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        The Association board of directors has decided to follow the current Town policy for meetings (online vs. in-person).
        If the policy one week prior to the meeting permits, the meeting will be held at the Hampton Inn; otherwise online using Zoom.

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.

Subscription to Association email list                       Contact information

  Spring 2022 Meetings 
 Thursday, May 19
, 7pm., at the Hampton Inn, 1442 Western Avenue
Our May meeting will be our last before we break for the summer.  In addition to Supervisor Barber's updates, Biagio DelVillano from Delaware Engineering will again update us on the status of the storm water drainage improvement project.  Additionally, Luke Rumsey, Interim Director for Community Relations of the University at Albany, will tell us about ongoing and upcoming construction projects on campus, and we may have a speaker from CDTA. Finally, we will hold an election of all officers and three board members whose terms are expiring.
[Meeting announcement flyer - pdf file]
Dates for meetings in Fall 2022 will be announced on this website when they are finalized.

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
You can add your email address to the Association email list (or remove it - unsubscribe) by using the form on the webpage linked here.
To change your subscription email address, unsubscribe the old address, then add the new one.
Your email address would be used only to communicate Association business, and occasional neighborhood announcements approved by the President of the Association.
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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