Curb your dog and don’t park on Bridge Street

By LINDA DROLLINGER
Posted 7/21/20

NARROWSBURG, NY — Public hearings to amend Tusten’s animal control ordinance and parking regulations preceded the July 14 Town Board meeting.

Chapter 115 of the Tusten Code …

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Curb your dog and don’t park on Bridge Street

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NARROWSBURG, NY — Public hearings to amend Tusten’s animal control ordinance and parking regulations preceded the July 14 Town Board meeting.

Chapter 115 of the Tusten Code (www.ecode360.com/32281441) was amended to reflect more specific guidelines for dog behavior and dog owner responsibility. Prompted by the attack of an unleashed dog on a woman and her small, leashed dog, the amended dog law requires owners to vaccinate their dogs against rabies, maintain strict control of their dogs while in public and to remove their dog’s solid waste from public areas as well as private property. In addition, penalties for failing to comply with any aspect of the dog law were increased.

The only question asked during the hearing was, “Who will enforce this new ordinance?” Supervisor Ben Johnson answered, “Dog control officer Nico Juarez.” As no objection to any provision of the amendment was voiced at the hearing, the board voted unanimously to adopt the proposed amendment during the ensuing board meeting.

Section 225-2 Parking Prohibitions and Restrictions (www.ecode360.com/32404919) was amended to prohibit parking on Bridge Street in Narrowsburg. Several Narrowsburg residents spoke at the hearing, although none argued against the need for the prohibition. Speaking on behalf of the disabled, Carol Creamer noted that an inability to walk more than a few feet makes visiting the businesses on Bridge Street problematic. “Believe me, I know about the tractor-trailer traffic on Bridge Street. I lived there for years. But what can people like me do?” she asked.

Johnson replied that there is generally availability in the Upper Delaware Council parking lot and also in the town hall-library lot. Again, the bigger question was who will have enforcement authority. Johnson answered, “New York State police and sheriff’s department deputies, with primary responsibility belonging to the sheriff’s department because Bridge Street (Route 52) is a county highway. During the board meeting of the same date, the board voted unanimously to adopt the amendment as proposed.

In other business, grants committee chair Jane Luchsinger said the town is considering application for a Sullivan Renaissance Community Impact Grant (SRCIG) to assist with construction of a new town hall or renovation of the existing one. Among the two options put forth so far are (1) a three-tier rear extension of the library building and (2) renovation of the existing town hall. Winterizing the Tusten Theatre, owned by the town and leased to the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, would make year-round use of the theatre possible and could qualify for the SRCIG as well.

Johnson suggested that the town retain engineer Glenn Smith, of 533 Broadway in Monticello, for consultation about any of several renovation and construction projects it may undertake in the near future. Assured by Johnson that Smith will be paid hourly and per diem rates only and that no retainer fees will accrue, the board voted unanimously to approve Smith as an additional consulting engineer.

The meeting was recessed to 6:30 p.m. on July 23.

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