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January 2013

Lawyers wade into Callicoon comp plan battle; Slottjes ask county planning commissioner to reject town’s submission

As officials of the Town of Callicoon move forward to adopt a controversial comprehensive plan, two prominent environmental attorneys are acting on behalf of a “number of residents” of the town.  Read more

Tusten mulls demolition law

The Tusten Town Board, at a public hearing on January 14, tackled the difficult question of a demolition law, touching on the subjects of what is considered an abandoned building and when a building should be deemed unsafe.  Read more

Sullivan West board votes for sale; Retaining mineral rights is an issue

The Sullivan West School Board voted January 10 to sell the shuttered Delaware Valley School Building for $1.16 million, but not before a lengthy debate about the district relinquishing mineral rights on the 10.9-acre property.  Read more

Grady resigns as road master; Damascus supervisor will remain as road worker

Charles (Chuck) Grady, a supervisor in Damascus Township, resigned from his position as roadmaster but will remain a member of the township’s road crew. In Pennsylvania, a supervisor can also be the township’s roadmaster.  Read more

Deerpark board declares opposition to gun law; Is the right to buy an assault weapon absolute?

HUGUENOT, NY — Council member David Dean read the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”  Read more

Felon sentenced in Monticello for possession of stolen loaded gun

Andre Davis, 28, of Monticello, was sentenced on January 28 in Sullivan County Court to 12 years in state prison and five years post-release supervision for his conviction for the possession of a stolen and loaded handgun.  Read more

Wayne County funds ag land project

The Wayne County commissioners allocated $86,958 for the Agriculture Land Preservation program in 2013. The purpose of the program is to keep land for agriculture use, not allowing it to be used for development.  Read more

Sullivan manager negotiations

The Sullivan County Legislature is quietly negotiating a departure agreement with county manager David Fanslau. Five of the nine legislators have been calling for a change of managers since last summer. Because of a change to the county charter in 2007, it takes a supermajority of legislators to either appoint or dismiss the county manager, even if the manager’s contract is not renewed, which is the case with Fanslau. The five legislators have begun the process to change the county charter back to the way it was before 2007, in which the manager could be changed by a simple majority.

Grants for Wayne responders

HARRISBURG, PA — Volunteer fire and emergency response organizations in Wayne County have been awarded more than $267,000 in grants from the state, Representatives Mike Peifer and Sandra Major announced on January 28.  Read more

Fire guts historic building

The building at 144 Sawkill Avenue in Milford was made famous as the place where Frank McCourt wrote his Pulitzer-Prize winning book “Angela’s Ashes.” Because of other historic factors, the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Read more