Wadler named to Fleischmanns planning board

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Village of Fleischmanns has solved its planning board problems and can now continue the review of an application to open an auto repair shop on Wagner Avenue.
Earlier this month, plans for a public hearing on Thomas Shamro’s plan to open a repair shop at 684 Wagner Avenue was abruptly cancelled when it became clear that there were not enough members on the planning board to legally conduct the meeting.

Reilly/Granito resign from Fleischmann Planning Board

By Jay Braman Jr.
Larry Reilly, chairman of the Village of Fleischmanns Planning Board, and planning board member John Granito, resigned from that board on the same day in July.
Plus, an oversight about another member’s term expiration has effectively shut the planning board down, prompting the cancellation of a controversial public hearing that had been scheduled for Tuesday, August 6.

On Wednesday, July 24 Fleischmanns Village Clerk Lorraine DeMarfio received short but official messages from both Reilly and Granito.

Fleischmanns shut out of Reconstruction Zone funds

By Joe Moskowitz
A glaring omission from the list of area communities eligible for Reconstruction Zone funding status is the Village of Fleischmanns. Fleischmanns is struggling to recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Irene and the New York State money would go a long way toward restoring its infrastructure.

Fleischmanns faces difficult budget year

By Jay Braman Jr.
Times are tough these at all levels of government, and things are no different in Fleischmanns, where the tentative budget not only strips the mayor of his salary but also cuts programs such as recreation and others.

At 6 p.m. on Monday, April 15 in the Skene Memorial Library on Main Street, the Fleischmanns Village Board will hold a public hearing on the village’s proposed 2013-’14 budget.
In a prepared statement, Mayor Todd Pascarella said the tentative budget he prepared contains no tax increase, but the plan still comes at a cost.

Bake off among maple festival highlights

Fleischmanns — Spring in the Catskills is often announced by the trill of returning birds and sap running from maple trees immediately followed by the sweet amber signature of the mountains, pure maple syrup. So what happens when you mix that sweet succulent syrup with culinary prowess—the annual Fleischmanns First Maple Bake-Off to be held on Saturday, March 23 during the Maple Festival weekend in Fleischmanns.

Village waives $16,000 in water fees

By Jay Braman Jr.
Fleischmanns Village Trustees gave three property owners a free pass on their water bills Monday night, despite warnings that doing so might allow more disgruntled rate payers to come out of the woodwork looking for the same deal.

Two of those granted waivers for water bills, Brian Grocholl ($1,035.22) and Harriet Grossman ($696.97) got the treatment due to extended water problems. But the third, identified only as Mr. Mendlovic, was given a pass on no less than $14,304.99 in past due water bills.

Thieves help selves to storage unit contents

By Brian Sweeney
A number of recent break-ins at area businesses are under investigation by state police at Margaretville.

The largest incident occurred last week in Clovesville where thieves broke into 20 self-storage units owned by Halcott Center residents Pete and Nancy Ballard.

Mrs. Ballard said she was alerted to the problem on the afternoon of March 5 when one of the renters reported that her storage unit had been forcibly entered.

Swift water rescue boat on deck for Fleischmanns

By Jay Braman Jr.
Fleischmanns Village Trustees authorized the spending of almost $60,000 of taxpayer’s funds last week on specialized swift-water rescue equipment for the village’s fire department.
At a special meeting held last week Tuesday, the trustees accepted bids for the purchase of two swift water rescue boats along with equipment and training with funds to be disbursed from the Fleischmanns Volunteer Fire Department Capital Reserve Truck Fund.

Candidates unopposed in Fleischmanns balloting

By Jay Braman Jr.
Unless there’s a last-minute write-in campaign, as has happened in Fleischmanns in the recent past, this year’s election features just three seated Village trustees all running unopposed.
All three seek two-year terms in March 19 balloting.

The deadline for filing an intent to run for village office came and went last Wednesday with only Mayor Todd Pascarella and Trustees Ben Fenton and David Yates submitting the proper paperwork to get a spot on the ballot voters will see on Election Day.

Fleischmanns park project is event's focus

By Jay Braman Jr.
The year 2013 is shaping up nicely for the Fleischmanns Village Park.
Fitting, it is, since it was one century ago that Julius Fleischmanns donated the prime real estate to the village to create the park.

Had he known that, 98 years later, the park’s splendor would be washed away in a massive flood it is certain that he would wish it restored to it’s original beauty. And while things didn’t look good for that last year, it now appears that the park may not only be restored but be even better than it ever had been.

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