Amtrak wants to build a wall from Rhinebeck to Stuyvesant
Debby Mayer is reporting for The Columbia Paper Amtrak has proposed a fencing project along its right of way at the Hudson River, from Rhinebeck to Stuyvesant. The railroad has cited safety concerns as the reason for the fence. Germantown is concerned the plan will block access for recreation, fishing and fire protection and rescue. The town's Local Waterfront Study Committee made a statement on the Amtrak proposal during the Germantown Town Board meeting March 13. Kaare Christian, a waterfront committee member, explained that Amtrak wants to fence off a four-mile stretch between Lasher Park to the north, and Cheviot Park to the south, constructing a gate at either end. The 50- to 100-foot-wide space connects the two parks, and has historically been used by fishers, walkers, cyclists, cross-country skiers and families that simply want an outing, he said. “It’s a real gem of an area, not crowded, but it is used.” Similar past proposals have failed, one as recently as 1991. The public comment period on the Amtrak proposal began on March 14, making comments due March 29. Supervisor Robert Beaury said he would ask the town board for permission to ask Amtrak for an extension of the comment period. “This seems to be moving very fast,” he said. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.