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Fallsburg aims to put safety first amongst COVID concerns

Aug 24, 2020

By Samantha Montagna  - reporter/photographer

FALLSBURG — With the news that schools will be reopening for at least some in-person classes in the fall, Town Supervisor Steven Vegliante announced that they will start looking into opening the remaining parks such as the playground in the dog park.
He said that if the same guidelines can be followed that the schools must follow such as extra sanitizing, social distancing, and crowd monitoring, then the parks can potentially open.
“With the public's cooperation, we won't have to close them back down,” Vegliante stated.
He added that if there is an increase in cases, “we will take whatever actions necessary for the safety of the public.”
In addition, the Town's offices will remain closed to the public. Vegliante said the board wanted to wait to see if the pandemic gets “better or worse,” and there was no reason to put the staff at risk.
If someone got sick, it could really affect business operations since many departments are run by only one or two people, Vegliante explained.
Vegliante addressed a note he received about the basketball courts. He said that he did not think it was safe to reopen the basketball courts since playing basketball “negates social distancing,” but Vegliante promised to keep looking into it since schools will be opening.
The town board also held a public hearing during their legislative meeting on August 10. The public had the opportunity to address the board about a zone change on Glen Wild Road. Robert Kaplan, the owner of the property, wants his property to be rezoned from industrial to agricultural since the property next to his is already zoned for agriculture.
Supervisor Vegliante recused himself and Deputy Supervisor Nathan Steingart lead the public hearing. No one from the public addressed the board during the hearing. The zone change is expected to be approved at the next legislative meeting.
The board also voted to adopt a new schedule to retain and dispose of New York Local Government Records. According to the New York State Archives, “The State Archives revised and consolidated its local government records retention and disposition schedules and issued a single, comprehensive retention schedule for all types of local governments on August 1st, 2020.” Local governments will not have to follow this new schedule when keeping and disposing of important records. For more information, residents can visit,

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