November 22, 2020 - IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM Supervisor Brian Maher:

Town Hall will be closed to the Public this week due to one of our Town employees testing positive for COVID-19.  The Town is currently working with the New York State and Orange County Departments of Health and our employees are taking appropriate steps to self-quarantine, get tested and follow contact tracing procedures. 

As we obtain a clearer picture on any additional individuals that may be affected, I want to let everyone know that Town Hall will still be operational.  We encourage all residents to use our drop box or contact Town Hall by phone or email.  You can call us at 845-457-2600 ext 2 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As active COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout our County and region, we will continue to work to serve the needs of our residents and our community. Please feel free to reach out to us for any issue you.  Whether it is specific to the Town of Montgomery or if there is an opportunity for us to advocate on your behalf.  Thank you for your patience during this week.  Please continue to be safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving.
 
 
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
 
Sincerely,

Brian Maher
Supervisor 
Town of Montgomery
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The Transportation Hub of the Northeast

Provided by Albert Valk in his speech for the Rail Trail Grand Opening on May 2, 2009

In 1985 the Town of Montgomery and the Town of Shawangunk purchased the old single-track railroad bed, known as the Wallkill Valley Branch, from Con Rail. Both municipalities purchased the property for economic development of a commercial corridor, also for utility easements and access to the Old Borden Farm Reservoir. The reservoir, which is high yielding, could someday provide water for the Village of Walden or the Hamlet of Wallkill. The Town of Montgomery performed research and extensive testing on the reservoir looking for water resources for economic development and for the future, based on a study done by Phillip J. Clark Consultants (1981), which indicated an overflow of the dam of 300 - 400,000 g.p.d, a strong water source.

The Town of Shawangunk, in the Hamlet of Wallkill, built up around the rail bed. They built Railroad Avenue, providing access to the schools, residential development along CE Penney Drive, and Little League fields to the North of Route 208. To the South they provided a nature / rail trail, which they opened in 1995 and named it after former Supervisor Jesse McHugh. North of the Hamlet of Wallkill, the rail bed is owned by the NYS Dept. Of Corrections, with no public access allowed. Further north, in Gardiner NY, by Denniston Road, public access to the rail bed is once again allowed.

The Town of Montgomery had done nothing to the railroad property they purchased, letting it sit dormant. In the Village of Walden, the railroad tracks from Route 52, where the Old Scalper Bridge was, is a very active rail-car line providing products to Interstate Bag Company, American Lumber and a number of other businesses along the way.

In 2002, the Federal Highway Administration held TEA-21 grant information meetings in the Legislative Chambers in Goshen NY. The question of allowing utilities, such as water lines, electric and phone lines to be placed alongside or as part of the trail was asked. It was the opinion of those in attendance from the Federal Highway Administration that it was allowed and was smart planning for the future, especially for the three municipalities and two counties working together for the benefit of their residents.

A discussion developed at the Walden Diner between Mayor Rocky Pelligrino, Village Manager Jim Politi, Supervisor John Valk and Supervisor Al Valk about a joint application to develop a fully ADA compliant trail connecting the two population centers, just like the Heritage Trail that runs between Goshen and Chester, which has achieved great success and usage. The idea to connect the Village of Walden (population 6,100) and the Hamlet of Wallkill (population 2,500) was exciting and those involved were enthusiastic in providing handicapped accessibility for wheelchairs, bicycles, roller bladders, joggers and walkers of all ages. The combined population of the two towns is 33,000+ residents. According to a former railroad employee, who worked on the railroad line for 30 years, there is a 3% grade between Walden and Wallkill, which is almost flat terrain.

In 2003, to compliment the Walden Rail Trail project, Bob and Doris Kimball donated 21 acres of land right alongside the Rail Trail. This is designated to be the "Kimball Park." Restrooms, picnic areas and a parking lot could be in the future if money becomes available.

Location

Montgomery Town Hall

110 Bracken Road
Montgomery, NY 12549
P: 845-457-2660
F: 845-457-2613




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