Andes residents learn of higher flood insurance premiums and new transfer station decals

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By Cheryl Petersen
New transfer station decals are available and must be placed on vehicles by January 1 in the Town of Andes.
The regular December Town of Andes Board meeting included a report from Councilman Bud Gladstone on the new National Flood Insurance Plan regulations saying, “The Feds estimate a 25 percent increase in premium costs per year until the national flood insurance fund becomes self-sustained.”
“Federal insurance has been paying out $50 billion per year for flood damage,” said Gladstone. “To be sustainable, new regulations had to be constructed and costs will increase for property owners in the flood plain.” January 2014, the Department of Environmental Protection will make public new maps depicting flood plains in the region.

Check the maps
“Property owners need to look at the maps and determine if they are in the flood plain and then look into the details of the new flood insurance regulations,” added Gladstone. “New specifications for buildings have been set.”
Andes resident Larry Breakstone presented to the board information regarding the national healthcare, saying, “This information is for people who don’t have computers or would rather sign up for healthcare over the phone.” The information will be posted in public places.
The State Office of Emergency Management sent notice that the amount of $215,000 will be forwarded to the town for the Close Hollow bridge project. This is a partial payment to pay bills until money comes from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “FEMA was billed in June and because it takes so long to receive reimbursement, the state is sending the town a partial payment,” said Supervisor Donnelly. Other disaster funds related to the 2007 flood are also being pursued by Donnelly, Highway Superintendent McAdams, and Peter Connell, a disaster assistance representative.
Supervisor Donnelly has been attending informational meetings concerning two proposed power lines. He said, “The lines may encroach on the Fall Clove area of the Town of Andes and I want to make sure our town receives compensation if this is so.”
The New York Department of Transportation fixed the sinkhole in front of Sluiter old office building. “Because we had pictures of the sink hole damage, and with the aid of Senator Bonacic’s office, this expense and work thankfully went to the DOT, not the town,” said Donnelly. Also, two checks, $168,494.98 and $42,189, were received from the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) for Coulter Road and High Street repairs.
A two-foot by 50-foot culvert has been placed near a hunting camp on Turkey Valley Road. A snow removal bid from Tri-Town Services was accepted. An army surplus truck has also been outfitted with a V-plow.
Jason Mondore, animal control officer, said, “A dog showing abnormal behavior was captured and taken to Dr. Dave. There was no chip, no collar, no tag. It died the next day. A post mortem examination determined the death was not caused by rabies.”
Marge Merzig, consultant said, “Shared services between the Town of Andes and the school will begin in January in regard to fuel. Attorneys have reviewed the agreement.” Merzig also spoke on behalf of the Water and Sewer Department, saying, “Negotiations with the Department of Environmental Protection will soon be settled to determine the percentage of septic expenses New York City will pay to Andes next year.”
Bill Palmer was appointed transfer station decal inspector, effective January 1.
The town board also set January 3 as the date, and 12:30 p.m. as the time, for a public hearing to review the train station restoration project. The public hearing will be held at town hall.