"Trucking" with Santa

FIREHOUSE CHRISTMAS FUN —Over 100 kids brought their parents to visit Santa at the Roxbury Firehouse on Saturday including Trevor, Derek, and Jordan Fronckowiak.  Photos were taken by Catskill Images and refreshments were abundant. Fire Chief Allen Hinkley was so impressed with the turnout that he decided to make it an annual event. Planning for next year is already in the works. — Photo by Jill Ribich, Catskill Images

Roxbury wrestles with tax cap in wake of mounting flood costs

By Pauline Liu
Roxbury residents will have a chance to voice their opinions about the state’s new two percent property tax cap and the town’s 2012 budget at a public hearing to be held at town hall on Thursday, Nov. 10 beginning at 6:45 p.m. 

The event was announced at the regularly scheduled town board meeting on Monday night. Town Clerk Diane Pickett has already prepared the tentative budget and she will present it to the town board at a budget workshop scheduled for next Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.

Dry Brook, Oliverea bridge work underway

By Brian Sweeney
The installation of two major bridge projects along county-maintained roadways damaged by August 28 flooding is planned for completion by January.

Officials have indicated that a replacement structure for the “Arthur White Bridge” spanning the Dry Brook stream in Delaware County is targeted for opening to emergency vehicles by December 24. The structure, which is situated about three miles from Route 28, is targeted to be open to all traffic by January 14, 2012. Work on the bridge is expected to get underway this week.

Andes to hold 2012 budget, tax cap and fracking hearing


By Pauline Liu
The Town of Andes will hold a series of public hearings at town hall on Thursday, Nov. 10 to address an array of important subjects in five-minute intervals.

Shandaken board to hear presentation on Phoenicia sewer

By Jay Braman Jr.
After months of research and scrutiny, the long-awaited design plan for the Phoenicia Sewer system is at hand.

On Thursday Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. the Shandaken Town Board will convene a special session at town hall in Allaben to give the pubic a chance to see what it is that Lamont Engineering and the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) have come up with.

Officials target DEP rep for Phoenicia flood woes

By Jay Braman Jr.
Some Ulster County Legislators are hopping mad at Willie Janeway.
Janeway, director of Region Three of the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is being singled out by lawmakers as the man responsible for a series of bureaucratic slowdowns that led to delays in the dredging of Stony Clove Creek in Phoenicia.

Those delays, officials said, made the flooding problems during Tropical Storm Irene much worse than they should have been.

Resolution drafted

DEP funds $1 million in flood relief

New York — New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Carter Strickland announced last week that DEP will provide $1 million in funding to help West of Hudson businesses recover from flood damage as a result of Hurricane Irene and the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.

Renovation, demolition options presented to Main Street owners

By Pauline Liu
Several Margaretville business owners met with engineers and local officials Friday to discuss three options for their block of upper Main Street buildings that were left flood damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. 

The presentation of the much-anticipated study by Lamont Engineers drew a packed-house crowd to the village boardroom at the Gottfried Municipal Building on Main Street.

Arson charges dropped in village case

By Pauline Lu
There’s been a major new development in the arson arrest of 58-year-old Eugene Gundelach of Margaretville.

In a phone conversation on Monday, Delaware County District Attorney Richard Northrup explained to the News that Gundelach was released on bond last week and, as a result of new evidence, the arson charge against him is being dropped.

“In the face of the conclusion reached by the fire investigator, we would be unable to obtain an indictment at grand jury and certainly not proof beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Northrup.

ORDA backs off Belleayre acquisition

By Jay Braman Jr.
A plan to turn the management of state-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Center over to the authority that already runs the state’s two other ski areas appears to have stalled.

It was reported last week in the Press Republican, a newspaper that covers the Adirondack Region, that the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) is taking a wait-and-see attitude about taking over management of Belleayre from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) which has managed the facility since it opened.

Candidate forum planned for October 24

By Brian Sweeney
A Meet the Middletown Supervisory Candidates Forum, sponsored by the Catskill Mountain News, will be held Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Arkville Firehall.

In an unprecedented occurrence, the Town of Middletown has four candidates running for supervisor: Wayd Jaquish of Fleischmanns and Marjorie Miller, Joe Moskowitz and Jake Rosa, all Arkville residents.

Republican Supervisor Len Utter decided not to seek re-election after 12 years in office, but no candidates filed petitions on the Republican or Democratic lines by the July deadline.

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