Phoenicia

Phoenicia sewer proposal causing more controversy

By Jay Braman Jr.
The City of New York has extended the deadline for Phoenicia to decide whether it wants to accept a $17-million sewer deal, prompting residents on both sides of the issue to spout off at a town board meeting Monday.
Shandaken Supervisor Peter DiSclafani told the audience that he and Councilman Vince Bernstein met last week with city officials, who agreed to spend $12,000 to study a plan to use a different type of treatment system in Phoenicia.


Kayaking club hosting races this weekend

The Kayak and Canoe Club of New York, a northeast regional kayaking club, will host its 42nd annual kayak and slalom races on the Esopus Creek the weekend of June 7 and 8.
Racing will start at noon on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. The starting line will be at the Woodland Valley bridge, off Route 28, just north of Phoenicia.


Phoenicia students win state contest for "green" project

By Jay Braman Jr.
Students from the Phoenicia Elementary School in the Onteora School District have won first place in their division in the state senate’s 17th annual I*MA*GREEN*NATION contest.
Phoenicia music teacher David Laks in collaboration with fourth-grade teacher Sharon McInerney and her talented class showed its true colors – green – this week when it won the award, a statewide competition sponsored by Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), that focuses on environmental problems and solutions.


Phoenicia Fire District celebrates annual dinner

The Board of Fire Commissioner of the Phoenicia Fire District hosted a buffet dinner on April 30 at the Catamount Restaurant for the installation of the board of fire commissioners, the district officers and the line officers of the three companies of the Phoenicia Fire District.


Phoenicia sewer project remains clouded

Deadline extended for New York City system to serve the hamlet

By Jay Braman Jr.
As the clock ticks toward a June deadline for the Shandaken Town Board to make a decision about the Phoenicia sewer project, it remains unclear whether any steps will be taken at the next board meeting, slated for Monday, May 5 at 7 p.m., to determine one way or the other if the busy hamlet should take the plunge and build infrastructure to replace the inadequate septic systems that lace the landscape.


Crossroads tax break plan tabled by Shandaken Board

By Jay Braman Jr.
They didn’t say yes and they didn’t say no, but by tabling a measure that would have implied that the Shandaken Town Board might support a plan to create some tax breaks for the yet to be approved Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park, the board said maybe.
Talk of creation of what is called an Empire Zone at the proposed site for the project dominated a four-hour board session Monday, and when all was said and done it was agreed that more information was needed and that there was no real rush for the board to make any decision.


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