Community drug forum planned for January 12


By Brian Sweeney
A Community Drug Forum is planned at the Margaretville Central School auditorium on Monday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m.
The forum will focus on the wide use of heroin and other illegal drugs in Delaware County. Representatives of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department, the Delaware County Alcohol and Drug Council and the Delaware County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services agency will conduct the program.

State seeks action, not more planning, in Margaretville flood mitigation

By Joe Moskowitz
The State of New York has promised the Village of Margaretville $6 million to help limit the damage caused by future floods.
Margaretville Mayor Diana Cope said the state will indeed write the checks to Margaretville and other “Rising Communities,” but she said that the state doesn’t want any more planning, so it has hired outside help to get the planning process finished and the work begun.

Shandaken woman charged with grand larceny from work


By Jay Braman Jr.
A Shandaken woman, who allegedly stole $50,000 from a former employer over a four-year period, was arrested by state police on Wednesday, Dec 3. According to state police, Hope Peters, no age provided, has been charged with felony grand larceny.
According to Trooper Steven Nevel, public information officer for the state police at Kingston, Peters allegedly stole the money from a law firm. “They don’t want their name released though,” Nevel said.

Phoenicia Water district seeks income info to qualify for a grant

By Jay Braman Jr.
In some cases, less is more.
In the case of the Phoenicia Water District, which is facing a $70,000 bill for a new pump, less income district wide can mean getting a large grant to pay for it.
So, the Town of Shandaken is now trying to find out just how much income is earned by district residents, and they are prepared to go around knocking on doors to do it.

RCS delays vote scheduled for Tuesday Dec. 9


Roxbury Central School decided Monday to postpone the vote on its proposed Capital Project, set for Tuesday, December 9, due to an impending snowstorm.
“Due to the impending winter storm, the Capital Project Vote for Roxbury Central School that was scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 9 was postponed. A new date will be determined at the next Board of Education meeting and announcements will be issued,” said RCS Superintendent Tom O’Brien in a news release.

Belleayre Resort may face further review from another group


By Jay Braman Jr.
As yet another deadline comes and goes in the 14-year-long review of the Belleayre Resort project, those involved with the matter say things have become so complicated that it is hard to tell if this is indeed the end or if it is only the beginning of an entire new phase of scrutiny of the $365 million plan.

Delaware County tax increase is 5.9%


By Cheryl Petersen
Former Town of Middletown Supervisor Leonard Utter, speaking at the Delaware County Board of Supervisors’ public hearing last week on the 2015 county budget, warned about the “guerrilla spending in social services” and said, “We are on a slippery slope and the landing is not going to be pretty.”
The public hearing was held before the regular county board of supervisors’ meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 25 in Delhi in regard to exceeding the state tax cap and increasing the county budget levy by 5.9 percent.

RCS school vote scheduled Dec. 9

By Joe Moskowitz
Roxbury Central School District taxpayers, who approved a $4 million bond issue back in May to help fund $5 million in repairs and upgrades to the school, are being asked to go back to the polls on December 9 and reapprove the project because legal language in the original bonding document was faulty.

Overcrowding at County Jail leads to double bunking of inmates


Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills announced last week that he has initiated the double bunking of inmates at the Delaware County Correctional Facility located at 280 Phoebe Lane. “This is the first time since the new jail’s inception in 2003 we have had to double-bunk,” Sheriff Mills remarked.

Middletown budget passes after changes

By Joe Moskowitz
For the second time in a one-week span, the Town of Middletown passed a new 2015 budget. And, while the language used during the special meeting last Thursday was less shocking than during the previous session, some of the town board members left this meeting at least as angry as they had following the last meeting.

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