Holiday Schedule: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 19, 2015), the following services are closed or suspended:

  • City Hall: Closed
  • Transfer Station: Closed
  • Bus Service: Running on Saturday schedule
  • Sanitation & Recycling:
    • Routes normally scheduled for Monday collection will be picked up on Tuesday, January 20th. Tuesday collection routes will be picked up on Wednesday, January 21st.
    • Yard Debris collection remains closed through the season.

  2015 Sanitation Pick-Up Holiday Schedule (36.0 KiB, 757 hits)

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Animal Abuse Investigation Update

On December 28, 2014 at 7:56am, City 911 received a call reporting a man beating a dog in Pulaski Park near Talmadge Street. The dispatch of Officers was delayed because of a car accident, by the time Officers arrived the man and the dog were gone.

A video of the dog being beaten was posted on Facebook and has gone viral.

The City of Poughkeepsie Police are actively investigating this case and are following up on several leads from concerned citizens.

UPDATE

The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department are still actively investigating this incident. Several leads have been followed up on and information continues to come in from the public. Members of the public have established a “Go Fund Me” campaign for the purpose of offering a reward for the identification and apprehension of the person depicted in the video. The link is as follows: http://www.gofundme.com/jy8txc

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-451-4169.

Detective Sergeant John Zeltmann
City of Poughkeepsie Police Department
Detective Bureau
62 Civic Center Plaza
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
jzeltmann@cityofpoughkeepsie.com
845-451-4142

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Planning Board Meeting – January 21, 2015

The Planning Board will meet on January 21, 2015 at 7:00pm in the Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, City Hall. All Planning Board meetings are open to the public. Parking is available in the City Hall parking garage.

  Planning Board Agenda - January 21, 2015 (39.1 KiB, 218 hits)

PUBLIC HEARINGS

1. 18 HOOKER AVENUE – PROPOSED 4 UNIT APARTMENT
Site Plan review regarding change in use to 4 Unit Apartment. Applicant: Jay Diesing, RA, MAURI Architects PC; Grid # 6161-22-168887; Zoned R-3; File#2014-059.

SITE PLANS/SUBDIVISIONS

2. 40 S HAMILTON STREET – 10 BEDROOM SPIRITUAL RETREAT
Amended Site Plan and Special Permit regarding change in use of existing building to 10 bedroom spiritual retreat; Applicant: Gil Zingaro; Grid#6161-22-162944; Zoned R-4; File #2014-046.

3. 6 N CLINTON STREET – PROPOSED AUTO REPAIR AND SALES
Site Plan and special permit review regarding site plan for change in use to Auto repair and sales. Applicant: John Stofa; Architect: Liscum McCormack Van Voorhis, LLP; Grid # 6162-79-252067; Zoned C-3; File#2014-055.

4. 10 GRAND STREET – PROPOSED 4 UNIT RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
Site Plan review regarding change in use from 3 unit to 4 unit residential property. Applicant: Peter Clark; Architect: Kimberly T Martelli; Grid # 6161-32-453836; Zoned R-3; File#2014-062.

5. 22 LEXINGTON AVENUE – PROPOSED 6 UNIT APARTMENT
Site Plan review regarding change in use to 6 Unit Apartment. Applicant: Wulf Luecherath; Grid # 6062-84-960084; Zoned R-4A; File#2014-063.

6. 90 MARKET STREET – PLACE OF WORSHIP
Amended Site Plan and Special Permit regarding change in use of existing building to a house of worship; Applicant: Mark Raphael; Grid #6062-84-983001; Zoned C-2; File #2014-000

SIGNS & FACADES

7. 4 S CLINTON STREET – BEN DELI AND GROCERY SIGN & FAÇADE
Sign and Façade externally-illuminated projection sign and awning. Applicant: Michael Rossi; Grid # 6162-78-243002; Zoned C-2; File#2014-061.

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Water Main Repair: South Hamilton Street at Livingston Street

The Water Department is repairing a water main break on South Hamilton Street at Livingston Street. The residents on Livingston Street, from South Hamilton Street to South Ave, South Hamilton Street from Livingston to Crescent Road, Ivy Terrace, Wilbur Court and Eden Terrace may experience a temporary disruption in their water service and/or low water pressure while the repairs are being made.

If you have any questions, please contact DPW Dispatch at (845) 451-4111.

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Solid Waste Collection Fees Added to Tax Escrow

To All Property Owners on Tax Escrow:

On December 19, 2013, the Common Council adopted a local law amending Chapter 9, Article V of the Code of the City of Poughkeepsie by adding a new collection for the solid waste collection fee. The law was introduced by former Council Member Nina Boyd,  seconded by Mary Solomon, and adopted with a 7-1 vote.

