Phoenicia sewer decision stalled by attorney's illness

By Jay Braman Jr.
With their attorney stricken by pneumonia, it remains unclear whether the Catskill Watershed Corporation’s (CWC) Board of Directors will have a Phoenicia sewer resolution to consider at their next meeting, set for June 1.
Tim Cox, who is not only CWC’s chief counsel but is also a town justice in the Town of Olive, has been in the hospital undergoing treatment.
On Monday, CWC’s Executive Director Alan Rosa said the Phoenicia sewer resolution, which would spell out the relationship between CWC and the hamlet in the latter’s ongoing effort to get a wastewater system, has not been drafted due to Cox’s absence.
“It may have to wait until July,” Rosa said.
Earlier this month the CWC’s wastewater committee tried to figure out what Phoenicia actually wants the CWC to do. After a briefing on the decade-long history of Phoenicia’s efforts to build a sewer system by CWC member and New York City Department of Environmental Protection representative Jeffrey Graff, the committee unanimously agreed to recommend that the CWC Board of Directors agree to get involved.
Rosa noted that any resolution on the matter needs to be prepared carefully, as it must be clear what the CWC is getting itself into.
“It is very complex,” he said.