Car Show for a Cause raises more than $5K

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The Car Show for a Cause held Saturday at Kirkside Park in Roxbury raised more than $5,500 for local charities and attracted more than 600 spectators. Glenn Hotaling's highly modified 1930 Model A Ford was a red-hot attraction.—Photo by Dick Sanford

Middletown Comprehensive Plan in first stage of production

By Matthew J. Perry
The Town of Middletown kicked off its effort on Nov. 1 to draft a new comprehensive plan with an interactive meeting at which residents and town officials discussed the needs, goals and character of the community. It was the first of what will likely be several workshops and informational hearings that will be convened before the plan is worked into its final form, likely sometime next year.


Gillibrand race is highlight in local voting next Tuesday

By Julia Green
It would be virtually impossible not to know that Tuesday is Election Day. Anyone who has turned on a television, perused a newspaper, listened to a radio, or driven along area roads in recent weeks has undoubtedly been assaulted with news coverage on the upcoming presidential election and advertisements pushing a candidate. Bumper stickers adorn cars, yard signs grace residences and T-shirts bear political affirmations and allegiances.
Come Wednesday morning, it will all be over, save any “hanging chad” debacle reminiscent of the 2000 presidential election.
Voters will be headed to the polls on Tuesday, where the much-anticipated 2008 presidential race will be atop the ballot.


Shandaken voters to choose board member

By Jay Braman Jr.
Voters will see many names on the ballot in Shandaken this year, where one local race takes place alongside several county- and state-level races. In the Town of Shandaken, Democrat Doris Bartlett will be faced by Woodland Valley resident Tina Rice, a Republican, to fill out the remaining year on what had been the town board seat of current supervisor Peter DiSclafani.


Shandaken Board working to reduce budget expenses

By Jay Braman Jr.
A special session to shave dollars from the Town of Shandaken’s $5 million preliminary budget yielded little results Monday night, but there are some items, including raises for staff and officials, on the chopping block.
Filled with four percent raises for all public officials and non-union employees plus a whopping 18 percent increase for the town’s ambulance squad, the preliminary plan caught attention when first revealed earlier this month, prompting one councilman to note that while this would be a hard winter for town employees it would be harder for taxpayers.


ACS Board votes support for future of ONC BOCES

By Matthew J. Perry
The Andes Central School (ACS) Board of Education passed a resolution last Wednesday voicing support for the continuation of the Otsego Northern Catskills (ONC) Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), which serves Andes as well as the schools in Roxbury, Margaretville and South Kortright.


Roxbury wind project flapping in the breeze

By Julia Green
The wind game remains a waiting game.
When the Roxbury Planning Board convened for its monthly meeting on Wednesday night, their consulting firm LaBella’s representative John Collins began the discussion by reminding the board that the current stages of review do not constitute a formal step in the SEQR process.
He added that the possibility of further studies being conducted arose and that by communicating those possibilities to wind turbine developer Invenergy early would allow them to get started.


Middletown budget shows 6.9% tax hike

By Julia Green
Town of Middletown taxpayers will face a 6.9 percent property tax hike if the town’s preliminary budget is adopted following a public hearing on Nov. 5.
After an Oct. 7 meeting to discuss the tentative 2009 budget, the Middletown Town Board adopted the tentative budget as the preliminary budget at its monthly meeting on Oct. 14. The budget reflects a 6.9 percent tax levy increase, which translates to a $147,324 total tax increase, excluding special districts.
A total budget of $3,277,040 is estimated for Middletown’s general fund and water and lighting districts, with $2,305,216 to be raised by taxes.


Arkville Water District residents hear proposal for system upgrade

By Julia Green
Despite letters being sent to all property owners within the Arkville Water District inviting them to attend a special meeting of the Middletown Town Board regarding proposed upgrades to the water system, the turnout at Thursday’s meeting was less than spectacular.
Fewer than 15 property owners attended the meeting, at which representatives from the New York State Department of Health, Lamont Engineers and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) were on hand to discuss various aspects of the project.


Andes unveils $2.25 million budget

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By Matthew J. Perry
The Town of Andes presented a preliminary budget for 2009 at a public hearing last week Tuesday.
A figure of $2,253,814 is projected for town’s general fund, highway department, and water, sewer and lighting districts. The fire district budget was not included in the totals.
The town’s tax revenue is expected to increase by approximately five percent. There is one noticeable increase in residents’ fees: 128 customers of Andes Water District #1 will pay $425 in fees per dwelling unit in 2009, a $50 increase over the ’08 budget.


DEC Commissioner says agency is well prepared for a gas rush

By Matthew J. Perry
The New York Assembly Committee of Environmental Conservation held a public hearing in Albany on October 15 to investigate potential impacts of natural gas drilling. Twenty-four witnesses, including high-ranking representatives of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), gas company executives, independent scientists and environmental activists were invited to testify at what became a day-long event.


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