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December 2021
   Mayor's Letter


Greetings from Village Hall! 

 In November we honored our Veterans on Veterans Day, gratefully celebrated Thanksgiving, added Holiday lights to the Village, gave out hot chocolate to kids to support Small Business Saturday, and lit the menorah for Chanukah. And we picked up a lot of leaves!

The most exciting news is we have received our final clearance to begin construction on our long awaited sewer project. Carver Construction will begin later this month. Check for updates on the Village website.

We are also ready to share proposed zoning revisions! Details are on the website: here (scroll down). A public hearing is scheduled for Mon. Dec 6 at 7pm. Join in person at Village Hall or virtually via link on the Village website.

I hope to see you around the Village. Remember, if you buy local, you don't have to worry about shipping time!!

Happy Holidays!

Mayor Karen Smythe
Fall Tree Planting Around the Village 

The Annual Fall Planting Day occurred on November 6, 2021. Sixteen volunteers planted twelve trees   throughout the Village. Tree sites were located on     Amherst Road, Benner Road, Garden Street, Fraleigh Street, and at Richard Abrahams Memorial Park. The Village Green Committee thanks Michele Decker (Decker Construction) for assisting and digging holes at the tree sites, and Chris Coon (RHV Highway Department) for watering the trees after planting. Thanks to all of the Village Green Committee Officers and volunteers who made the 2021 Annual Fall Planting a success. 
Lighting Up the Village
   The Village Events Committee,           chaired by Amy Smith, celebrated       lighting up the Village with holiday       lights on Small Business Saturday,       Nov. 27 to encourage support of our     local businesses. The Committee           gave out coupons for hot chocolate     to children, redeemable at J&J's or       Taste Budds. 

Even though it  was a chilly night, the team had a good time greeting people in the Village.
Honoring Our Veterans
  On Veterans Day, Thursday      Novemeber 11, the Red              Hook VFW Post 7765 hosted    a service at Memorial Park        to honor all our veterans.

  Veteran Dave Feroe                    performed a beautiful                rendition of Amazing Grace. 
Out of respect for all the guests, the Mayor cut her remarks short due to all the speakers. Here is the rest of her remarks:

While we should thank the men and women who have served our country and fought for our freedoms every day, it is good to have a special day to stop and recognize the sacrifices made on behalf of all of us. Today is a special day. It was originally Armistice Day recognizing the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the Allied Nations and Germany signed an armistice agreeing to cease combat, effectively ending WWI. Overtime, it expanded into a day to honor all the brave men and women who fought for their country no matter in which war they served. The name was changed to Veteran’s Day in 1954.

Taps were played by Axel Fenn, grandson  of VFW Member
Ross Fenn.

Snow Preparation:
If you have anything in the street right-of-way, i.e. a basketball hoop, it must be removed now to allow for snow removal. Also, no parking between 11pm and 6am thru the winter.

Recycling Contamination:
Some recycling has been rejected in the last couple of months due to contamination. Please check 
here for what's ok & not ok to recycle. For example, pizza boxes are NOT recyclable.  

Leaf & Brush Pickup:
We are currently focused on leaf pickup. Once leaf pickup is finished, there will be a final brush pickup in early December depending on the leaves and the weather. Please do not put brush or yard waste mixed with leaves. 

Garbage & Recycling:
Garbage Tags can be purchased at Village Hall, or call ahead so we can have them ready for you (845)-758-1081
Lighting of the Menorah 

Rhinebeck Jewish Center hosted a lighting of the menorah on Monday, Nov 29 at the Info Booth next to Village Hall in celebration of Chanukah. 
Light Parade through the Village

Keep an eye out for a parade
of lighted vehicles from fire trucks to
construction trucks driving through
the Village on the evening of
Saturday, December 18th

to add a little holiday cheer. 

        Sunday, December 19, 2021
        from 12:00-3:00pm 
        In the VFW Parking Lot

The First Annual Christmas Tree Festival 

December 11-30, 202, Sponsored by Christ Church Episcopal, Red Hook. 

Come and enjoy a festival of trees, decorated by local businesses and families. Trees will be lit daily at 5pm. 
After years of work, zoning revisions are ready for review and adoption.

These revisions include amendments for accessory dwelling units and apartments, amendments related to multi-family dwelling units and adding shed bulk regulations to the R10,000 and R20,000 districts.

The proposal includes the deletion of the Highway Business (HB) District and to be replaced with a Gateway Business (GWB) District. 

The proposal adds 8 properties to the Neighborhood Mixed Use (NMU) District.

The proposed zoning law amendments, and the proposed revised zoning map are on the Village website.

We are holding a PUBLIC HEARING on December 6th at 7pm for proposed Zoning Revisions. Please join us and share your thoughts. 

  • For the winter, NO PARKING permitted on any street from 11pm to 6am
  • Next Village Board meeting - December 6th, 7pm in the Village Hall. Check the website for agenda and link to join virtually if you don't want to attend in person.
  • PUBLIC HEARING on December 6th for proposed Zoning Revisions.
  • The December Workshop meeting has been cancelled. The January Board meeting will be January 10th at 7pm in Village Hall.
  • Click HERE for the Village Calendar 
                     VILLAGE OF RED HOOK
Mayor - Karen Smythe     Deputy Mayor - Brent Kovalchik
Trustee Charles Laing      Trustee Melkorka Kjarval
7467 South Broadway
Red Hook, NY  12571
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