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Spring 2024 Meetings: Thursday March 14th, 7pm, at the McKownville Firehouse; and
Thursday April 11th, and Wednesday May 15th
(7pm at the Hampton Inn, 1442 Western Avenue) 

Please note that we continue to encourage you to wear a mask to our in-person meetings.

During the week prior to a public meeting, a flyer with details on the meeting agenda will be delivered to McKownville homes, and posted in this website, and notice sent to email subscribers.

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Fall 2023 Meetings
Wednesday, November 29 - 7pm., at the Hampton Inn, 1442 Western Avenue
Town Supervisor Peter Barber provided updates on the new Town website, the 2024 budget, and park and sidewalk improvements, as well as information about the Comprehensive Plan Update and the tree preservation committee.  Luke Rumsey, Director of Community Relations, State University of New York at Albany, informed us about activities and projects underway on campus, and answered questions from the audience.
[Meeting announcement flyer - pdf file]

Thursday, October 26 - 7pm., at the Hampton Inn, 1442 Western Avenue
Our October meeting began with announcements from Town Supervisor Peter Barber on various topics, including: the Town’s intentions to enlarge exemptions from Town taxes for eligible seniors and persons with disabilities on limited incomes; updates on the Comprehensive Plan Update; the 2024 budget; the Highway Department’s leaf pickup schedule; the opening of the new EMS station, and coming parks improvements.  The remainder of the evening was devoted to a “Meet the Candidates” segment, during which candidates for Town offices introduced themselves and answered questions from the audience.
[Meeting announcement flyer - pdf file]

Wednesday, September 20th - 7pm., at the Hampton Inn, 1442 Western Avenue

Town Supervisor Peter Barber began the meeting with announcements on a variety of topics; including Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, the Farnsworth Middle School recycling event, improvements at our Town parks, the Town's 2024 budget process, and the Guilderland Comprehensive Plan Update.
Amanda Beedle, founder of Caring Closet - Guilderland, spoke to us about how the organization helps Guilderland school students in need and a special event coming up on October 21st;
Representatives from the McKownville Fire Department updated us on progress that is being made toward modernizing and expanding the firehouse;
Two MIA volunteers (Ellen Manning, and Laura Barry) are serving on subcommittees for the Guilderland Comprehensive Plan Update: the Neighborhoods and Housing subcommittee, and the Environment, Climate Change, and Resiliency subcommittee. They made a presentation of ideas being considered for inclusion in planning Guilderland’s future in these important areas, and discussion and contributions were invited on these topics and any others which might particularly affect McKownville.
[Meeting announcement flyer - pdf file]

Spring 2023 Meetings
Thursday, May 25 - 7pm., at the Hampton Inn, 1442 Western Avenue
Speakers at our May meeting included Town Supervisor Peter Barber, and Heather Murphy, who told us about financial aid opportunities available for adult learners and first generation college students through the federal University at Albany TRIO EOC program. There was an election for the Association officers and two board members.
[Meeting announcement flyer - pdf file]

Wednesday, April 26 - 7pm., at the Hampton Inn, 1442 Western Avenue
Town Supervisor Peter Barber made announcements on a variety of topics.  Assemblymember Patricia Fahy spoke about the 2023 legislative session and other matters affecting McKownville residents, and Superintendent of Schools Marie Wiles provided details about the proposed 2023-2024 school budget and answered questions from the audience.  Two candidates running for seats on the Board of Education were introduced.  Finally, Biagio DelVillano and Dale Nunamann from Delaware Engineering updated us on the remaining work needed to complete the storm water drainage improvement project and, to celebrate the end of the project, Delaware Engineering provided refreshments at this meeting.
[Meeting announcement flyer - pdf file]   [Meeting summary]

Thursday, March 23 - online Zoom meeting, 7pm.
Town Supervisor Peter Barber made announcements on a variety of topics, including the Comprehensive Plan Update, construction of the Northway roundabout scheduled to begin on April 5, and planned improvements at Town parks. Town Planner Ken Kovalchik spoke about the planning process, and about development projects now underway or under consideration. Biagio DelVillano from Delaware Engineering updated us on the final stages of the storm water drainage improvement project.
[Meeting announcement flyer - pdf file] [Meeting summary]

Fall 2022 Meetings
Wednesday, November 16 - online Zoom meeting, 7pm.
Due to scheduled maintenance at the Hampton Inn our November meeting was held online.  Following updates from Town Supervisor Peter Barber and Biagio DelVillano from Delaware Engineering, Guilderland Highway Superintendent Gregory Wier spoke to us about his department’s responsibilities and answered questions from the audience.  Special thanks to Delaware Engineering for kindly hosting the meeting for us.
[Meeting announcement flyer - pdf file]  [Meeting summary]

