Fleischmanns friction evident as board reorganizes

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
More than two dozen residents and business owners pack­ed the Skene Library in Fleischmanns Monday night for the annual reorganizational meeting of the village board.
With newly elected Mayor Don Kearney and Trustee Lew Grocholl joining incumbents Harriett Grossman, David Yates and Ben Fenton, board members heard presentations from the MARK Project, Delaware Operations and Delaware Engineering.
While unanimous decisions were the rule of the evening, discord did appear when discussion turned to re-appointment and budget matters.

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Fleischmanns is rebounding

by Dick Sanford, Publisher
For much of the last decade, the Village of Fleischmanns has offered a master class in civics for anyone who has taken the time to watch. As some classes can be, this one has been tough. But last month, they had what might be called a mid-term exam. And from where we sit, this community has passed with flying colors.

Fleischmanns changes leadership with fewer than 80 voters turning out

Fleischmanns voters reversed course Wednesday night and elected a new Mayor and a new trustee while returning just one incumbent trustee to office. Challenger Don Kearney bested incumbent Mayor Todd Pascarella by a count of 42 to 33 votes. In the trustee balloting, challenger Lew Grocholl garnered the most votes at 41 with incumbent Ben Fenton taking 36 so each of them will serve two year terms with the new Mayor. Challenger John Hoeko trailed by just one with 35 votes and incumbent Larry Reilly trailed by just two with 34 votes.

VW Parts owner cited for unsafe structure

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
William Hrazanek, owner of the VW Parts property in Fleischmanns, was cited last week for failing to deal with an unsafe structure at his property located at 717 Main Street. Fleischmanns code enforcement officer Patrick Davis issued tickets on March 10 calling for a court appearance on April 15.

Fleischmanns also fighting frozen pipes

By Brian Sweeney
Area residents continue to be hindered by frozen water lines that have created expensive and inconvenient problems.
Fleischmanns Mayor Todd Pascarella said this week that about a dozen village residents currently have frozen water lines. This number has been holding steadily.
“We haven’t had any more in over a week, so it hasn’t gotten any worse since a lot of people have started running their water,” the mayor commented.

Full candidate slate in Fleischmanns Village election

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Fleischmanns voters have many choices when they go to the polls for village elections next Wednesday. Incumbent Mayor Todd Pascarella will face off against Don Kearney.
Incumbent trustees Larry Reilly and Ben Fenton face challenges from Lew Grocholl and John Hoeko. The mayoral candidates run head to head for a two-year term, while the two-year trustee terms will go to the highest two vote-getters. Trus­tees elected will join Harriett Grossman and David Yates on the board as they each have one more year in their terms of office.

VW Parts fire ruled accidental

By Jay Braman Jr.
The fire that destroyed the garage at the beleaguered VW Auto Parts complex in the middle of Fleischmanns in August was not arson.
That’s the ruling by Delaware County Fire Investigators, who spent hours in the charred aftermath trying to determine what did cause the blaze.
According to Steve Hood, director of the Delaware County Office of Emergency Services and its Fire Investigation Team, the cause was discovered quickly on the same day as the fire. “We knew that evening what started it,” he said.

Water rate changes on tap in Fleischmanns

By Jay Braman Jr.
If you are a full-time resident in the Village of Fleischmanns, chances are you are paying too much for water.
On the other side of the coin, if you are a summer resident, you are probably paying too little.
While, in reality, it is a bit more complex than that, the bottom line is that village officials believe the current arrangment is unfair and they are at work now to make changes to the water district’s billing to even costs out.

Mayor OKs public vote on Fleischmanns bio fuel plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Mayor of Fleischmanns has put out word that the people of that small village can be the ones to decide if they want a $14 million biofuel project installed for the entire community, a project that will bring an estimated 15 percent saving on heat bills for the next 10 years or so.
Earlier this month, several residents appeared at the village board meeting with a list of over 30 questions about the project, which has been under discussion for a couple of years.
On Monday, Mayor Todd Pascarella released a response to all of those questions.

There's a moose on the loose in Fleischmanns

By Dick Sanford
The moose is loose in Fleischmanns. Two area residents watched a young bull moose wander down Main Street around 10 p.m. Monday night, make a left turn on Bridge Street and disappear into the night. And, they’ve got video to prove it.
Steve Witte, owner of the Colonial Inn in Pine Hill told the News that he and Cassie Merwin, a student at SUNY Delhi, who also works as a bartender at the Colonial Inn, had just left La Cabana Restaurant in Fleischmanns and were driving east on Main Street when they first spotted the moose in the parking lot of Community Bank.

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