Shandaken

Shandaken mulls changes to Town Comprehensive Plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2005 after years of fist-pounding debate and controversy, is up for review this year, but it remains unclear if the town is prepared to reopen discussion on what is considered a blueprint of the town’s future.

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Shandaken farmstand controversy unresolved a year after judge's order

By Jay Braman Jr.
The controversial farm stand operation in Mount Tremper is still standing, one full year after a deadline set by the New York State Supreme Court for its removal. Also, the issue of what fines the owners are to pay, as well as the matter of reimbursement of over $70,000 in legal fees paid by the Town of Shandaken, remain unresolved.
On November 27, 2013 State Supreme Court Justice Mary Work gave the owners of Hanover Farms 60 days to take down their farm stand located on Route 28.

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Tempers flare at Shandaken session

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken reorganizational meeting last Monday looked like it would come to an end without controversy, but a last minute accusation that one town councilman is harassing the Phoenicia Water Department brought some tension to the otherwise calm proceeding.

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Sewer project again the focus in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
Against a backdrop of the dismal failure of the controversial Phoenicia sewer project, the residents of the nearby Hamlet of Shandaken are now being asked if they want to get involved in a similar plan.


Mt. Tremper and Phoenicia residents urged to weigh in on flood planning

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken Town Supervisor Rob Stanley has put out the word to Phoenicia and Mount Tremper property owners that it is critical they attend the meetings set up to discuss flood issues.
At press time, a meeting for Phoenicia residents was expected to be held on Oct. 14, while a meeting for Mt. Tremper residents will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, at the Emerson Resort and Spa on Route 28.


Shandaken taxes set to rise 3.9%

By Jay Braman Jr.
This week, Shandaken Supervisor/Budget Officer Rob Stanley unveiled his preliminary spending plan for the year 2015, a plan that calls for a nearly four percent jump in the tax levy.


DEP to extend Route 28 sewer lines in Shandaken

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the start of work on a $2 million sewer line extension in the Town of Shandaken that will provide wastewater collection and treatment to 25 additional homes and businesses that currently rely on individual septic systems.


Arkville Head Start now accepting Shandaken children

By Jay Braman Jr.
After the Shandaken area was left without its Head Start program last year, the organizers of the Head Start in Arkville decided they had to help out.
So this year, the Arkville-based preschool program will accept children from Shandaken even though the town is located across county borders in Ulster County.
According to John Eberhardt, executive director of Delaware Opportunities Incorporated, the non-profit agency that administers the Head Start program in Delaware County, there are still openings.


Chad Storey named new Shandaken Police Chief

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board unanimously ushered in local policeman Chad Storey as the town’s new police chief, effective July 19.
Storey’s appointment follows the retirement of current Chief James McGrath, who is stepping down later this month.


Shandaken to pick new police chief

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board will hold a special session on Wednesday, July 2 to interview candidates for the position of police chief.
According to Supervisor Rob Stanley, the meeting will not be conducted in public. “We will officially open the meeting then immediately move to executive session,” he said Monday. “We will interview candidates, then have a private discussion and hopefully choose a new chief right then.”


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