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December 10, 2016
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Tusten in uproar over Narrowsburg School

Joan Buto, who won the bid for the abandoned Narrowsburg School, speaks at the Tusten Town Board meeting on July 8. She was met with opposition from the audience.
TRR photos by Isabel Braverman

Other residents also raised the question of “why the school?” Tony Staffieri mentioned that there are other closed rehabs in the area, and there is one for sale across the river in Pennsylvania. “Why would you want the school more than that?” he asked. She replied “I just like the school better.”

He added, “This is the worst business plan I have heard in my life.” He asked people to raise their hands if they are against this plan, and almost everyone did. “Ms. Buto, welcome to Narrowsburg,” he said. “We’d love to have you live here, but not work here.”

Kathy Michell spoke about the Weidens offer. “We have the opportunity to create a community center to provide educational, recreational, and small business opportunities, which will give people choices so they don’t need Changes.”

The public comment period was cut short due to a tornado warning. The meeting is rescheduled for tonight at 7:00 p.m.

In other news:
Tusten goes solar
Amidst the hullabaloo at the previous two town meetings, some good news emerged: the town board awarded the solar bid to Atlantech, which means Tusten will be the first municipality in Sullivan County to go solar. Supervisor Carol Wingert announced this at the meeting and it was met with applause.

From Brandi Merolla of the Tusten Energy Committee who was instrumental in getting the solar panels: "Two and a half years ago our volunteer committee vowed to reduce the carbon footprint of the town. We couldn't be happier to have found a solar company that met all of our requirements. The solar array will be mounted on town-owned land at no expense to the town.
In 25 years we expect to save the town approximately $634,000 on our electric bills for all town-owned buildings, facilities and streetlights. We are thrilled!"