Top-of-the-World must post a bond for its new roads

By TOM KANE

HORTONVILLE, NY — The Top-of-the-World development on Route 97 south of the hamlet of Callicoon will need to post a bond when it constructs new roads in the spring. The Town of Delaware will hold the bond.

“The amount of the bond has not yet been determined,” said Town of Delaware Counsel Kenneth Klein. “We’ll know very soon.”

The development, which will begin Phase Two in a few weeks, was formerly owned by Joe DeFalco, an entrepreneur from Long Island. Phase Two involves 307 acres and will create 46 lots, each about five acres.

The current owner, who bought the property in 2004, is Joseph Picone of Long Island.

The work of clearing for the roads was begun months ago by the developer, according to town highway superintendent Bill Eschenberg. “Once the road are completed by the developer who has to follow the town’s regulations, they will be maintained by the town,” Echenberg said.

The town board appointed Nathaniel “Skip” Feagles, the former Town of Tusten Highway Superintendent, to act as town inspector during the construction of the roads. Feagles, who will work for the town, will be paid by funds from the developer.

In other town matters, the board agreed that the Sullivan County Area Farmers Market will operate on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from May 8 to November 29. Again this year, the board forbade the vendors from providing prepared food. “We don’t want to hurt our town businesses,” said Jim Scheutzow, who ran the meeting in the absence of Town Supervisor Bill Moran, who was on vacation.

The town board also agreed to adopt a bond of $155,000 to pay for a new 50,000 pound GVW truck.