Thursday, October 27
- 7pm., at the Hampton Inn, 1442 Western Avenue
At our October meeting, County Legislator Mickey Cleary reminded us that Albany County residents are invited to respond to the American Rescue Plan Act Funding Survey. Responses are due by November 16th.
Supervisor Peter Barber described the improvements at Abele Park and told us that the project to install new sidewalks in Town is nearly complete, and that we now have close to nine miles of sidewalks extending from the eastern end of Western Avenue all the way to the new roundabout on Carman Road.  The continuation of the public hearing on the proposed law intended preserve native trees that was scheduled for November 1was postponed, and will most likely be added to the agenda for the December 6 Town Board meeting.  Delaware Engineering told us that the contractor expects to complete all of the storm sewer installation work this year, weather permitting. Lawn restoration will be finished in the spring, and the Town will pave the affected streets sometime next year.  Storm sewer work has since begun on Norwood Street.
The shorter business portion of the meeting allowed time after it for the attendees to mingle with neighbors and enjoy some seasonal refreshments.
[Meeting announcement flyer - pdf file]

Wednesday, September 21 - 7pm., at the Hampton Inn, 1442 Western Avenue
At our September meeting guest speaker Jeremy Smith, Director of Facilities for the Capital District Transportation Authority, told us about the construction of the BusPlus Purple Line that is going to run through the Harriman and UAlbany campuses, and answered questions from the audience. Town Supervisor Peter Barber spoke about many activities that the Town is working on, including capital projects, the 2023 preliminary Town Budget, the proposed Tree Preservation Committee, a new Conservation Easement Program, and updates on Costco and the Guilderland Comprehensive Plan. Biagio DelVillano from Delaware Engineering provided an update on the status of the storm water drainage improvement project. [Meeting announcement flyer - pdf file]

Spring 2022 Meetings 
 Thursday, May 19
, 7pm., at the Hampton Inn, 1442 Western Avenue
Supervisor Barber spoke on a number of current Town matters; Biagio DelVillano from Delaware Engineering gave a status update on the storm water drainage construction project.  Additionally, Luke Rumsey, Interim Director for Community Relations of the University at Albany, told us about ongoing and upcoming construction projects on campus. An election of all Association officers, and of three board members was held; all officers and the three board members were reelected.
[Meeting announcement flyer - pdf file] [Meeting summary]


Wednesday, April 20
, 7pm., at the Hampton Inn, 1442 Western Avenue
Biagio DelVillano from Delaware Engineering gave an update on the status of the storm water drainage improvement project.
Thirteen candidates are running for three open seats on the Guilderland Board of Education.  The election will take place on Tuesday, May 17.  Five candidates briefly introduced themselves and told us why they wish to serve on the BOE.
Our last speaker was MIA secretary Laura Barry.  As many of you know, Laura has compiled lists of trees and shrubs appropriate for planting in McKownville.  She gave a presentation that she has created highlighting the advantages of incorporating native plants into our environment.
[Meeting announcement flyer - pdf file]


Wednesday, March 23, 7pm., at the Hampton Inn, 1442 Western Avenue
Town Supervisor Peter Barber made announcements regarding recent activities in the town, and answered questions from the audience.
Biagio DelVillano from Delaware Engineering updated us on the status of the storm water drainage improvement project.
Amanda Beedle, one of our newly serving Town Board members, spoke about a program that she has initiated in her private life called The Caring Closet Guilderland. 
The State Historic Preservation Office has approved the 'Country Club Highlands' section of McKownville for listing on the NYS Register of Historic Places, and we anticipate that listing on the National Register will occur soon. With that in mind, Bill Kidd spoke to us about plaques that residents of this section  might purchase and place on their houses.
[Meeting announcement flyer - pdf file]


  Fall 2021 Meetings 
Online meeting: Thursday, November 18 - 7pm.

Retiring Town Board member Pat Slavick reported on upcoming Town Board business. Our neighbor and County Legislator Mickey Cleary told us about what the Legislature is doing these days, and what is planned for 2022.  Also, Biagio DelVillano, representing Delaware Engineering, updated us on the status of the McKownville drainage improvement project. Nellie Gontos gave a presentation on the opportunity for home hosting of foreign students attending the University at Albany's English Language program. Delaware Engineering is thanked for hosting our meeting again this month.
[Meeting announcement flyer - pdf file] [Meeting summary]

Online meeting: Wednesday, October 20 - 7pm.
Town Supervisor Peter Barber made announcements regarding recent activities in the Town.  Tim Wiles, Executive Director of the Guilderland Public Library, told us about the reopening of the library, and programs that are available to residents.  Five candidates are running for two open positions on the Guilderland Town Board.  All were invited to the meeting; four attended and introduced themselves with brief statements, and answered questions from the audience.  Once again, Delaware Engineering is thanked for kindly hosting the meeting via the Zoom platform.
[Meeting announcement flyer - pdf file]

Online meeting: Thursday, September 23 - 7pm.
[Meeting announcement flyer - pdf file] 
Town Supervisor Peter Barber made announcements regarding recent activities in the Town, and answered questions from the audience.
Biagio DelVillano from Delaware Engineering provided an update on the stormwater drainage improvement project.
The President summarized information presented at the September 14 meeting hosted by the State Historic Preservation Office regarding the proposed McKownville - Country Club Highlands historic district. [pdf file of the SHPO slide presentation at the 14 Sept meeting - 3.5MB]
An election of all officers and three members of our Board of Directors took place.
Members of the audience were invited to make suggestions as to future projects that the Association might work on to improve our neighborhood. 

