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Rosendale town board meeting July 13th, 2011

The Rosendale town board and planning board will be submitting comments regarding the Williams Lake Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The matter revolves around a large hotel off Binnewater Road, which developers propose to demolish and rebuild. A public hearing was held on June 6th at SUNY […]

Help on the Way: Joppenberg friends gear up to raise mountain funds

Tuesday nights in Rosendale have become regular meeting times for this community’s newly-formed Joppenbergh Mountain Preservation Association (JMPA), informally known as “Friends of Joppenberg” (FOJ). The group, which meets at the Fre Atlast’s drum studio on Main Street, is modeled after the highly successful ad-hoc Rosendale Theater Collective. Their goal is to help privately raise […]

Brother, can you spare a mountain?

They couldn’t bring McDonough to the mountain — but maybe they can bring the mountain to McDonough. Rosendale has no surplus funds to buy Joppenburg mountain, town supervisor Patrick McDonough revealed at the June 1st town board meeting. The disclosure comes in the wake of several controversial meetings in April and May, which drew a […]

McDonough in hot seat over Joppenberg allocation

Sparks flew at the sparsely-attended May 12th Rosendale town board meeting, where Republicans took on town supervisor Patrick McDonough over the pending purchase of Joppenberg mountain. The land deal was approved last month, after a long and controversial public hearing process. Rosendale agreed to spend $85,000 to buy 117 acres of undeveloped wasteland from local […]

Rosendale town board votes to buy Joppenberg Mountain for $85,000

Rosendale’s local government decided to go forward with the controversial purchase of Joppenberg Mountain for $85,000. The vote came at a contentious meeting last week on April 13th, where council members disagreed along party lines: three Democrats in favor, against two Republicans opposed. The night was marked by occasional outbursts, eventually leading to the ejection […]

Joppenberg Attorney Joe O’Connor Speaks to Crowd

A unique viewpoint was expressed at the April 6th public hearing in Rosendale, when Joppenberg Mountain attorney Joseph E. O’Connor spoke on behalf of his client, favoring the town purchase. The attorney‘s comments offer a rare glimpse into the historically opaque corporation. “I’m not an open space person, per se,” O’Connor said, whose family has […]

Big turnout for Joppenberg hearing

The Rosendale Recreation Center was filled to capacity on April 6th, for the public hearing on Rosendale’s proposed purchase of Joppenberg Mountain. The 495-foot peak looms over the downtown business district as a local landmark, sitting upon 117 acres of undeveloped forest and waste, wrapping around the north side of Main Street from the trestle […]

Townfolk Shall “Tell it from the Mountain.”

The town of Rosendale is further considering acquiring Joppenberg Mountain, through a series of transactions initiated by the not-for-profit Open Space Institute. A last-minute agenda item was added at the March 2nd town board workshop meeting, discussing a resolution scheduled for the following week, to hold a public hearing over possible land purchase. Joppenburg is […]