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Highland approves moratoriumon on ‘high impact industrial uses’


Highland supervisor Andrew Boyar reported that he was asked to participate in a Washington, DC lobbying effort with the nationwide group Sportsmen for Responsible Energy. Boyar served as a delegate on behalf of Trout Unlimited.

“My stance on energy issues has been consistent and steadfast,” he said. “I am pro-environment. Period. Our group met with 70 legislators on Capitol Hill and we lobbied primarily on health and environmental issues concerning natural gas. It opened some eyes and helped put important environmental issues on the table.”

Boyar also applauded the “outstanding team effort” in Highland on the issue of natural gas and expressed his concerns over recent developments during his report on the Upper Delaware Council (UDC).

“The chairperson of the UDC, Dolores Keesler, was relieved of her duties by her town board, the supervisors of the Town of Damascus,” explained Boyar. “Not only did she lose her chairmanship, but she’s no longer a representative on the council. This move came as quite a shock to many of us, as she was highly regarded by most, including myself, and was an example of an exquisitely fair and even-handed chairperson.”

In light of that development, council member James Gutekunst put forth a resolution that the town board “supports unwaiveringly” its representatives on the Upper Delaware Council and the Multi-Municipal Task Force. The resolution passed.

The town board also passed several additional local laws. Information is available on each at the town hall in Eldred, or by contacting town clerk Doreen Hanson at 845/557-6085.

I wish

the folks in The Town of Bethel would get up the courage to enact a moratorium.