NEW WINDSOR — Councilman Terry Petry said the tree project for the town's ball fields is caught in the state's budget crunch.
Petry had been workingwith Neil Ridgely, county landscaper, on plans to plant about 450 trees and shrubs at the western end of town. The town had applied for a Planned Open Space grant to pay for the $5,000 project.
"Things aren't looking too promising for funds," said Petry. "We may have to put the project off until September."
Town Clerk Richard M. Warehime said the town might have a better chance if it appliedfor a grant with the county Department of Recreation and Parks.
"New Windsor has about $18,000 in carry-over funds from recreation projects we have already completed," he said. "That money is frozen now but we could apply for a grant against it."
In other business, Councilman R. Kenneth Green is getting prices for a chipper to help dispose of brush and trimmings.
Trooper Phil Henry said neighboring Union Bridge was experiencing the same problems and suggested buying a chipper together.
Three council seats are up for re-election this spring. Mayor James C. Carlisle said so far no incumbent or newcomer has filed. Those interested must file with Election Judge Raymond C. Strine by April 8.
The election is scheduled for May 14 at the Town Hall. Voter registration will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through March.
"Town residents alreadyregistered with the county are also registered to vote in town," said the mayor.
Councilwoman Rebecca H. Harman said she hopes to present the new budget at the April 3 session.
Carlisle said the trashtipping fee, which could increase from $15 to $30 a ton, could forcethe town to raise its tax rate from the present 45 cents per $100 ofassessment.