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28 Jul, 2022 AM 10:00 — 28 Jul, 2022 AM 11:00   
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Planning Board Meeting

27 Jul, 2022 PM 7:00 — 27 Jul, 2022 PM 8:00   
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Planning Board Meeting. Technical Review Immediately Following Planning Board Meeting as Needed.

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Meeting at Pine Bush Fire House, Route 52, Pine Bush, NY 12566
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Approve Plan Regarding Extension of Pine Bush Fire District Into a Portion of the Town of Shawangunk

 

NOTICE OF JOINT PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATION OF THE PINE BUSH FIRE DISTRICT WITH THE NEW PROSPECT FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

 

Pursuant to Section 752 in Article 17-A of the General Municipal Law, the Town Board of the Town of Shawangunk and the Town Board of the Town of Crawford, at the request of the Pine Bush Fire District, have proposed the consolidation of the Pine Bush Fire District, effective January 1, 2023,  to include the New Prospect Fire Protection District, following the dissolution of the New Prospect Fire Protection District by the Town of Shawangunk.

 

A Joint Public Hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Pine Bush Fire District Firehouse,  2405 Route 52, Pine Bush, New York 12566 on the 26th day of July, 2022.

 

The Public Hearing will be held to hear public comment on the proposed Joint Plan of Consolidation Agreement.  Copies of the proposed Joint Plan of Consolidation Agreement will be available at the public hearing or at the office of the Town Clerks of the Towns of Shawangunk and Crawford.

 

A map showing the boundaries of the Pine Bush Fire District and the boundaries of the New Prospect Fire Protection District are available for review by all interested persons at the Pine Bush Firehouse, 2405 Route 52, Pine Bush, New York by calling Pine Bush Fire District Commissioner Robert Moorhead at (845) 283-3856 for an appointment.

 

The Public Hearing will be held to allow maximum public participation in the hearing.  The purpose of the Public Hearing is to allow any person in favor of or against the proposed consolidation plan, or for or against any item or items contained in the proposed consolidation plan, and hearing all persons interested in the subject concerning same.

 

All interested persons are invited to attend.

 

                                                            BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS

                                                            Pine Bush Fire District

                                   

                                                            TOWN BOARD

                                                            Town of Crawford

 

                                                            TOWN BOARD

                                                            Town of Shawangunk

 

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Bullville Fire District - Special Election

26 Jul, 2022 PM 6:00 — 26 Jul, 2022 PM 9:00   
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2891 Route 17K, Bullville, New York 6:00-9:00 PM - July 26, 2022
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Zoning Board Meeting - Special Meeting Notice - 07/21/2022

21 Jul, 2022 PM 7:30 — 18 Jul, 2022 PM 8:00   
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TOWN OF CRAWFORD ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE 121 Route 302 Pine Bush, NY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Crawford will hold a special meeting for the purpose of extending the area variance granted July 7, 2021, for the Bullville Fire Company, 2891 Route 17K, for the front yard setback for the firehouse no closer than 100 ft. to the center of the road. Said hearing will take place on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 7:30 P.M. at 121 Route 302, Pine Bush, NY. For the Zoning Board of Appeals Bruce Schwope, Chairman

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Town Board Meeting

21 Jul, 2022 PM 7:00 — 21 Jul, 2022 PM 10:00   
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Introduce Zoning Amendment for BP-H Zoning District and Set Public Hearing (Seniors, Workforce, Special Needs, Veterans Housing)

TOWN OF CRAWFORD

NOTICE OF HEARING

INTRODUCTORY LOCAL LAW

AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN BP-HAMLET ZONING DISTRICT

 

 

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that there has been introduced before the Town Board of the Town of Crawford, New York, on June 16, 2022, a local law, titled “Affordable Housing In BP-Hamlet Zoning District,” which local law would authorize affordable multiple dwellings as a special permit use in the Business Park-Hamlet (BP-Hamlet) zoning district and establish bulk and other requirements for the use.

A complete copy of the Introductory Local Law is available for inspection at the Clerk's Office.

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to Section 20 of the Municipal Home Rule Law, the Town Board of the Town of Crawford, New York, will hold a public hearing on the aforesaid Local Law on July 21, 2022, at 7:00 P.M. or soon thereafter, at the Town Hall, 121 Route 302, Pine Bush, New York, 12566, at which time all persons interested therein shall be heard.

