Pepacton to open for recreational boating


By Pauline Liu
After years of anticipation, the Pepacton, Neversink and Schoharie reservoirs are scheduled to open to expanded recreational boating on Memorial Day weekend.

Last Friday, Paul Rush, deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) made the announcement at the Catskill Watershed Corporation’s (CWC) office in Margaretville before a gathering of local, county and state officials. “This is another example of how we can work together,” he said, as he discussed the partnership between DEP and the watershed towns.

22 Middletown residents apply for flood buyout

By Pauline Liu
As of today, Delaware County has received 22 applications for flood buyouts from Town of Middletown property owners, who feel that their homes or businesses were damaged beyond repair.
A few homeowners have also sent in applications for “elevations.” If they qualify, they will be awarded $30,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  as an incentive to have their homes raised by two-to-three feet in accordance with flood regulations.

Phoenicia sewer project moving to design phase


By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board has decided to move the controversial Phoenicia sewer project forward to the planning stage.
The decision to do so was not approved unanimously.
While Town Supervisor Robert Stanley voted with board members Doris Bartlett and Jack Jordan to support a resolution allowing engineers to actually design a system to handle the hamlet’s waste, Councilmen Vince Bernstein and Alfie Higley voted against the measure.

Len Utter saluted for public service


By Brian Sweeney
Former Middletown Supervisor Len Utter was honored at a dual celebration on Sunday, commemorating his political career and his 80th birthday.

Len stepped down at the end of the year after serving 12 years as Middletown Supervisor. More than 100 friends and family members turned out for the open house at the Arena Firehall on Sunday afternoon. The visitors thanked Len for his years of public service and also helped him celebrate a landmark birthday.

Hardenburgh supervisor stripped of new highway position


By Pauline Liu
Former Hardenburgh Town Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn is no stranger to controversy and has never been known to mince words. Days after the Hardenburgh Board of Trustees met and relieved him of his new job as the town’s deputy highway superintendent, Fairbairn is sounding off.

“The town board has absolutely no say in this matter,” said Fairbairn. “The conflict of interest is nonsense. The board acted in a capricious and illegal manner. It was an illegal act of the town board with no basis in highway or town law,” he added. 

Pepacton opening spells economic opportunities


By Pauline Liu
The announcement that the Pepacton Reservoir, will soon be opening to expanded non-motorized recreational boating, has filled the local business community with excitement. There’s no doubt that there are opportunities to be had. 

According to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) businesses with powerful steam cleaners will be needed at launch points.

Seeking flood property buyout: One woman's effort to apply


By Pauline Liu
Meetings to assist owners of flood-damaged property with their hazard mitigation applications began last Wednesday at Middletown Town Hall.

Middletown Code Enforcement Officer Pat Davis and Delaware County Senior Planner Kent Manuel were on hand as Donna Fronckowiak of Clovesville came to discuss her application.

Additional flood money to flow to area municipalities

Binghamton — According to a report published Monday by TV station WBNG in Binghamton, 13 upstate communities will receive a portion of almost $650,000 from the New York Department of State to help communities rebuild and recover following Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene.
In Delaware County, the Village of Fleischmanns will receive $49,588 to go toward rebuilding and bringing back downtown businesses, homes and infrastructure to allow sustainability and encourage longtime growth.

Property owners get info on flood buy-out program

By Pauline Liu
Delaware County will handle the application process for flood buyouts on behalf of Town of Middletown property owners whose homes and businesses were severely damaged by tropical storms Irene and Lee last year.

About 60 people packed into the meeting room at Middletown Town Hall last Thursday night to hear details of the program. Most people came to find out about buyouts under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

The program also covers elevations, which would involve raising entire buildings to make them less vulnerable to flooding.

MTC looks to expand services into nearby communities

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) hopes to soon expand services to the towns of Halcott, Gilboa and Conesville.

The cable franchise proposals will be the subject of upcoming public hearings in the townships. If the municipalities agree to allow MTC to establish franchises, the expansion projects are expected to commence by summer.

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