Shandaken

Ulster Co. Planned Board fears Higley's farm stand is unsafe

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Planning Board has reviewed plans for the reopening of the Hanover Farms store on Route 28 in Mount Tremper and has warned the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals that if those plans are passed as submitted, it would not be safe.
Hanover Farms is in front of the zoning board and looking for several variances from town law in order to reopen the store as it now stands. A meeting/public hearing on the subject is set for Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at town hall in Allaben.


Higley's Shandaken farm stand still down for the count

By Jay Braman Jr.
An attorney for Hanover Farms said that the final nail in the coffin might have been hammered in place last week when the Shandaken Zoning Board of appeals failed to act on granting variances to the now closed business.
On Wednesday, the Shandaken Town Hall was crowed for a public hearing on the farm stand’s attempt to gain permission to reopen. It was closed last fall by a State Supreme Court order after a lawsuit brought by owners Al and Alfie Higley against the town failed.


Ethics of Shandaken officials challenged

By Jay Braman Jr.
The May meeting of the Shandaken Town Board ended with a heated discussion about the ethics of some town officials, some named and others not identified, when a Phoenicia resident complained about what he said was the uneven way town laws are enforced.


Public Hearing for Higley's set for May 8

By Jay Braman Jr.
Area residents will get a chance to speak up on Al Higley’s efforts to reopen his store in Mount Tremper, which is now shut down by State Supreme Court order.
On Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m., the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at town hall on Route 28 in Allaben.


Shandaken business climate sparks lively debate at town meeting

By Jay Braman Jr.
It’s a song often heard throughout the region. A song of despair voiced by members of the local business community who complain about how bad things are going and about how not enough is being done to make things better.
Last week those points were made loud and clear by Russell Roefs, a retiring businessman in Shandaken, who aimed them squarely at the town board during a lively session reminiscent of the meetings of the old days when spirited debate about any and everything was common.
But what he got in return was not what he expected.


Shandaken board replaces planning chair

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board has removed longtime Planning Board Chairwomen, Joanne Kalb, from that position.
Supervisor Rob Stanley made the announcement at Monday night’s town board meeting. Kalb, who will remain on the board, has been replaced as chair by planning board member Donald Brewer.
After the meeting Stanley said that the planning board has some big cases coming before them in the near future, notably the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park project and also the controversial Hanover Farms business in Mount Tremper.


Gala to benefit Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper

Arkville — Reservations are being accepted for the Catskill Gateway Gala, a celebration of the soon-to-be constructed Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper. The gala will be held on Saturday, April 12, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, and will benefit the Catskill Interpretive Center.


Hanover Farms seeks zoning variance to re-open

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Planning Board informed Hanover Farms representatives Wednesday that they must apply for a variance from town zoning law in order to proceed with plans to reopen their Mount Tremper farm stand on Route 28 after being shut down by a State Supreme Court decision last November.
At the same session, the planners had several concerns about the farm stand that they want to see rectified, most notably traffic safety.


Hanover Farms is headed back to the planning board

By Jay Braman Jr.
Hanover Farms representatives are expected to return before the Shandaken Planning Board this Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
The farm-stand business, which is currently in violation of town zoning law at its Route 28 location in Mount Tremper, has submitted a site plan and application to the planning board.
The application has been submitted in order for “the farm stand to comply to zoning regulations and fix any standing violations,” according to planning board records.


Shandaken Councilman wants hourly wages for staff

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Shandaken Town Councilman objected to the way the town pays some employees and has found himself at odds with the town supervisor over the matter.
At the March town board meeting in Shandaken, Councilman Vince Bernstein raised the issue of payment because, while some employees are clearly paid by the hour, others, he said, are given a salary with no requirement to document how often they actually work.


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