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ANOTHER FAMILY LEFT HOMELESS — Four residents, including three children, were left without a place to live after their mobile home was destroyed by fire on Thursday in the Town of Shandaken. All of the family’s belongings were lost, too.

Andes candidates will appear at Sunday forum

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Andes — Voters in the Town of Andes will get a chance on Sunday, Oct. 23 to meet many of the candidates who are running for town office this year. A forum, based on guidelines set by the League of Women Voters, will begin at 1 p.m. in the main dining room of The Andes Hotel.

The forum will be moderated by Rev. Steven Swanson, pastor of the Andes Presbyterian Church. Candidates are allowed three minutes each for opening remarks, and each candidate will be permitted a two-minute response to every question.


Roxbury sets preliminary budget

By Pauline Liu
The Roxbury Town Board got its first look at next year’s $3,250,000 budget at a specially scheduled workshop at town hall on Monday night. The 2012 Preliminary Budget was prepared by Town Clerk Diane Pickett.

Other than some minor adjustments, most of the budget, which represents the amount of money that will be raised by taxes, remained the same after the workshop concluded. The 2012 budget is little changed from 2011.


New building plan offered for Main St.

By Pauline Liu
The owners of the six flood-ravaged buildings on Main Street, Margaretville are considering a second engineering plan, which is expected to be formally unveiled on Friday by engineer Paul Gossen of Vega.  

A few owners have already embraced the new plan, which they say is within their budgets. Gossen, who was contacted by telephone, did not want to give away all of the details of his study before the meeting, but summed it up for the News.

Flood repairs only


Flood relief work a big task for MARK

By Jennifer Kabat
A woman shuffles into the MARK Project offices in Arkville with a couple handwritten sheets of paper. One of a stream of people to come in since MARK started accepting applications for flood relief, she hardly speaks, embarrassed at needing help.

She apologizes that her forms are taped and not clipped or stapled together, and MARK’s representative rushes to tell her they’re just glad to have the application. They want everyone to know it is okay to ask for help.


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

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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.


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