The Town of Crawford will make every effort to assure that the hearing is accessible to persons with disabilities.  Anyone requiring special assistance and/or reasonable accommodations should contact the Town Clerk.

Dated: June 17, 2022

 

BY ORDER OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF CRAWFORD

 

JESSICA KEMPTER, TOWN CLERK

 


TOWN OF CRAWFORD

INTRODUCTORY LOCAL LAW

AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN BP-HAMLET ZONING DISTRICT

 

            BE IT ENACTED by the Town Board of the Town of Crawford, County of Orange, State of New York, as follows:

 

            Section 1.  Legislative Intent.  The intent of this local law is to allow and encourage the construction of affordable housing in the Business Park-Hamlet zoning district on sites that adjoin existing housing developments.  It is intended that such affordable dwelling units will be available for rent to work force, veteran, special needs and senior citizen occupants. 

 

            Section 2.  Column 2, titled “Special Permit Uses,” of the Table of Use Regulations for the BP (Business Park) Zoning District, authorized by §137-8, titled “Table of Use Regulations” of Chapter 137, titled “Zoning,” of the Code of the Town of Crawford is amended by adding a new special permit use, permitted only in the BP-Hamlet (Business Park-Hamlet) zoning district, to read as follows:

 

            17.       Affordable multiple dwellings (in BP-Hamlet zoning district only)

 

            Section 3.  Section 137-28, titled “Special conditions and safeguards for certain uses,” of Chapter 137, titled “Zoning,” of the Code of the Town of Crawford is amended by adding a new subsection W, titled “Affordable multiple dwellings in BP-Hamlet zoning district,” to read as follows:

 

            W.  Affordable multiple dwellings in BP-Hamlet zoning district. 

 

  1. All dwelling units shall be affordable to lower-income or moderate-income persons pursuant to income levels determined by New York State and/or Federal agencies.

 

  1. The provisions and requirements of §137-28E shall not apply.  Notwithstanding the bulk requirements contained in the Table of Dimensional Regulations for the BP-Hamlet zoning district, the bulk requirements shall be as follows:

 

  1. Minimum lot size:  2 acres
  2. Minimum lot width:  100 feet
  3. Minimum front yard setback:  75 feet
  4. Minimum side yard setback (each): 25 feet
  5. Minimum rear yard setback: 40 feet
  6. Maximum building height:  35 feet
  7. Maximum building coverage:  40%
  8. Minimum distance between buildings:  As determined by Planning Board during               special permit review
  9. Density:  20 dwelling units per gross acre
  10. Minimum habitable floor area:

1 bedroom:450 square feet

2 bedrooms: 700 square feet

3 bedrooms:800 square feet

 

  1. Mix of dwelling units:  One (1) three-bedroom dwelling unit is permitted for a             caretaker.  The remaining dwelling units shall be an equal number of one-   bedroom units and two-bedroom units. 
  2. Parking requirement:  1.5 spaces per dwelling unit

 

  1. Municipal water and sewer service must be available to service the site.

 

            Section 4.        Severability.  If a provision of any article, section, subsection, paragraph, subdivision or clause of this local law shall be adjudged invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, such order or judgment shall not affect or invalidate the remainder of any article, section, subsection, paragraph, subdivision or clause of this local law.

 

            Section 5.        Supersession.  Pursuant to the state Municipal Home Rule Law, this local law is intended to and shall supersede any inconsistent provisions of the state Town Law and any other special law.

 

            Section 6.        Effective Date.  This local law shall take effect immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State.

 

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TOWN OF CRAWFORD

NOTICE OF HEARING

INTRODUCTORY LOCAL LAW

INCREASE IN MAXIMUM FLOOR AREA OF WAREHOUSES IN THE

THE BUSINESS PARK ZONING DISTRICT

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that there has been introduced before the Town Board of the Town of Crawford, New York, on June 16, 2022, a local law, titled “Increase In Maximum Floor Area of Warehouses In The Business Park Zoning District,” which local law would increase the permitted maximum total floor area of warehouse and distribution centers in the BP (Business Park) zoning district from 200,000 square feet to 400,000 square feet.

A complete copy of the Introductory Local Law is available for inspection at the Clerk's Office.

