Shandaken considers moving town offices to Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
A new idea has pushed to the front of the line in the ongoing effort to decide how to spend $3 million that Shandaken has been given under the state’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program.
The money is supposed to be used to make towns more resilient to future flood events and provide economic benefits as well.
With that in mind, Town Supervisor Rob Stanley started to take a hard look at the decaying town hall, located in Allaben, that holds his office and the town’s highway garage next door. While neither got wet during the infamous flooding that came with Hurricane Irene in 2011, the government hub is actually located right in the floodway of the Esopus Creek and Stanley thinks the best way to spend the $3 million is to relocate everything.

Shandaken will continue to plow the church parking lots

By Jay Braman Jr.
There’s a pretty good chance it will snow again this season. Shandaken’s snowplows will sweep through the parking lots of the churches and firehouses in town, just like they have been doing for years and years.
They will do it even though one town resident warned that such actions are unconstitutional and should no longer be allowed because the town could be held responsible for damage.
That’s what town resident Dr. Lance Hoffman said at the February town board meeting where he made the remark after seeing a resolution before the board about the matter.

Shandaken Board supports Scenic Byway plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
Against a backdrop, once again, of claims that it will not cost the town anything, the Shandaken Town Board endorsed the creation of a new entity in an attempt to get a scenic byway designation for the area.
Plans for a Scenic Byway designation for a 50-mile chunk of the Route 28 corridor have been bogged down in the eastern portion of the region, and one community has already officially opted out of the program.

STS takes 3rd place in Ulster Savings funding contest

By Jay Braman Jr.
The people at the Shandaken Theatrical Society in Phoenicia have something to clap about this week, and it’s not about something on the non-profit group’s stage, but in its bank account.
The group, known locally as STS and based inside an old Oddfellows Hall turned theater, has taken third prize in a unique Internet based contest mounted by the Ulster Savings Bank.

Shandaken resolution in support of CMRR pulled to be reworded

By Jay Braman Jr.
A resolution that called for Ulster County to immediately end its legal assault on the Catskill Mountain Railroad has been pulled from to the Shandaken Town Board agenda due to concerns by two board members about the wording of the document.

Shandaken board seeks the right consultant for Belleayre project review

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Planning Board is conducting interviews with planning and engineering firms to find one best suited to act as the board’s consultant in the upcoming review of the Belleayre Resort.
Stuart Mesinger, vice president in charge of community planning for the Chazen Companies, made a personal appearance before the planning board last Wednesday to discuss the resort project and how his firm would be able to work with the planners during their review.

With demo day near, Shandaken farmstand owners file appeal

By Jay Braman Jr.
The owners of a farm stand on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper, that the state Supreme Court ordered removed, have filed an appeal of that verdict and are taking steps to apply to the Town of Shandaken for a permit to continue to do business.
On November 27, state Supreme Court Justice Mary Work gave the owners of Hanover Farms 60 days to take down their farm stand.
That gives Al Higley, and his son Alfie, until January 25 to remove the structure. But, with 10 days to go, the place looks just like it did on the day that Judge Work signed her decision.

Supervisor's illness slows Shandaken 2014 reorganization

By Jay Braman Jr.
Illness sidelined the newly reelected Supervisor in Shandaken on January 6, making tough going for the remainder of the town board charged with setting up the government for the year 2014.
Each year in January towns must establish a variety of things ranging from what time meetings are held and which bank to use to more critical elements such as appointing people to specific jobs. This is all done at a reorganization meeting like the one held Monday night at town hall.

Esopus flooding to be discussed at Trout Unlimited meeting

The Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited (APWCTU) will host a presentation on Wednesday, Jan 22. by Scott George and Barry Baldigo of the United States Geological Society examining “The Effects of Flooding on the Upper Reaches of the Esopus Creek.”

Shandaken seeks to fill planning board seat

By Jay Braman Jr.
As a new year draws closer, the Town of Shandaken is trying to get its planning board up to full membership.
The planning board consists of seven volunteer members, each with staggered seven-year terms. The board is responsible for hearing cases regarding special use permits, site plan review, lot line adjustments and subdivisions. It then must make determinations on whether those permits should be granted and what conditions or restrictions should be placed within such permits to protect the town and the quality of life of its residents.

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