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Part of the VW Parts Inc. complex at the intersection of Wagner Avenue and Main Street, Fleischmanns went up in flames late Tuesday afternoon. More photos in our front page story.— Photo by Brian Sweeney

Public receives update on Arkville pool project

By Matthew J. Perry
At a Nov. 13 public hearing on the proposed Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville, local residents viewed preliminary drawings, asked questions and politely voiced their concerns.
In turn, they were informed politely that the project’s financing, scope and lifetime are nowhere near finalization, and that it will be months before they even know if the pool will function only in warm weather or year-round.


Bovina adopts budget; sets cell tower hearing

By Matthew J. Perry
The Town of Bovina adopted a 2009 budget after a public hearing on October 30. Residents can expect a 4.07 percent rise in the tax levy over this year.
At its regular meeting last Tuesday, the town board expressed satisfaction with the increase, which is considered modest considering the difficult economic climate. The tax levy increase was offset by the application of $56,000 in highway funds that were left over from 2008 provisions.


Arkville Water District upgrade to be focus of Dec. 1 public meeting

Staff report
A second public informational meeting to review changes to a proposed upgrade plan for the Arkville Water District is set for Monday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall.
Based on input received at the initial public meeting on October 16, the loan portion of the project has been reduced by $128,000. This amount was originally projected to be $875,175 and is now estimated to be $747,175.


Prospects are strong for Big Game season

By Brian Sweeney
The 2008 Big Game Hunting Season in the Southern Zone, which opens Saturday, Nov. 15, is shaping up to be another strong one, according to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Following several years of low harvests, the 2007 deer take numbers were up sharply across most of the state. DEC officials expect the higher deer take trend to continue this year, but at a slower growth rate.


"Historic" Dry Brook bridge question keeps family without access to home

By Julia Green
Historic or not historic – that’s the question blocking reconstruction of a bridge that spans the Dry Brook stream on George Road near Arkville.
The bridge, which provides access to a residence owned by Joe and Cathy Milnikiewicz, has been deemed an unsafe structure and as such has been closed for the past three years.
Until the mid-1960s, the bridge at the current location was a covered bridge. In 1964 or 1965, the covered bridge was removed and the current bridge was put in its place. The current bridge was relocated from another site, having been constructed in 1907.


Shandaken leader admits error in awarding a no-bid contract

By Jay Braman Jr.
He’s done it before, but some expect that he won’t do it again.


Andes supervisor paints bleak picture of cost of NYC's acquisition program

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By Matthew J. Perry
Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly used a quiet town board meeting on Tuesday to raise community awareness of an Environmental Impact Study that has been commissioned by the county to assess the affects of New York City’s land acquisition program.
A final draft of the study, which is being conducted by the Downeast Group, a consulting firm based in Nova Scotia, is expected in February 2009. This month, Downeast representatives are conducting informational meetings in Delhi, Walton, Middletown and Stamford. Preliminary study findings will be presented, and county residents will have the opportunity to comment and voice their concerns.


Phoenicia, Boiceville sewer projects moving along slowly

By Jay Braman Jr.
A pair of sewer projects in the region is having difficulty moving forward, but supporters of both projects continue to make slow headway. Both projects benefit from funds supplied by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which has committed millions to build such systems in the watershed after local officials demanded the funds back in the 1990s.


Court grants voter legitimacy to Bovina second homeowners

By Matthew J. Perry
Less than two weeks before Election Day 2008, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court confirmed that eight Bovina homeowners—all whom keep other residences downstate—are within their legal rights to cast their votes as Bovinians.
The “Bovina Eight,” whose right to vote was challenged in 2007 and denied by the county board of elections, sued to retain that right and now have the backing of two state courts.


Margaretville Masonic building sold; to become Delaware County eCenter

By Brian Sweeney
The Delaware County Industrial Development Agency has purchased the Margaretville Masonic Hall and will create a second eCenter in the building.
The new eCenter will be essentially a satellite of the original in Delhi. Operated by the county IDA, the Delaware County Office of Economic Development, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and SUNY Delhi, the eCenter is designed as an incubator to assist business growth.


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