Noah Zweifel

In the span of a few days, the Rensselaerville water district was hit with a broken pipe and two chemical violations. They highlight the need for funding to upgrade the district’s 80-year-old water system, which has been faltering in recent years, and help the town meet eligibility requirements for at least one grant. 

Cover crops aren’t a strong investment through sales alone, but they improve the health of farm soil by, among other things, protecting against erosion and pests, ultimately making farms more resilient to climate change. A study has found that New York’s public funding has been successful in encouraging farmers to grow cover crops on their farms.

The director of the Rensselaerville Library, Patrick Wynne, told The Enterprise that the library’s new branch in Medusa, in the former public safety building, arose from the organization’s strategic plan, which found through outreach to the town’s hamlets that there “were barriers to use of the library.”

Voorheesville has required that taxes be mailed in since the 2020, removing the option to pay in person, which has frustrated some people. Now, however, the district allows for online payments, which Assistant Superintendent for Finance Jim Southard says make the process easier for taxpayers. 

The Altamont Rescue Squad, a not-for-profit ambulance squad that serves Guilderland, Altamont, and Knox, will continue service for now, but is not asking the towns of Knox or Guilderland for money since it is unsure whether it will be able to sustain itself after Guilderland’s in-house ambulance service changed a policy that affects how many calls the Altamont squad can take.  

Westerlo Supervisor Matt Kryzak is unhappy that the headquarters of the Westerlo Rescue Squad, which ceased operations at the end of 2019 but hasn’t yet officially dissolved as an organization, is being used by its membership for storage of personal vehicles instead of something that could benefit the town. 

To host two multi-day music festivals this year — one in June and July, and the other coming up at the end of this month — organizer Matthew Burke received mass-gathering permits from the town of Guilderland, per the town’s law. Officials are consulting with an attorney to find out whether events at the same property should instead require a special-use permit. 

Nadia Raza has decided to close Joe’s Tavern, opting out of the property’s rent-to-own contract amid a cancer battle. However, she plans on reopening the much beloved Curry Patta wherever she can find a location. 

After stepping back into the role of police chief while the village finds a replacement for former chief Jason Johnston, Todd Pucci, who had retired from the position in 2021, spoke with The Enterprise about what qualities the village should look for in a new leader for the department. 

The company was awarded a bid on Tuesday night that allows it to lay down nearly 40 miles of cable that will provide broadband access to 301 homes in the town of Westerlo; the project is funded with a $1.7 million federal grant. 


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