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to Section 20 of the Municipal Home Rule Law, the Town Board of the Town of Crawford, New York, will hold a public hearing on the aforesaid Local Law on July 21, 2022, at 7:00 P.M. or soon thereafter, at the Town Hall, 121 Route 302, Pine Bush, New York, 12566, at which time all persons interested therein shall be heard.

The Town of Crawford will make every effort to assure that the hearing is accessible to persons with disabilities.  Anyone requiring special assistance and/or reasonable accommodations should contact the Town Clerk.

Dated: June 17, 2022

BY ORDER OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF CRAWFORD

 

JESSICA KEMPTER, TOWN CLERK

 

 

 

 

Introduce Zoning Amendment Regarding Warehouses in BP Zoning District 

 

TOWN OF CRAWFORD

INTRODUCTORY LOCAL LAW

INCREASE IN MAXIMUM FLOOR AREA OF WAREHOUSES

IN THE BUSINESS PARK ZONING DISTRICT

 

            BE IT ENACTED by the Town Board of the Town of Crawford, County of Orange, State of New York, as follows:

 

            Section 1.        Legislative Intent.  Warehouse and distribution centers are permitted as a special permit use in the Business Park (BP) and Industrial (I) zoning districts.  In the BP zoning district, the size of warehouse and distribution centers is limited to not more than 200,000 square feet total floor area.  The Town Board recognizes that warehouse users and warehouse developers seek the benefits of larger warehouse and distribution centers, and that the 200,000 square foot limitation discourages construction of warehouse and distribution centers in the BP zoning district.  In addition, the Town Board recognizes that under the existing zoning law, a warehouse/distribution center developer could subdivide a parcel and seek approval for multiple adjoining warehouse buildings totaling 400,000 square feet or more of floor area.  The Board believes that one larger warehouse building is better planning and more protective of the environment than two or three adjoining warehouse buildings, and that the Planning Board’s review of individual applications will ensure appropriate site layouts and neighborhood and environmental protection.  Accordingly, the intent of this local law is to increase the permitted maximum floor area of warehouses and distribution centers to 400,000 square feet.

 

            The Town Board recognizes that the minimum lot size requirement in the BP zoning district is 2.5 acres, and that 2.5 acres is not adequate to accommodate a 400,000-square foot warehouse/distribution center and associated loading areas, parking, driveways, stormwater facilities and landscaping.  Since a warehouse or distribution center is a special permit use, the Planning Board possesses discretion to determine on individual applications whether the site is suitable for a warehouse or distribution center of the proposed floor area, given the site size and physical characteristics, surrounding area and other relevant factors.

 

            Section 2.        The Table of Use Regulations for the BP (Business Park) Zoning District, authorized by §137-8, titled “Table of Use Regulations,” of Chapter 137, titled “Zoning,” is amended by amending Item 8 of Column 2, titled “Special Permit Uses,” to read as follows:

 

            8.  Warehouse and distribution centers not larger than 400,000 square feet total floor area.

 

            Section 3.        This local law shall take effect immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State.

 

 

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Planning Board - Public Hearing - Sprague

13 Jul, 2022 PM 7:00 — 13 Jul, 2022 PM 7:30   
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TOWN OF CRAWFORD PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE 121 Route 302 Pine Bush, NY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Planning Board of the Town of Crawford will hold a public hearing for site plan amendment to add a 50 ft. x 60 ft. storage garage at the E. Sprague Paving Business at the property located at 2811 Rte. 17K, designated as 26-4-15.2 on the Tax Map of the Town of Crawford in the BP Zoning District, owned by E. Sprague Paving. Said hearing will take place on July 13, 2022, at 7:00 P.M. at 121 Route 302, Pine Bush, NY. For the Planning Board Linda Zwart, Chairman

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Planning Board Meeting

13 Jul, 2022 PM 7:00 — 13 Jul, 2022 PM 8:00   
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Planning Board Meeting. Technical Review Immediately Following Planning Board Meeting as Needed.

