Sewer project again the focus in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
Against a backdrop of the dismal failure of the controversial Phoenicia sewer project, the residents of the nearby Hamlet of Shandaken are now being asked if they want to get involved in a similar plan.

Mt. Tremper and Phoenicia residents urged to weigh in on flood planning

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken Town Supervisor Rob Stanley has put out the word to Phoenicia and Mount Tremper property owners that it is critical they attend the meetings set up to discuss flood issues.
At press time, a meeting for Phoenicia residents was expected to be held on Oct. 14, while a meeting for Mt. Tremper residents will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, at the Emerson Resort and Spa on Route 28.

Shandaken taxes set to rise 3.9%

By Jay Braman Jr.
This week, Shandaken Supervisor/Budget Officer Rob Stanley unveiled his preliminary spending plan for the year 2015, a plan that calls for a nearly four percent jump in the tax levy.

DEP to extend Route 28 sewer lines in Shandaken

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the start of work on a $2 million sewer line extension in the Town of Shandaken that will provide wastewater collection and treatment to 25 additional homes and businesses that currently rely on individual septic systems.

Arkville Head Start now accepting Shandaken children

By Jay Braman Jr.
After the Shandaken area was left without its Head Start program last year, the organizers of the Head Start in Arkville decided they had to help out.
So this year, the Arkville-based preschool program will accept children from Shandaken even though the town is located across county borders in Ulster County.
According to John Eberhardt, executive director of Delaware Opportunities Incorporated, the non-profit agency that administers the Head Start program in Delaware County, there are still openings.

Chad Storey named new Shandaken Police Chief

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board unanimously ushered in local policeman Chad Storey as the town’s new police chief, effective July 19.
Storey’s appointment follows the retirement of current Chief James McGrath, who is stepping down later this month.

Shandaken to pick new police chief

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board will hold a special session on Wednesday, July 2 to interview candidates for the position of police chief.
According to Supervisor Rob Stanley, the meeting will not be conducted in public. “We will officially open the meeting then immediately move to executive session,” he said Monday. “We will interview candidates, then have a private discussion and hopefully choose a new chief right then.”

Shandaken planners fear NYC's new flood buyout plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Planning Board is expected to take a long-hard look at the details of a controversial plan to allow the City of New York to buy homes and businesses in local hamlets and villages.
At the June meeting of the planning board, rookie member Alan Shiner brought the matter up after reading about it in the Catskill Mountain News earlier that same day. “I think this is going to be very dangerous for our area,” Shiner warned.

Shandaken Police Chief Jim McGrath retiring after 34 years

By Jay Braman Jr.
James McGrath, a 34-year veteran of the Shandaken Police Department and its longtime chief, will retire from that position next month.
The news was sent to the town board in a letter from McGrath, who said he would still be available to help the department.
“The decision to retire has not been an easy one, but I feel it is time for me to move on,” McGrath wrote.

Shandaken ZBA sides with County planners against Hanover Farms

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals upheld the recommendations of the Ulster Coun­ty Planning on Wednesday, voting to suspend progress on granting variances to Hanover Farms in Mount Tremper until the owners get approval from the State Department of Transportation (DOT).

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