driver was taken to Albany Medical Center with minor injuries. Two students on the bus were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital with minor injuries a third student was uninjured and released to a parent.

Audrey Matott reported in The Daily Mail voters in the Cairo-Durham Central School District will go to the polls, Tues., Dec. 16, to vote on the district's capital improvements proposal. Acting Superintendent Anthony Taibi (tie-EE-bee) said the two-year, $3.3 million project will not create an additional tax burden to district residents. “It is the perfect time for us to do this project, keeping the project small ensures that there is no impact," he said. Among the improvements planned: An upgrade to the district's water treatment system, the creation of a single point of entry at the elementary school, asbestos abatement, updates to the elementary school playgrounds and the addition of a new bus loop and 60 more parking spaces, along with various other updates to the elementary school building. The vote will be held 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tues., Dec. 16, in the Cairo-Durham Middle School cafeteria. The snow date is Wed., Dec. 17.

The New York State Department of Health announced Fri., Dec. 12, an extension of the December 15 deadline to enroll or renew health insurance coverage through the NY State of Health (NYSOH) Marketplace. The deadline to apply for, or renew coverage that takes effect January 1 has been extended through December 20. The extension gives consumers more time to enroll because of November’s extreme winter weather.