Shandaken resolution in support of CMRR pulled to be reworded
By Jay Braman Jr.
A resolution that called for Ulster County to immediately end its legal assault on the Catskill Mountain Railroad has been pulled from to the Shandaken Town Board agenda due to concerns by two board members about the wording of the document.
The resolution, according to Town Supervisor Rob Stanley, contains language that newly elected board members Tim Malloy and Faye Storms, are uncomfortable with. Stanley did not say specifically what those concerns were but did say they might have something to do with passing judgment on what happens in other towns affected by the railroad. Neither Storms nor Malloy could be reached for comment.
Entitled, "Resolution Concerning Development And Use Of The Ulster-County Owned Ulster and Delaware Railroad Right-Of-Way," the document states “the ultimate goal for this resolution is to support an operating railroad with a parallel trail for the entire length of the corridor in Ulster County.”
It also calls for an end to all current conflicts regarding its development potential as a railroad and/or a trail and requests that, “Ulster County immediately end its legal efforts to terminate the CMRR lease and work toward a lease extension with the CMRR as soon as possible to work out a solution agreeable and beneficial for all parties involved.”
It also calls for existing railroad operations from Phoenicia to Boiceville to be extended east to reach the Ashokan Reservoir and Kingston in order to reach their maximum economic potential for the Town of Shandaken and requests that Ulster County representatives work cooperatively with the Delaware/Ulster Rail Road, which operates trains on the same rail line in Delaware County, to extend its operations to Big Indian in the Town of Shandaken.
Stanley said he expects the resolution to be reworded because he would like unanimous support for the measure and he expects the resolution to appear again soon. “It’s only a memorializing resolution,” he said.
Ulster County owns the 38-mile stretch of railway and currently leases the property to the Catskill Mountain Railroad. Last year the county attempted to evict the company but State Supreme Court Justice Richard Mott issued an injunction against an attempt.
Bad weather cancelled Monday night’s town board meeting. It has been rescheduled for next Monday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.
It remains unclear if the new resolution will be prepared by then.