Shandaken to discuss water issues

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board will hold a special meeting on Thursday, April 16 at 1 p.m. to make decisions on how to proceed with repairs to Phoenicia water district.
The session at Town Hall, will only be to handle water district matters and no other town business, said Supervisor Rob Stanley.
The session marks the latest attempt to get repair work going in the beleaguered Phoenicia Water District, where many users are being supplied by a temporary fire hose after a steel, 8 inch water main broke and fell into the Esopus in February.

Shandaken town wants veto power over Ulster Co. resort report

By Jay Braman Jr.
An Ulster County Planning Board member appeared before the Shandaken Planning Board Wednesday and distanced himself and his board from a report by county planning staff on the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park project, a project that seems to have reviewers walking on eggshells as they work to finally decide the fate of the $365-million plan that has been under scrutiny for almost 15 years.

Shandaken town employee charged in illegal vehicle ID case

By Jay Braman Jr.
Pine Hill resident Tracy Longhi was arrested at Shandaken Town Hall last Thursday by New York State Police and charged with illegal possession of a Vehicle Identification Number, otherwise known as a VIN, a class E felony.
The VIN is a traceable number that is used to keep track of all vehicles. It is attached in various locations to cars, trucks and trailers. It is also printed on the registration and inspection stick­ers glued to the windshield.
Troopers had little to say on the matter Monday as they are continuing their investigation.

Kimble tapped as Shandaken Code Officer

By Jay Braman Jr.
After a month of “borrowing” Town of Middletown Building Inspector Pat Davis, the Town of Shandaken has hired its own full time man to handle the job.
Clark Kimble was appointed Municipal Code Officer at a February 3 town board session that was held a day late due to the February 2 weather cancellation. He is to be paid $15 per hour and work 25- to 30-hours per week.

Shandaken mulls changes to Town Comprehensive Plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2005 after years of fist-pounding debate and controversy, is up for review this year, but it remains unclear if the town is prepared to reopen discussion on what is considered a blueprint of the town’s future.

Shandaken farmstand controversy unresolved a year after judge's order

By Jay Braman Jr.
The controversial farm stand operation in Mount Tremper is still standing, one full year after a deadline set by the New York State Supreme Court for its removal. Also, the issue of what fines the owners are to pay, as well as the matter of reimbursement of over $70,000 in legal fees paid by the Town of Shandaken, remain unresolved.
On November 27, 2013 State Supreme Court Justice Mary Work gave the owners of Hanover Farms 60 days to take down their farm stand located on Route 28.

Tempers flare at Shandaken session

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken reorganizational meeting last Monday looked like it would come to an end without controversy, but a last minute accusation that one town councilman is harassing the Phoenicia Water Department brought some tension to the otherwise calm proceeding.

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.

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