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Weekend in review

Dec 16, 2013 5:41 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Dec. 12 to Dec. 15:

Joe Gentile reported in the Register Star the Columbia County Board of Supervisors gave a tentative green light to its 2014 budget last week. The spending plan totals $148.6 million and requires a two percent tax levy increase. The budget reflects a $6.6 million decrease from the 2013 total of $155.2 million. Expenditures for unemployment insurance and the county's new re-entry program are among the costs slated to increase in the coming year. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Jessica Mosier reported in The Daily Mail details of the proposed $10.3 million Greenville Central School District Capital Construction Project were made public last week. Architect Philip Snyder provided a detailed overview of the sewer, roof, security, technology and energy project for the district's board of education during its regular meeting, Thurs., Dec. 12. The extensive project will include upgrades to all district schools and its transportation facility, as well. It will be financed with a $9.4 million bond along with just over $900,000 from the district's capital reserve fund. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Kenneth C. Crowe II reported in the Times Union a local auctioneer perished Thurs., Dec. 12, when he rushed into a burning barn in an attempt to rescue his four horses. Keith Meissner Sr., 60, one of the owners of Meissner's Auction Service in Lebanon, lived on a farm located along the Wynants Kill in West Sand Lake. Meissner was found inside the barn with his four horses. Due to the extensive damage to the barn, authorities have not determined the cause of the fire. Meissner's Auction Service is located at the intersection of routes 20 and 22 in New Lebanon. The family-run business has been open for approximately 25 years. Read the full story in the Times Union.

Jim Planck reported in The Daily Mail the Greene County Highway Department has completed a brand new bridge across the Cauterskill Creek. Located at the old-time hamlet of Cauterskill at the intersection of County routes 30 and 47, the new bridge replaces one built in 1991. That bridge replaced one which had been there since 1921, the replacement for a 19th century covered, wooden bridge. The bridge was informally opened for traffic Dec. 6, following an expedited three-month replacement project. The first drivers across the new bridge were members of the Pflegl family, descendants of the first residents to cross the older bridge, in 1921. The new bridge has a life expectancy of 50 years. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Adam Clayton reported in the Register Star Ginsberg’s Foods will expand its operations beginning next year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Fri., Dec. 13. Ginsberg’s is the largest independent food service distributor in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley. The company will construct an $11.3 million, 65,000-square-foot refrigerated warehouse, creating 51 new jobs and retaining 233 existing jobs. The state’s support will ensure that Ginsberg’s Foods remains a source of economic activity in the region, according to Cuomo. The new facility will be built in the Columbia County Commerce Park located on Route 66, at the Claverack and Ghent border. Read the full story in the Register Star.