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Public Hearing - Planning Board - Bullville Fire

13 Jul, 2022 PM 7:00 — 13 Jul, 2022 PM 7:30   
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TOWN OF CRAWFORD PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE 121 Route 302 Pine Bush, NY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Planning Board of the Town of Crawford will hold a public hearing for site plan amendment to construct a new 12,800 sq. ft. firehouse to replace existing firehouse located at 2891 Rt. 17K, designated as 24-1-93.1 on the Tax Map of the Town of Crawford in the BP Zoning District, owned by the Bullville Fire Company. Said hearing will take place on July 13, 2022, at 7:00 P.M. at 121 Route 302, Pine Bush, NY. For the Planning Board Linda Zwart, Chairman

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Public Hearing - Planning Board - McDonald's

13 Jul, 2022 PM 7:00 — 13 Jul, 2022 PM 7:30   
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TOWN OF CRAWFORD PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE 121 Route 302 Pine Bush, NY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Planning Board of the Town of Crawford will hold a public hearing for site plan amendment to add a second drive-thru window at the McDonalds located at 2350 Rte. 52, designated as 2-1-29.222 on the Tax Map of the Town of Crawford in the BP-Hamlet Zoning District, owned by Pax 10 LLC. Said hearing will take place on July 13, 2022, at 7:00 P.M. at 121 Route 302, Pine Bush, NY. For the Planning Board Linda Zwart, Chairma

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JFS - Volunteer Training

12 Jul, 2022 PM 5:30 — 12 Jul, 2022 PM 6:30   
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Flushing Main, Center, Holland and Hueg

07 Jul, 2022 — 07 Jul, 2022   
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ZBA Public Hearings - Sprague / Vittorini / Crawford Ridge Farms

06 Jul, 2022 PM 7:30 — 06 Jul, 2022 PM 8:00   
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TOWN OF CRAWFORD ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE 121 Route 302 Pine Bush, NY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Crawford will hold a public hearing to amend a resolution granting an area variance of 30 ft. for the rear yard setback by adding an additional side yard variance of 7 ft. for the installation of a 50 ft. x 60 ft. storage garage at the property located at 2811 Rt. 17K, designated as 26-4-15.2 on the Tax Map of the Town of Crawford in the BP Zoning District, owned by E. Sprague Paving Inc. Said hearing will take place on July 6, 2022, at 7:30 P.M. at 121 Route 302, Pine Bush, NY. For the Zoning Board of Appeals Bruce Schwope, Chairman

 

TOWN OF CRAWFORD ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE 121 Route 302 Pine Bush, NY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Crawford will hold a public hearing for area variances for side yard setbacks for a 300 sq. ft. addition in the rear of an existing house at the property located at 176 Depot St., designated as 6-5-6 on the Tax Map of the Town of Crawford in the (BP-Hamlet) Zoning District, owned by David Vittorini. Said hearing will take place on July 6, 2022, at 7:30 P.M. at 121 Route 302, Pine Bush, NY. For the Zoning Board of Appeals Bruce Schwope, Chairman

 

 

TOWN OF CRAWFORD

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

 PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

121 Route 302

Pine Bush, NY

 

 

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Crawford will hold a public hearing for a use variance for an accessory apartment in an existing single family house at the property located at 2266 Rt. 52, designated as 2-1-83.2 on the Tax Map of the Town of Crawford in the BP Zoning District, owned by Crawford Ridge Farms/DeGroodt.  Said hearing will take place on July 6, 2022, at 7:30 P.M. at 121 Route 302, Pine Bush, NY.  

 

                                                                        For the Zoning Board of Appeals

                                                                        Bruce Schwope, Chairman     

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Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

06 Jul, 2022 PM 7:30 — 06 Jul, 2022 PM 8:30   
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Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

 

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Town Hall Closed: 4th of July

04 Jul, 2022 — 05 Jul, 2022   
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Town Hall Closed: 4th of July

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Crawford Press Releases

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Please find and view the most up to date news and information regarding the Town of Crawford listed below.

 

 

TOWN OF CRAWFORD

COUNTY OF ORANGE

STATE OF NEW YORK

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town of Crawford invites sealed bids on the 2024 TOWN OF CRAWFORD PARK MOWING BID for the Town Parks located at 19 Red Mills Road, Pine Bush, New York 12566 and 612 Lybolt Road, Bullville, New York 10915.

Sealed bids will be received by the Town Clerk until 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at which time all sealed bids will be opened.  Bid specifications may be obtained from the Town Clerk at 121 Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 845-744-2020.

