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Guilderland Town Planner Kenneth Kovalchik touched on issues from water and open space to updates on home-building projects in town.

The Surface Transportation Board on Thursday signed off on CSX’s acquisition of Pan Am Railways, paving the way for work to begin on 15.5 miles of railroad track that runs through the heart of Altamont and Voorheesville. 

Angela Carkner, who owns several businesses, submitted an application early last summer to turn her Westerlo farm into a wedding venue and found, to her immense frustration, that the process was more complicated than she anticipated. 

Guilderland residents, at a public hearing on May 17, will have a chance to weigh in on an updated local law that would codify the current practice of notifying residents within 500 feet or 750 feet of a proposed building project.

Northern Barrell Brewing on North Main Street has said it will be opening for take-out on April 15 while the owners of two proposed restaurants and a coffee shop were recently before the village planning commission with their latest project updates. 

The Berne Town Board appeared highly critical of the tax district proposal at its meeting last month, suggesting alternative solutions to fund the unsound Helderberg Lake Dam.

During the March 9 New Scotland Town Board meeting, the husband of the owner of the Something Olde Something New shop in Stonewell Plaza said his wife’s shop had flooded in November because of ongoing construction work at the development project to the rear of the plaza.

At the March 22 meeting of the Guilderland Industrial Development Agency, board members were informed that Airgas USA had declined to accept a $240,000 sales-tax break the company sought and was granted for its three-acre liquid argon gas storage and distribution facility in the Northeastern Industrial Park.

“We’re in that time period between when the ground can be worked on,” said Guilderland Supervisor Peter Barber, before the April 1 deadline after which no trees can be cut. That deadline is set by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation to protect the northern long-eared bat.

On Wednesday, attorney for Save the Pine Bush Todd Ommen contended he was before the judges because his “client finds itself dismissed from this case without any court having heard the substance of its claims.”

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