In response to several Town employees testing positive for COVID-19 over the past month we had a comprehensive disinfection of all Town Hall buildings and vehicles including the Town Police Department.  

Town Hall will re-open March 1st to the general public BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  We are asking Town residents to continue to utilize our website, the mail and our newly installed drop box which is located immediately to the right of the front door of Town Hall.  If it is necessary for you to physically enter Town Hall please call ahead of time so we can better manage visitors and protect both residents and Town Hall employees.  

Also, as the covid-19 vaccine has become available we understand that it has been very difficult to navigate through the registration process.  The TOMSTRONG Community Response Team has been mobilized once again to assist residents who need help.  If you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine but are having trouble making an appointment please call 845-741-2835 and we will do all we can to help.  The Town of Montgomery does not have vaccines available we have simply created a helpline to assist town residents during this time.

Thank you for your understanding.  We all welcome and hope for a return to some semblance of normalcy in the coming months and year ahead.  If there is anything we can do to assist you please do not hesitate to contact us.  

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PAYING YOUR 2021 TAXES 
For the month of March access to Town Hall will remain limited.  We ask all residents who physically enter Town Hall to pay their taxes to instead utilize other options.  First, you can mail in your payment.  Second, you can drop your payment into the secured drop box outside of the front entrance of town hall.  Lastly, you can make your payment online by visiting the town website at www.townofmontgomery.com and click on the “Property Tax Bills” tab. If you have any questions related to paying your tax bill please call 845-457-2600 - extension 9, then press 1.

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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