Sugar Loaf project puts spotlight on problem intersection

In other business: Chester employees to get 3 percent raise as town reorganizes


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  • Pictured: Cindy Smith, Linda Zapalla, Alex Jamieson, and Ryan Wensley, along with town's engineer, carried on the town's business in the absence of Robert Valentine and Brendan Medican on the frigid night of Jan. 3 (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)



By Frances Ruth Harris

— The proposed Sugar Loaf Hills development that will bring a new hotel, bank, and gas station to Chester threw into relief the chronic traffic problems that now exist at the Brookside Avenue/Route 17M intersection and Kings Highway.

At last week's town board meeting, Supervisor Alex Jamieson said alleviating the problem will have to be a part of the plan if the project were to become a reality. He said that for five years he's written letters to the state asking them to fix the potholes and the asphalt on the nearby bridge, but they have not answered his pleas. The state fixed the bridge underneath only because it was an emergency, he said.

A small piece of town land will have to be annexed to the village before Sugar Loaf Hills, which is still in the early stages of planning, can go forward. Robert Young and Egenes Oddvar Young own the property.

Positions open on ethics boardCouncilman Robert Valentine was out of town, and Councilmen Brendan Medican and Scott Bonacic were ill, so the other board members — Cindy Smith, Linda Zapalla, Ryan Wensley, and Supervisor Jamieson were on hand, along with the town engineer, for the town's reorganization on the frigid evening of Jan. 3.

Linda Zapalla was sworn in as town clerk for four more years. Board member Ryan Wensley, who won election to the seat to which he was appointed, was sworn for two more years.

Jamieson said he wants to fill the three open positions on the ethics board. Anyone interested may call the town board for application instructions: 845-469-7000.

During a discussion of appointments for 2018, Jamieson said all town employees will get a 3 percent raise. The board agreed to the raise at its Jan. 3 meeting.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the raise was yet to be voted on, when it was already approved. The Chronicle regrets the error.

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