Public Hearing for Higley's set for May 8

By Jay Braman Jr.
Area residents will get a chance to speak up on Al Higley’s efforts to reopen his store in Mount Tremper, which is now shut down by State Supreme Court order.
On Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m., the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at town hall on Route 28 in Allaben.

Shandaken business climate sparks lively debate at town meeting

By Jay Braman Jr.
It’s a song often heard throughout the region. A song of despair voiced by members of the local business community who complain about how bad things are going and about how not enough is being done to make things better.
Last week those points were made loud and clear by Russell Roefs, a retiring businessman in Shandaken, who aimed them squarely at the town board during a lively session reminiscent of the meetings of the old days when spirited debate about any and everything was common.
But what he got in return was not what he expected.

Shandaken board replaces planning chair

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board has removed longtime Planning Board Chairwomen, Joanne Kalb, from that position.
Supervisor Rob Stanley made the announcement at Monday night’s town board meeting. Kalb, who will remain on the board, has been replaced as chair by planning board member Donald Brewer.
After the meeting Stanley said that the planning board has some big cases coming before them in the near future, notably the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park project and also the controversial Hanover Farms business in Mount Tremper.

Gala to benefit Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper

Arkville — Reservations are being accepted for the Catskill Gateway Gala, a celebration of the soon-to-be constructed Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper. The gala will be held on Saturday, April 12, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, and will benefit the Catskill Interpretive Center.

Hanover Farms seeks zoning variance to re-open

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Planning Board informed Hanover Farms representatives Wednesday that they must apply for a variance from town zoning law in order to proceed with plans to reopen their Mount Tremper farm stand on Route 28 after being shut down by a State Supreme Court decision last November.
At the same session, the planners had several concerns about the farm stand that they want to see rectified, most notably traffic safety.

Hanover Farms is headed back to the planning board

By Jay Braman Jr.
Hanover Farms representatives are expected to return before the Shandaken Planning Board this Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
The farm-stand business, which is currently in violation of town zoning law at its Route 28 location in Mount Tremper, has submitted a site plan and application to the planning board.
The application has been submitted in order for “the farm stand to comply to zoning regulations and fix any standing violations,” according to planning board records.

Shandaken Councilman wants hourly wages for staff

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Shandaken Town Councilman objected to the way the town pays some employees and has found himself at odds with the town supervisor over the matter.
At the March town board meeting in Shandaken, Councilman Vince Bernstein raised the issue of payment because, while some employees are clearly paid by the hour, others, he said, are given a salary with no requirement to document how often they actually work.

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.

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