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Weekend in review

Aug 13, 2012 6:08 am
A few of the stories that made the news, Aug. 10 to 12

Nathan Mayberg reported in the Register Star Columbia County and the city of Hudson are at odds over the building permit for the county's $9 million courthouse renovation project, scheduled to begin in less than a month. In dispute is whether the county should pay nearly $39,000 for the building permit or be granted a waiver for the fee. “It is no different than anybody else that needs to get a building permit in the city of Hudson,” Mayor William Hallenbeck Jr. told the paper. “I don’t believe the permit will be waived.” Board of Supervisors Chairman Patrick Grattan is expected make an appeal to the Common Council at its informal meeting, Monday. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Susan Campriello reported in The Daily Mail Town of Cairo officials have agreed to pay a $2,400 fine for fuel storage infractions that included improper markings on storage tanks and inadequate overflow protection. The Town Board voted last week to allow Supervisor Ted Banta to sign a consent order from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and authorized payment of the fine. The state alleged ports on two fuel storage tanks on town property were improperly color-coded and one tank lacked proper means of preventing spills and a valve was missing on certain lines. It was also alleged the town removed a tank without properly notifying state officials. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Melanie Lekocevic reported in The Daily Mail Athens Deputy Town Supervisor Gene Hatton is running for a seat in the Greene County Legislature. Hatton, a Republican, is hoping to replace incumbent Chris Pfister, a Democrat. Pfister is not expected to run for a second term. Hatton, a resident of Athens for 32 years, has served on the Town Council for five years. He is also a trustee of the Athens Community Foundation, which each year funds various not-for-profit organizations that benefit Athens residents. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Billy Shannon reported in the Register Star the city of Hudson and its police department signed a four-year contract, Fri., Aug. 10. The agreement, ratified by Hudson Common Council in May, is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012. Under the contract, HPD employees hired after Jan. 1, 2012 will pay 15 percent in individual health insurance or 30 percent for family coverage. Base pay for cadets is set at $40,000 for 2012. "We were able to complete the negotiations in record time and it’s a fair contract for both HPD and the city of Hudson," said Police Commissioner Gary Graziano. Read the full story in the Register Star.
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