Shandaken set to tackle flooding issues

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken’s annual reorganizational meeting on Monday was downright calm this year, as opposed to previous such sessions, and it almost ended without any of the usual dark tones that tend to plague this local government.

Shandaken checks residents emergency prep

By Jay Braman Jr.
As the New Year approaches, Shandaken Town Clerk Joyce Grant is helping town residents start off on the right foot.

Soon to arrive in mailboxes is a short survey form that asks townsfolk to consider questions like the following: “How will you get help when the power goes out?”
Calling Shandaken “a technologically challenged community,” Grant said she put together the brief, confidential questionnaire because the results will dramatically improve emergency notification protocol in town.

Shandaken properties set for FEMA buyout

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken is set to lose two-dozen properties from the tax roles as the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) begins buyout talks after Hurricane Irene swept though Ulster County last year.

FEMA has its eye on no less than 33 properties following the catastrophic event in August/September of 2011 when flooding ravaged much of the region.

STS runs 'reckless' over Christmas

The Community Chorale of the Catskills, under the direction of Richard Tucker, will present two performances of its annual Holiday Concert this weekend. On Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. the Chorale will be performing at the Margaretville United Methodist Church. The concert will be repeated Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church in Roxbury.

Shandaken taps Frisenda as code officer

By Jay Braman Jr.
A former Crossroads Ventures employee has been appointed to be the new building inspector in the Town of Shandaken.

Al Frisenda was voted in at the November meeting of the Shandaken Town Board, with Supervisor Rob Stanley supporting the measure along with board members Doris Bartlett, Jack Jordan and Alfie Higley. Councilman Vince Bernstein opposed.

Shandaken balloting set for next Tuesday

By Jay Braman Jr.
People going to the polls Tuesday in Shandaken to choose the next American president will not have anything on the town level of government to think about in the voting booth, but one important proposed law for Ulster County does appears on the ballot.

Appearing on the second page of the ballot and identified as “Proposal Number One, Local Law No. 11,” this yes or no proposition, if passed, would take redistricting power out of the hands of the county legislature and give it to an independent body.

Law overview

Shandaken budget shows 2% hike

By Jay Braman Jr.
The election-year budget with a zero percent tax increase prepared last fall is a tough act to follow, but this year Shandaken Budget Officer/Supervisor Rob Stanley is following it up with one that only brings a little bit of pain to property owners.

Last year at this time Stanley produced a budget plan for 2012 that kept taxes the same as they were in 2011.

This month the supervisor, now in his second, two-year term following re-election last November, has put together a preliminary budget that carries only a two percent tax increase.

Shandaken building inspector charged with forcible touching

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken Building Inspector Richard Stokes, 54, was arrested late last Tuesday, September 18 and charged with forcible touching.

The charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred in April at the opening night party for J Rocco’s, a then new steakhouse in town, and coincide with Rocco’s owner, Eric Risher making a public complaint against Stokes just 10 days prior to the arrest, claiming Stokes has been using the power of his position to harass Risher ever since the grand opening.

Valley residents mark anniversary of flood

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
More than 70 residents of Oliverea and Big Indian gathered Sunday afternoon to celebrate a beautiful day in the valley that was battered heavily by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee last year. And while the gathering was an indirect result of the disaster, the potluck event was more about triumph than tragedy.

Shandaken reviews bids for flood repairs

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board received bids Monday on the first anniversary of the massive damage brought on by Tropical Storm Irene on two large stream restoration projects near Phoenicia, with both combined bringing a total of almost $4 million.

Both projects are necessary due to damage that occurred during that storm and its little brother, Lee, which hit only days afterwards.

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