Verizon has submitted conditional-use applications for the installation of two broadband communications towers, one to be located on Jurgensen Road near Callicoon, NY and the other to be located on MacCubbins Road in Beach Lake. The announcement came from Damascus Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey Dexter at the board’s October 21 monthly meeting. Read more
The Tusten Town Council met on Tuesday, October 8. Councilman Ned Lang was not in attendance. During the division reports, Andrea Reynosa of the Tusten Local Development Corporation (TLDC) reported that they had recently met and discussed the audit of the TLDC. She said that there are no funds to cover the cost of the audit, and that if it cannot be done, the TLDC will dissolve by January. She also mentioned that a private citizen might pay for the cost. However, if the TLDC dissolves, the Tusten Community Garden will still function. Read more
The 200 acres were once the center of a battle between a developer and a local pressure group. Now, about 137 of those acres are called the Smallwood Forest Preserve, and will remain forever wild under a conservation easement to be overseen by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy.
A group of military veterans calling themselves “Tim’s Support Team” is sponsoring an October 27 spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Marsch-Kellogg American Legion Post in Milford. The $15 donations would go to raise funds to assist the family of Tim Flaherty, an Army combat veteran of the Afghanistan war with four-plus tours. Read more
Sullivan County Acting Manager Joshua Potosek recently issued a statement on the county budget. He wrote, “Sullivan County has faced extreme budgetary challenges through the financial crisis over the past five years. As we approach the conclusion of 2013, the county is slowly beginning to improve financially. This proposed budget is the first since the beginning of the recession that does not include drastic service cuts, layoffs, exorbitant tax increases, or the use of fund balance in the general fund, but instead maintains existing service levels and modestly builds capacity in a few key strategic areas.” Read more
Nilsa Lebron, age 56, of Honesdale was sentenced by President Judge Raymond L. Hamill to one to four years in state prison for conspiracy to possess marijuana with the intent to deliver. The conviction was the result of an investigation by the Wayne County Drug Task Force (WCDTF). Read more
The Highland Town Board last Tuesday approved a 2014 budget that would call for a tax levy of $1,636,202.64, or a 1.33% increase in the town’s share of property owners’ January tax bills. Read more
Ramsay Adams knows that a lot of important people in Sullivan County and beyond are in favor of gaming. They want people to vote “yes” on Proposition One in November and change the state constitution to allow up to seven casinos in the state. But Adams’ reluctant position is to oppose the proposition, because he believes casinos in Sullivan County will bring more harm than good. Read more
At their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on October 21, the Liberty Town Board accepted the preliminary budget for 2014 as presented to them by budgeting and accounting coordinator Cheryl Gerow.
A public hearing for the preliminary budget is scheduled for Monday, October 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 120 North Main Street in Liberty. Read more
Press release from Congressman Tom Marino:
Tonight, after continued refusals from the Senate to negotiate with House Republicans, the House passed legislation to reopen the federal government though January 15, 2014 and extend the Treasury Department’s borrowing authority through February 7, 2014. Read more
Washington, DC – Senate leaders this afternoon announced an agreement to raise the debt limit and end the partial federal government shutdown. The deal must be passed by members of the House. Congressman Chris Gibson released a statement in support of the agreement, which said: Read more
Supervisor Dan Sturm told residents gathered at the meeting on October 9 that the town faced some “challenges” with this year’s budget. The first is that the property tax cap increase imposed by Albany this year is not 2% but actually 1.6%, which is called in Albany the “levy growth factor.” Read more
The project has been on the drawing board for at least 10 years, with numerous twists and turns along the way. Now, finally, the earth-moving machines are moving lots of earth in preparation of the Southern Catskills Red Meat Processing Facility. Read more
Addressing a complaint almost as old as the county, Lumberland Supervisor Nadia Rajsz said she is looking for public input in proposing upgraded services for what is traditionally referred to as “the western end of the county,” generally that includes the southern and westerly towns bordering the Delaware River. Read more