Section 9-68 Solid Waste Collection Fees

“(b)….The solid waste user fee shall be billed for each calendar year as a separate line item on an annual real property tax bill for each assessed property subject to the Article.”

City Charter: Section 9-68 Solid Waste Collection Fees

Over 3,500 taxable properties in the City of Poughkeepsie are paid through escrow. The City is encouraging the owners of these properties to contact their bank/financial institution managing their escrows to review their current escrow situation.

Possible Consequences & Impacts on Escrow Reserves

There are several possible consequences/impacts on escrow reserves related to the new property tax billing procedure. The three more important possibilities are:

  • The current escrow reserve may be recalculated and adjusted to higher levels to reflect the reserves required by the banks or financial institutions.
  • The current escrow reserve may not be sufficient to pay the current property tax bill/sanitation bill that will be submitted to the escrow holders with possible complications.
  • Recalculated escrow reserves may not be completely tax deductible, and the city recommends the property owner consult the IRS or a tax consultant/lawyer.

These have been identified as serious concerns that every property owner should be aware
of. The City is strongly encouraging every homeowner on escrow to contact his/her escrow holder to avert any possible surprises.

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Common Council Meeting – January 20, 2015

The Common Council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Third Floor, Municipal Building, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York.

Parking is available under City Hall. Enter the parking garage from the westbound arterial highway. For additional information, contact the City Clerk, at (845) 451-4225.

All Common Council meetings are webcasted live at: http://www.totalwebcasting.com/live/cop/

Once completed, the meetings are archived on the site for later viewing.

  Common Council Agenda & Packet - January 20, 2015 (3.2 MiB, 385 hits)

Common Council Agenda

  1. ROLL CALL
  2. REVIEW OF MINUTES:
  3. READING OF ITEMS by the City Chamberlain of any resolutions not listed on the printed agenda.
  4. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Three (3) minutes per person up to 45 minutes of public comment on any agenda and non-agenda items.
  5. MAYOR’S COMMENTS:
  6. CHAIRMAN’S COMMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS:
  7. MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS:
    1. FROM CORPORATION COUNSEL ACKERMANN, SEQRA and Sale Resolution R15-09 and R15-10, for the sale of 12 North Hamilton Street.
    2. FROM CORPORATION COUNSEL ACKERMANN, Resolution R15-13 approving preferred developer status for city owner property located at 35 Catherine Street.
    3. FROM CORPORATION COUNSEL ACKERMANN, Resolution R15-11, approving the Lead Agency and Negative Declaration pursuant to SEQRA for the Poughkeepsie water distribution system upgrade and reservoir replacement project.
    4. FROM CORPORATION COUNSEL ACKERMANN, Resolution R15-12, approving the financing for the Poughkeepsie water distribution system upgrade and reservoir replacement project.
    5. FROM CORPORATION COUNSEL ACKERMANN, Resolution R15-14, setting a public hearing for the proposed designation of 204 Church Street as an historic landmark.
  8. ORDINANCES AND LOCAL LAWS:
  9. PRESENTATION OF PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS:
    1. FROM STEVE TINKLEMAN of TINKLEMAN ASSOCIATES, a presentation regarding Pelton Mansion/Clover Street parcel.
    2. FROM COMMISSIONER OF FINANCE COYLE, September, October and November 2014 Financial Reports.
    3. FROM ADELINE P. MALONE, a notice of intent for 23 Duane Street to obtain a Liquor License.
  10. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
  11. NEW BUSINESS:
  12. ADJOURNMENT:
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ZBA Meeting Notice & Agenda – January 13, 2015

The attached agenda contains items to be considered at the next Zoning Board of Appeals meeting.

  ZBA Meeting Notice & Agenda - January 13, 2015 (30.6 KiB, 286 hits)

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 13th, at 6:30 p.m., at City Hall, third floor, Common Council Chambers, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY.

