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.

Flood prevention planning taking shape in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
A couple of ideas for how best to spend $3 million in flood remediation funds are rising to the surface in Shandaken, where a group has been meeting weekly to figure out how to get the best bang for those bucks.
At a recent session to discuss ideas, Town Supervisor Rob Stanley gave specifics to his plan to scour the creek beds in town as a way of preventing flooding.

Judge orders Hanover Farms to be shut down and dismantled

By Jay Braman Jr.
The legal battle over Hanover Farms on Route 28 in the Town of Shandaken has reached an end with a New York State Supreme Court decision that puts the establishment out of business.
Hanover Farms owner Al Higley has been at odds with the Town of Shandaken for over eight years. After being granted approval to build a 100-square-foot-farm stand, Higley gradually expanded the business to over 2,000 square feet despite receiving stop-work orders from the Shandaken’s former code officer, Richard Stokes.
Higley filed a lawsuit against the town and Stokes in 2012.

Former Shandaken Code Officer Stokes will not be reappointed

By Jay Braman Jr.
The former code enforcement officer for Shandaken, recently cleared of charges that he forcibly touched a waitress in a local eatery last year, will not be getting his old job back.
That’s according to Town Supervisor Rob Stanley, who said that former code officer Richard Stokes made a public request for reinstatement last week.
“At this time we have no plans to change anything,” Stanley said. “We will not be rehiring Mr. Stokes.”

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