Wallkill Valley Times Mar. 07 2018

Vol. 36, No. 10 3 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2018 Promoting peace Peter Pan Page 22 Page 15 3 ONE DOLLAR w w w .W a l l k i l l V a l l e y T i m e s . n e t Student safety a priority Schools look for ways to increase security By JASPREET GILL jgill@tcnewspapers.com School safety has been a heavy topic of discussion since the recent Parkland, Florida school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School which left 17 people dead. A number of concerned parents are voicing their opinions on their children’s safety. Now, school administration is responding. A parent of a student who attends Circleville Elementary School brought up the issue during a February 27 Pine Bush Board of Education meeting. “The world is a changing place,” she said. “What we’ve been doing worked but I don’t think it works anymore. An example: my son goes to Circleville Elementary. Anybody gets buzzed in that building. All you have to do is say, ‘I’m Continued on page 4 S ection IX C hamps Bond Brungard The Bushmen of Pine Bush celebrated their Section 9, Class AA championship over the weekend at SUNY Orange. Story on page 36. Shawangunk refines solar law By TED REMSNYDER The Shawangunk Town Board is moving closer to approving legislation that would regulate solar developments in the municipality, as the council refined the proposed local law at its meeting on Thursday evening. The public hearing on the law opened during the board’s meeting on Feb. 1, and at last week’s session the board revealed minor tweaks to the law based on feedback from residents. The latest version of the law reiterates that all large-scale solar farms in the town would be limited to 20 acres, which would not allow for the proposed 94-acre project on the Borden Home Farm property. A passage was added to the purpose and intent section of the bill to further clarify the point of the local law. “The Town Board further finds and determines that large-scale solar systems shall continue to be prohibited within the ridge stewardship, zones RS1, RS2 and the Borden Home Farm Historic overlay (BH-O) zoning districts, as these lands are previously determined to be unique and of heightened sensitivity in the town,” the proposed law states. “Additionally, large-scale solar systems will continue to be prohibited in the various business, commercial and industrial zoning districts within the town, so that these new lands may be developed for those uses which increase the town’s commercial base.” The public hearing will remain open through the board’s next meeting on March 15, and could continue into April if the board does not close the hearing and vote on the law during its next session. Continued on page 5 SERVING CRAWFORD, GARDINER, MAYBROOK, MONTGOMERY, PINE BUSH, SHAWANGUNK, WALDEN AND WALLKILL