BLOOMINGBERG, N.Y. -- It was a heated night at the Village of Bloomingburg planning board meeting Thursday night. Dozens of people came out to listen to the controversial proposed school in the Pine Bush School District, but at the last minute, the meeting was cancelled.
The environment was tense with more than a dozen people crammed into the village office. They were all there to listen to the controversial proposed private school by developer Shalom Lamm.
Residents say they're concerned about the potential of rising taxes and whether or not the area can accommodate this new project.
Those inside waited more than 20 minutes for a representative of the project to arrive, but just a few minutes after that happened, the planning board chairman decided to cancel the meeting, saying there were just too many people inside the building, creating a fire hazard. This last minute cancellation infuriated residents here even more.
"We, as a community, are fed up and I'm a little sad that we didn't get a chance to hear what the proposal was. But I'm pretty certain that whatever happens in terms of a postponement will continue on and on and on," said Frank Dendanto.
"They're mad they can't all fit, so that's our decision," said Russ Wood, Planning Board Chairman.
A date for another meeting has not been set.