FOR THE TOWN BOARD

Jessica M. Kempter

Town Clerk

TODAY IS TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2024

TOWN HALL IS ON A TWO-HOUR DELAY DUE

TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

Town of Crawford

County of Orange

State of New York

121 State Route 302
Pine Bush, NY  12566

Town Board Meeting

Schedule for 2024

Third Thursday of the Month – 7:00 PM

January 2 – Re-org

January 18

February 15

March 21

April 18

May 16

June 20

July 18

August 15

September 19

October 17

November 21

December 19

FOR THE TOWN BOARD

TOWN OF CRAWFORD

Jessica M. Kempter

Town Clerk

Dated:  January 2, 2024

Taxes will be collected in person (See hours of collection below) at Town Hall or can be mailed to Town of Crawford Tax Collector at 121 Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566. CASH, CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS ACCEPTED AS PAYMENT. Postmark date is accepted on mail.

*****Payment in cash must be in exact amount only. ***** Check payments must include Homeowners Phone Number & Address. No payments will be accepted after April 1, 2024. After April 1, 2024, you need to call the Orange County Commissioner of Finance for payment & penalty information at (845) 291-2480.

Hours of Collection

JANUARY 2024
Monday through Friday - 8:30 AM to 1:00PM & 2:00PM to 4:00 PM (Closed between 1:00PM & 2:00PM for lunch)

FEBRUARY 2024
Monday, Thursday and Friday Only - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

MARCH 2024
Tuesday and Friday Only - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

APRIL 1ST 2024 - Only - 8:30 AM to 1:00PM & 2:00PM to 4:00 PM (Closed between 1:00PM & 2:00PM for lunch)


Bills can be viewed from any computer by going online at: www.egov.basny.com/crawford

Payments made to the County will not be posted on this website.

TOWN OF CRAWFORD

NOTICE OF HEARING

INTRODUCTORY LOCAL LAW

REZONING A PORTION OF TAX PARCEL 25-1-41

TO BUSINESS PARK ZONING DISTRICT

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that there has been introduced before the Town Board of the Town of Crawford, New York, on December 21, 2023, a local law, titled Rezoning A Portion Of Tax Parcel 25-1-41 To Business Park Zoning District,” which local law would rezone the portion of property identified as Tax Map No. 25-1-41, located at 2416 State Route 17K, that is currently zoned in the RA (Residence/Agriculture) zoning district to the BP (Business Park) zoning district. The property owner/developer has committed to maintain as open space the portions of the property that abut adjoining lands zoned in the RA (Residence/Agriculture) zoning district.

A complete copy of the Introductory Local Law is available for inspection at the Clerk's Office.

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to Section 20 of the Municipal Home Rule Law, the Town Board of the Town of Crawford, New York, will hold a public hearing on the aforesaid Local Law on January 18, 2024, at 7:00 P.M. or soon thereafter, at the Town Hall, 121 Route 32, Pine Bush, New York, 12566 at which time all persons interested therein shall be heard.

The Town of Crawford will make every effort to assure that the hearing is accessible to persons with disabilities. Anyone requiring special assistance and/or reasonable accommodations should contact the Town Clerk.

Dated: December 22, 2023

BY ORDER OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF CRAWFORD

JESSICA KEMPTER, TOWN CLERK

 

TOWN OF CRAWFORD

COUNTY OF ORANGE

STATE OF NEW YORK

 

            PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town of Crawford Town Board will hold a Re-

Organizational Meeting, Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 6:45 am at the Town Hall, 121 Route

302, Pine Bush, New York.

                                                                                                FOR THE TOWN BOARD

                                                                                                TOWN OF CRAWFORD

                                                                                                Jessica M. Kempter

                                                                                                Town Clerk 

Dated:  December 21, 2023

Coterminous Town-Village Information

Hello Town of Crawford Residents,

Many of you signed a petition to form a coterminous town-village in the Town of Crawford. The Town Board has approved this petition, and we are asking registered voters to vote on this referendum on December 12, 2023, between 8am and 9pm at the Crawford Community Center, 115 St. Rt 302, Pine Bush. We believe this move is in keeping with the Master Plan formed in 2014 and adopted on May 18, 2017. At that time, town residents, business owners, town officials and others came together to form a comprehensive plan for the Town of Crawford. Surveys were sent out to all residents, and public Community Visioning sessions were held to determine what we all wanted for our town. Part of the Mission Statement that was formulated included the following:

We pledge to work in partnership with our residents to foster community pride, to develop a vibrant, diversified economy, to plan for the future, to support the health and well-being of all residents and to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of our environment through strong relationships between residents, the Town, businesses, educators, non-profits, and our faith-based community. The Town of Crawford will facilitate a forward-looking, people-friendly community that champions our community’s diversity and results in a better place to live, work, play and raise families.

