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December 03, 2016
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Town of Callicoon meeting; Concerns about fracking remain

The questioner then mentioned that the United Nations has recently predicted a dramatic increase in water in the atmosphere, and asked what the town is doing budget-wise to protect itself. The supervisor answered that almost all towns in the basin and valleys have experienced a problem with flash flooding and it has increased a bit. They do what they can to responsibly pass the budget and improve infrastructure. He noted that the town doesn’t have control over climate change and in that respect asked rhetorically, “Did everyone here drive to this meeting in a gas-powered car?”

In other news, Bose said he received an e-mail about a campaign to assert local control of speed limits. A lot of farmers have called requesting a speed reduction. Since housing stock has increased over time in the county, this has had an impact on the need for speed limits. However, the town owns only a handful of its 83 roads. He is personally opposed to the campaign, because changing speed limits is a drawn-out process requiring state and county involvement. It would also require special equipment. The town does, however, put up precautionary yellow speed signs in places like speed zones by schools.

Bose then said that he spoke recently with the county sheriff about a rash of burglaries in Youngsville around Route 52. There was an arrest made and investigations are ongoing. Participants were reminded to say something if they see something by calling the sheriff’s non-emergency phone line at 845/794-7100 and taking a picture with their phone if possible.