Southern Ulster Times Dec. 06 2017

T IMES SOUTHERN ULSTER Vol. 14, No 49 3 DECEMBER 6 - 12, 2017 Award winning poster Page 46 Last week the Marlborough Town Board approved a resolution to establish a “Community Choice Aggregation” [CCA] program with Sun & Energy, a Millbrook based energy provider that has been in business for a year. This program has the potential of lowering Marlborough’s overall energy costs while sparking “clean energy innovation and investment,” while improving customer choice and value and protecting the environment.” Marlborough is the second town in the Mid Hudson region that has stated their intention to try out the program. The more towns that agree to participate, the ONE DOLLAR Shop Local! Special section SERVING HIGHLAND, MARLBOROUGH AND PLATTEKILL Marlborough joins energy program By MARK REYNOLDS 3 more leverage Sun & Energy can apply to lower energy costs for all participants. The resolution was drafted after the town heard of the program from two principals of Sun & Energy, Joel Santisteban and Jason Lieberman. According to their website, the company Continued on page 2 Let it snow! Highland holds off on school roof work By MARK REYNOLDS Mark Reynolds Milton youngsters celebrate the season, Sunday, with (fake) snow at the annual tree lighting ceremony at the library. Story, photos on pages 5 and 29. WWW.SOUTHERNULSTERTIMES.COM At their November 21 meeting the Highland School Board was poised to approve roofing work at all three schools for a total of $892,204 but ultimately decided to table the measure. Board President Alan Barone explained the reason for halting the work. “The board wants to continue discussions with the Support Service and possibly our community committee to revisit the roofs at all three campuses. That would also involve the additional construction work with the Palombo Group. So we will table that until we have a committee meeting and report back to the entire board and have discussions and [then] move forward,” he said. Board member Mike Bakatsias cautioned that he did not want to miss any “time frames and would like to keep all options open as the data comes in.” Barone said the Construction Manager has warned that it is possible that the cost of the work may increase after January 1, 2018 because the prevailing wage rate for public works may rise. School Business Administrator Louise Lynch sent a memo on November 17 to Interim School Superintendent Thomas Bongiovi that broke down the $892,204 total for the roofing work. She pointed out Continued on page 27