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SPA TREATMENT — After a 14-year review, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has ended its environmental review of the Belleayre Resort. Above, an artist’s rendition of the Highmount Spa Resort portion of the resort.

Fleischmanns water tower moved to public property

By Matthew J. Perry
A months-long legal battle between the Village of Fleischmanns and two property owners, which focused on the placement of a proposed water-storage tower, was settled quietly last week when the village agreed to move the tower to another site.
In 2008, the village planned to place a 30-foot, 325,000-gallon water tower on land owned by residents Arnold and Roslyn Bernstein.


DEP gets big tax break in Pine Hill

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken residents are eager to hear the details of a settlement between the town and the City of New York over the tax valuation of a multi-million dollar piece of city property in Pine Hill, a settlement that could cost Shandaken taxpayers plenty. The settlement also carries ramifications for Town of Middletown and Village of Margaretville taxpayers.


Middletown has bumper crop of planning board applicants

By Matthew J. Perry
The Middletown Town Board is reviewing an unusually large number of applicants who will be considered for four positions: one regular member of the planning board, two alternates, and one alternate to the zoning board of appeals.


Middletown building report reflects economic slowdown

By Julia Green
The Building and Zoning Department of the Town of Middletown recently published its annual report, which stated that there were fewer building permits issued in nearly all categories. A total of 146 building permits were issued in the Town of Middletown in 2008, a noticeable decrease from the 164 issued in 2007.


Mountainside had zero deficiencies in survey by state Health Department

Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville was pronounced deficiency-free in an unannounced survey conducted by the state Department of Health between January 26 and 29. A survey that renders findings of zero deficiencies is extremely rare, explained Mountainside Administrator Philip Mehl. He said New York State nursing homes are cited for an average of 6 and 9 violations during these Department of Health (DOH) reviews.


Andes states opposition to proposed state tax freeze

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By Matthew J. Perry
The Andes Town Board passed a resolution Tuesday that explicitly opposes and criticizes a proposed, across-the-board freeze on the taxes levied on state-owned lands.


2008 Best Service Awards

By Margaret Inge
In its 11th year, the Catskill Best Service Awards continues to serve as a testament to the value of excellent service. The volume of votes cast substantiates the fact that customers appreciate the difference and are anxious to express their appreciation. Quality of service is a primary factor in the success of every business. Join us in congratulating those businesses and service providers who have distinguished themselves to their customers by the consistent delivery of high quality service.


Little throws hat into ring for Congressional vacancy

State Senator Betty Little (R,C,I-Queensbury) has announced that she is a candidate for the 20th Congressional District. The popular upstate senator well-known for her accessibility and hands-on approach has a strong record of experience in local and state government.


Towns fight governor on state land tax freeze

By Jay Braman Jr.
Local towns are beginning to fight back against a plan by Governor Paterson that critics say would hike property taxes in the Catskills.
The proposed 2009-2010 state budget includes a change to the tax law, which would cap town, county and school taxes paid on state-owned land at their current dollar levels. The change is intended to save the state $9 million in increases over last year’s $183 million property tax bill.


Mayoral posts up for election in Margaretville, Fleischmanns

The position of mayor will be on the ballot in the villages of Margaretville and Fleischmanns in the March 18 election. Current Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton announced last month that he would not be seeking a fourth term.


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