We believe that forming a coterminous town-village strongly supports the vision of Town of Crawford’s future that we all shared. Many of you have asked questions about what this actually means for our town and residents. We hope the following information answers these questions for you.

What is the petition asking for? The petition is a request by Town residents to transform Crawford from a town to a consolidated or coterminous town-village. Coterminous means having a shared border. The new village would take up the Town of Crawford entirely. This means that no other villages could be formed within our town. At the time of this writing, this is still possible. The residents who signed the petition want to keep the Town of Crawford as it is, without any other villages being formed within our town limits.

What would happen if another village were formed within the Town of Crawford? If another village were formed within the Town of Crawford, they could form their own municipal government, enact their own laws, and create their own highway department and ambulance services. This could, and probably would, result in additional expenses and overlapping taxes for Town of Crawford residents.

If the petition passes, will it prevent other villages being formed within the Town of Crawford? Yes, if the petition passes, it will prevent other villages being created within Town of Crawford borders. We would form a coterminous village which means the village would be the exact same size as the Town of Crawford with the same borders. We would then immediately form the village back into a town called the Consolidated Town of Crawford, but we expect that it will informally continue to be referred to as the Town of Crawford.

Why would we transform the village to a town? Reverting back to a town format would enable us to keep everything in town exactly the way it is: the same highway department, ambulance services, utilities and water service, Town Board, Town Supervisor, Town Clerk and Tax Collector format. It would be the same Town of Crawford we now know, only now we can be sure that no other villages will be formed within our borders.

When do we vote on this proposal? On December 12th, you will have the opportunity to vote on this proposal. It will be a “combined referendum,” because it will ask you to vote on two things: (1) forming a coterminous (sharing the same boundaries with the Town of Crawford) village and (2) transforming that village back into a town.

What exactly will we be voting on? Two yes/no questions will be posed to eligible voters as follows:

  1. Should the Village of Crawford be incorporated pursuant to the elector-initiated petition? NEED TO VOTE YES TO PASS
  2. Should the newly-incorporated Village of Crawford be immediately consolidated with the existing Town of Crawford to create the Town-Village of Crawford? NEED TO VOTE YES TO PASS

Why should I vote yes for each referendum? The existence of a village prevents other villages from incorporating within the same borders. The creation of a town-village within the Town of Crawford’s existing borders will prevent any other villages from incorporating in the Town of Crawford.

What happens if I vote yes to one referendum and no to the other? If you vote yes to one referendum and no to the other, your vote will count as a NO. In order for your vote to count as a YES, you need to vote yes to both items in the referendum: (1) yes to forming a coterminous village and (2) yes to transforming that village to a consolidated town.

What changes will be made to the existing Town Board and Supervisor powers if the petition passes? No changes will be made. The Town Supervisor and each Town Board member will retain the same abilities.

Will there be any extra steps or changes in the process of applying for building permits? No, the procedure will not cause any extra steps or changes in the building-permit application process.

Will there be any changes in our current zoning laws?

No, the procedure itself will not cause any changes to the current zoning laws.

Will this change result in any type of new taxes for the new town-village? No, there will be no impact on taxes for the new town-village.

Will it be necessary to re-assess all the properties in the new town-village? No, there is no need to impose a reassessment of properties within the new town-village.

Will this in any way affect our current school district boundaries? No, the school district boundaries are not affected by this procedure.

What is required for this petition to pass? In order for the petition to pass, a majority of residents have to vote yes to BOTH items in the referendum.

What happens if the petition doesn’t pass? If either referendum fails, the reorganization will not take place, and the process cannot be reinitiated for at least four years. During that time, other villages could be formed within the Town of Crawford. This is why it’s important to vote yes to both items so that we will become a consolidated town and no other villages can be formed within our borders.

Are absentee ballots permitted? Absentee ballots are prohibited for incorporation referendums, so they would not be allowed in this vote.

The Town Supervisor and Town Board strongly encourage all to vote yes to both questions in the dual-referendum to keep our town whole and undivided. If you have any questions or concerns about this vote, feel free to stop in to Town Hall and see the Town Supervisor or Town Clerk or call 845-744-2020.

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Pine Bush Fire District - Annual Election 2023 - 12/12/2023

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Bullville Fire District - Annual Election - 12/12/2023