Town Board Amends Transfer Station Policy, Considers Speed Limit Reduction, Appoints New Legal Coun

On Wednesday, June 13, the Pawling Town Board met for their second meeting of the month at Town Hall. The evening’s agenda included the passing of a resolution to modify policies at the Transfer Station, as well as an examination of speed limits on area roads and the appointment of new legal representation for the Town of Pawling.

Policies at the Pawling Transfer Station have been regularly discussed by the Board in recent months. Specifically, Town officials are seeking to remedy a situation that currently exists due to an abundance of brush that has amassed at the facility. Over the past several years, the brush pile has grown, and the debris has reached an unmanageable level. To alleviate this problem, the Town Board passed a resolution restricting brush for deposit at the station to four inches in diameter by ten feet in length. Furthermore, no contractors will be allowed to dump brush at the Transfer Station, even if they are employed by a resident with a valid sticker permit. The new restrictions will go into effect on January 1, 2019.

In other business, the Board discussed a possible reduction of speed limits on County and Town roads in Pawling. After hearing concerns from residents in certain areas, notably Quaker Hill Road and Old Quaker Hill Road, officials are considering reducing speed limits to 35 mph on Town roads, and 45 mph on county roads. The Board passed a resolution to request that the Dutchess County Legislature and Dutchess County Public Works conduct a safety review of all Pawling roadways before any further action is taken.

The meeting concluded as officials formally accepted the resignation of Town Attorney Robert Shadur. The Board then officially named the Hogan and Rossi law firm of Brewster, NY, as the new legal counsel for the Town of Pawling. Board members explained that the decision to retain a firm would ultimately reduce costs in the form of healthcare and retirement expenses. The law firm was praised for its work with the Towns of Patterson and Dover, as well as the Pawling Planning Board.