If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Consultant at (845) 451-4021

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER:

PUBLIC HEARINGS & DELIBERATIONS:

File #   2014-021                    

  • Address:                      10 Grand Street
  • Variance Type:           Area – Allow 2.2 foot side yard where 6 feet are required.
  • Area – Allow 2.2 foot rear yard where 15 feet are required.
  • Area – Allow 4 parking spaces where 6 parking spaces are required.
  • Project Proposal:       Expand use from 3 apartment units to 4 apartment units in existing buildings.
  • Zoning District:          R-4A
  • Applicant:                   Peter Clark
  • SEQR:                         Type II – Exempt

File #   2014 – 022

  • Address:                      105 Albany Street
  • Variance Type:           Area – Allow 2.2 foot side yard where 6 feet are required
  • Project Proposal:       Addition to existing residential building.
  • Zoning District:          R-4
  • Applicant:                   Hudson Venture Group, LLC
  • SEQR:                         Type II – Exempt

File #   2014 – 023

  • Address:                      218 Winnikee Avenue
  • Variance Type:           Area – Allow no property setback where 30 feet are required.
  • Area – Allow 4,094 sf lot area where 6,000 sf is required.
  • Area – Allow no side yard where 10 feet are required.
  • Area – Allow no front yard where 20 feet are required.
  • Area – Allow >60% lot coverage where 40% allowed.
  • Area – Allow no parking where 14 parking spaces are required.
  • Project Proposal:       Change in use to membership club in existing building.
  • Zoning District:          R-4
  • Applicant:                   Generations LLC
  • SEQR:                         Type II – Exempt

File #   2014-024                    

  • Address:                      18 Hooker Avenue
  • Variance Type:           Area – Allow 6,430 sf lot area where 18,000 sf are required.
  • Area – Allow 5.3 foot side yard where 10 feet are required.
  • Area – Allow 12.3 foot front yard where 20 feet are required.
  • Area – Allow 5 parking spaces where 8 are required.
  • Project Proposal:       Change is use to 4 unit apartment in existing building.
  • Zoning District:          R-3
  • Applicant:                   Jay Diesing, RA, Mauri Architects PC
  • SEQR:                         Type II – Exempt
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Road Work on High Street

Central Hudson contractor, Precision Pipeline, has closed High Street between Elm Place and Garden Street. Work zones are in place and emergency vehicles will be accommodated.

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Common Council Meeting – January 2, 2015

Common Council meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers, Third Floor, Municipal Building, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York.

Parking is available under City Hall. Enter the parking garage from the westbound arterial highway. For additional information, contact the City Clerk, at (845) 451-4225.

All Common Council meetings are webcasted live at: http://www.totalwebcasting.com/live/cop/

Once completed, the meetings are archived on the site for later viewing.

Common Council Agenda

  Common Council Agenda & Packet - January 2, 2015 (4.5 MiB, 354 hits)

  1. ROLL CALL
  2. REVIEW OF MINUTES:
    1. Common Council Meeting of August 18, 2014
    2. Common Council Meeting of August 25, 2014
    3. Public Hearing of September 2, 2014
  3. READING OF ITEMS by the City Chamberlain of any resolutions not listed on the printed agenda.
  4. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Three (3) minutes per person up to 45 minutes of public comment on any agenda and non-agenda items.
  5. MAYOR’S COMMENTS:
  6. CHAIRMAN’S COMMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS:
  7. MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS:
  8. ORDINANCES AND LOCAL LAWS:
  9. PRESENTATION OF PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS:
    1. FROM BARBARA COUGHLIN, a notice of personal injury sustained on October 25, 2014
    2. FROM MICHAEL T. ADSMOND, a notice of personal injury sustained on September 15, 2014.
    3. FROM TONYA L. NORWOOD, a notice of property damage sustained on October 27, 2014.
  10. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
  11. NEW BUSINESS:
  12. ADJOURNMENT:
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Common Council Organizational Meeting – January 2, 2015

  Common Council Organizational Meeting Agenda - January 2, 2015 (1.2 MiB, 109 hits)

Common Council Chambers
11:00 a.m.
Friday, January 2, 2015

  1. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  2. ROLL CALL
  3. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
    1. Chairman
    2. Vice – Chairman
    3. Majority Leader
    4. Minority Leader
  4. RESOLUTIONS:
    1. Resolution R15-01 adopting the 2015 Rules of Conduct and Procedure: By- Laws of the Common Council of the City of Poughkeepsie.
    2. Resolution R15-02 adopting Robert’s Rules of Order.
    3. Resolution R15-03 setting bonds for Commissioner of Finance and City Chamberlain.
    4. Resolution R15-04 authorizing the Commissioner of Finance to pay public debt, salary and wages for 2015.
    5. Resolution R15-05 approving designation of banks for deposits.
    6. Resolution R15-06 approving The Poughkeepsie Journal as the official newspaper.
    7. Resolution R15-07 appointing the City Chamberlain and Deputy City Chamberlain as a Marriage Officers for the City of Poughkeepsie.
    8. Resolution R15-08 Adoption of City’s purchasing policy.
  5. ADJOURNMENT:
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