Margaretville ends planning agreement with Middletown to save money

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Citing increasing costs to Margaretville taxpayers, the village board agreed last month to terminate its Town of Middletown contract for building and zoning services, leaving the Town of Middletown with a shortfall in the town budget.
Mayor Diana Cope told the News this week that the village will seek an alternative method of meeting planning department needs that could involve hiring its own inspector at an hourly rate or negotiating a fee with the Delaware County Planning Department.


Insurance claim denied for Bovina Highway Garage

By Cheryl Petersen
Bovina Supervisor Tina Mole informed the town board at its April 14 meeting that the town’s insurance carrier has denied the town’s claim against its sinking highway garage.
Mole told the board, “As for an update on the sinking highway garage, the insurance company denied the town’s claim. Therefore, town attorney, Kevin Brown has written and submitted a second claim. We received notice this afternoon that the insurance company will be hiring an independent engineer to review the sinking garage”

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Andes residents call for more cell service

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By Cheryl Petersen
Cell phones were on the agenda at last week’s meeting of the Andes Town Board. Privilege of the floor was given to Andes resident Joe Eisele who said, “I became concerned when I heard rumors that the town board is thinking of allowing a cell tower near the town garage. I don’t think cell towers should be built near children or many residences for health reasons because of emissions.”


NYC DEP investigates sheen on Schoharie Reservoir

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) last week provided the following update on its investigation and response to the surface sheen at Schoharie Reservoir:
After the sheen was discovered along the shore on Monday, water supply operators quickly shut down the Shandaken Tunnel Intake Chamber and surrounded the intake with absorbent boom. An analysis of water samples taken from the sheen determined that the material was motor oil or hydraulic oil. Oil was not found in the water samples collected from inside the intake chamber.


News to offer free communications seminars for local businesses

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The Cats­kill Mountain News will offer a free morning seminar called “Telling Your Story, Selling Your Stuff” for local businesses and non-profits from Delhi to Boiceville this spring. The free seminar will be offered one time each in Andes, Margaretville, Roxbury, Fleischmanns, and Phoenicia and will provide simple steps for getting free publicity and stretching even the tightest advertising budgets.


Two charged for drugs, weapons after traffic stop

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Margaretville — State police arrested two people on drug and weapons charges following a traffic stop in the Town of Middletown on April 10.
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DEP: No trains along the Ashokan

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By Jay Braman Jr.
New York City officials reiterated this week they will not support the Catskill Mountain Railroad’s (CMRR) plan to establish a tourist train between Kingston and Highmount.
Fighting to keep alive a 30-year-old dream of running a tourism based train up and down the old Ulster and Delaware rail line, the company has faced major opposition since 2013 when Ulster County, which leases the line to CMRR, announced plans to throw them off the tracks for good, sell the steel lines for scrap and build a rail trail instead.


Fleischmanns friction evident as board reorganizes

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
More than two dozen residents and business owners pack­ed the Skene Library in Fleischmanns Monday night for the annual reorganizational meeting of the village board.
With newly elected Mayor Don Kearney and Trustee Lew Grocholl joining incumbents Harriett Grossman, David Yates and Ben Fenton, board members heard presentations from the MARK Project, Delaware Operations and Delaware Engineering.
While unanimous decisions were the rule of the evening, discord did appear when discussion turned to re-appointment and budget matters.


Sen. Seward delivers key funds for Kirkside Retirement Home

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Roxbury —The 2015-2016 state budget includes $150,000 to assist Kirkside A Retirement Home of Distinction in Roxbury, as result of work performed by State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta).
“Kirkside Retirement Home plays a vital role in the lives of area senior citizens and is a cherished part of the Roxbury community,” said Senator Seward. “Ensuring Kirkside is able to continue operating and offering services contributes greatly to the health and well being of the residents and markedly enhances the local quality of life.”


Catskill Park Coalition gets half a million from the state

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By Jay Braman Jr.
A group of Catskill Park advocates has helped to secure $500,000 in this year’s New York State Budget.
The money will be used for a variety of things in the region, from a grant program for local businesses to land acquisition.


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