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February 2013

Sustainable street lighting; Coming to a street near you?

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Three towns in Sullivan County have signed the Climate Smart Community Pledge, a partnership between local and state governments with a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They are Town of Tusten, Town of Lumberland and Town of Delaware. The Climate Action Plan (CAP) Advisory Board is a citizens’ advisory group formed by a Sullivan County legislative resolution. Its purpose is to generate a greenhouse gas inventory for the county and to make specific recommendations in the form of a Climate Action Plan to assist the county in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.  Read more

Students seek alternative graduation space

A group of Sullivan West Secondary School seniors received a lesson in bureaucracy at the district board meeting on February 7.  Read more

Motor club seeks ambitious expansion; Some neighbors likely to oppose

Tony Cellini, the supervisor of the Town of Thompson, said, “We have a handful of naysayers; let’s not let the naysayers run our community.” He then urged the people in the crowded clubhouse to pack the public hearing of the Thompson Planning Board on February 13 and support the proposed expansion of the Monticello Motor Club (MMC).  Read more

Sullivan to upgrade emergency radio system; $11-million price tag for towers, frequencies

Legislators have not yet voted, but it seems likely that they will move forward with a plan to build nine new emergency communications towers and purchase new frequencies to aid in the communication among emergency responders.  Read more

Farmers will continue to receive newsprint; Old newspapers make for good livestock bedding

Legislator Cindy Gieger said that only three farmers regularly receive recycled newsprint from Sullivan County transfer stations, and a fourth receives it occasionally. The policy to allow farmers to receive recycled newsprint for no cost was established in 2003.  Read more

Fracking health study needs more time

ALBANY, NY — In a letter to Joe Martens, commissioner of the New York Department of Conservation (DEC), Dr. Nirav Shah, commissioner of the New York Department of Health (DOH), said his review of the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing would require a few more weeks to complete, which means that a deadline regarding the SGEIS will be pushed back.  Read more

Gun resolution draws pushback

Like other town boards across the state, the board of the Town of Callicoon considered and passed a resolution opposing the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (SAFE Act) passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in the wake of the killing of school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.  Read more

Pennsylvania Attorney General closes Florida gun loophole

HARRISBRUG, PA — Pennsylvania residents who carry a concealed weapon using a non-resident concealed-carry permit from the state of Florida will have to apply to receive a permit from the Keystone State if they wish to continue to carry concealed weapons. Existing permits from Florida will become invalid on June 8.  Read more

Honesdale man killed in snowmobile accident

Kevin Mulligan, who was 45, was killed in a snowmobile accident while riding on Beach Lake on the evening of February 9. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, Mulligan was driving a 2005 Polaris snowmobile across the lake, when he possibly became disoriented and rode off the lake and into a stack of aluminum docks located along the shoreline. Upon impact, Mulligan was thrown from the snowmobile and into the docks.  Read more

Presentation on reservoir releases scheduled

A presentation on a proposal to relieve thermal stress on the cold-water fisheries of the Upper Delaware will be made at the Tuesday, February 19 meeting of the Upper Delaware Council’s (UDC) Water Use and Resource Management Committee (WURM), 7 p.m. at 211 Bridge St. The public is welcome.  Read more