Online meeting: Tuesday, September 14 - 7.00pm.
- meeting specifically on the McKownville historic district nomination, led by staff from the State Historic Preservation Office.  [pdf file of the SHPO slide presentation - 3.5MB]
[Meeting announcement flyer - pdf fileSee also the item on the Announcements page 

  Spring 2021 Meetings 
Online meeting: Thursday, May 20, 7.00pm
[Meeting annnouncement flyer - pdf file]
Town Supervisor Peter Barber told us about the arrangements for the imminent reopening of Town offices.
Senator Michelle Hinchey spoke about legislative and other highlights of her first term as a member of the New York State legislature.
Michael DiAcetis and Michael Bates from National Grid gave a summary on the gas line replacement project. All old gas lines are retired and all supplies in the project area north of Western Avenue are now on the new medium-pressure lines.
Biagio DelVillano summarized the state of the the water (project fully complete) and storm drain (about 25% complete) projects in McKownville. He discussed the plan to rebid the remaining part of the storm drain project late this year, with the intention of storm drain construction occurring and being completed in 2022.  FAQ#7 of 28 April 2021 explains the significant issues.
James Carter from the State Historic Preservation Office gave a presentation on the status of the nomination for listing a portion of McKownville as a historic district in the New York State, and the National, Registers of Historic Places. The required extensive documentation is nearly complete; a public meeting to present the nomination to homeowners in the proposed district is planned for September. Letters formally notifying the property owners and explaining how to object (if they wish) to the proposal would be sent out not later than the end of September. The nomination should be ready for presentation to the State Review Board in December. [More detail on the Historic District proposal, the nomination procedures, etc.]

Online meeting: Wednesday, April 14, 7.00pm
[Meeting annnouncement flyer - pdf file]
Town Supervisor Peter Barber gave us information on the summer recreation program, the Town's continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Guilderland PD prescription drug take-back event 24 April, and summarized some issues to which the Town must respond regarding legalization of marijuana.
Mike DiAcetis from National Grid updated us on the progress of the gas main replacement project. If you have complaints about the grass/lawn restoration, use the National Grid customer service number 1-800-642-4272.
Members of the the Fire Department (Jim White and Mike Costabile) spoke on the options and present status of determining whether to stay in the current location and modify the present building, or to relocate partly or entirely to another site in McKownville, if one suitable could be found.  Open discussion also included the repeated problem of noise at unsociably late hours coming from rental accommodation in 1234 Western Avenue, as well as associated vehicle intrusions and parking.  If in future you are disturbed by this noise, etc, do not hesitate to call the Guilderland Police 518-356-1501.

Online meeting: Thursday, March 18, 7.00pm
[Meeting annnouncement flyer - pdf file]
Guilderland Town Supervisor Peter Barber updated us on the Town's response to COVID-19, including vaccination opportunities, described the next steps in the the reopening process, and outlined tentative plans for the summer recreation program and the Guilderland Performing Arts Center.
Michael Burgess and Tony Cortese described services and programs that Community Caregivers provide to many of our older neighbors despite the pandemic.  They also discussed the status of the "Village" that some volunteers in our town are working to form that will enable seniors to remain in their homes and continue to be engaged with their community.
Michael DiAcetis, and Tom Bates, representing National Grid, updated us on the progress of the gas main replacement project now underway in McKownville, followed by an open discussion.


Subscription to Association announcements email list
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The content of recent announcement emails sent by the Association.

Contacting the Association
If you wish to suggest an issue and/or a speaker to be included in a future meeting, please contact the President or the Secretary of the Association by using the phone numbers listed on the home page, or you can send email to [mailbox at mckownville dot org]. Postal mailing addresses are in the About page.

Past meeting announcements

Fall 2020 -     10 September 2020  19 November 2020  [meeting summaries and links]
Spring 2020 - 21 May 2020 [text summary] [zoom video segments: National Grid gas line replacement presentations; questions and answers]
Fall 2019 -     19 September 2019  17 October 2019  21 November 2019
Spring 2019 - 14 March 2019   11 April 2019   16 May 2019   12 June 2019 
Fall 2018 -     20 September 2018   17 October 2018   15 November 2018
Spring 2018 - 15 March 2018   11 April 2018  17 May 2018  
Fall 2017 -     19 October 2017   8 November 2017
Spring 2017 - 16 March 2017   20 April 2017   18 May 2017

meetings in years prior to 2017

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