Letter to the editor – Mt. Rutsen and River Roads
Dear Deputy Dutchess County Public Works Commissioner Robert Balkind and DCDPW Commissioner Noel Knille:
At the March 23rd meeting of the Rhinebeck Town Board, the Dutchess County Department of Public Works’ (DCDPW’s) rushed plans to cut down five 100-year-old trees (in the first week of April!) as part of its plans to turn the River/Mt. Rutsen Road intersection into a “T” (instead of current “Y”) were publicly revealed for the first time.
The Rhinebeck Conservation Advisory Board publicly went on record at this meeting, stating that they did not want these five trees cut down, and further, that the Town of Rhinebeck LWRP (Local Waterfront Revitalization Program), approved by the Town Board (and now part of state and federal law), means that the land in question must go through a “coastal assessment form process.” Sadly, DCDPW is trying to avoid this; Bill Dowden of the CAB noted at the Mar. 23rd meeting that DCDPW had not reached out to CAB either on this issue, and further, that the land in question is also part of the Estates District Scenic Area of Statewide Significance in Rhinebeck (part of the LWRP): http://www.rhinebeck-ny.gov/files/LWRP/Appendix_A.pdf .