Narrowsburg esplanade plan moves forward; critics question the expense
Patrick Harrison, who owns the Rasmussen building and some of the property on which the amphitheater may be built, said there is a mortgage on the property, and his bank informed him that he would not be allowed to sign an easement.
Karl Wasner, who owns one of the buildings in question, said he would grant the easement. He said, “I see it as a gift to the town.” He said he wanted people in the town to enjoy the location as he and his wife have. He said the decision to share it with the public was a tough one.
In other town news, according to a letter read at the town meeting on February 13, the town has been fined $3,860.70 in penalties and interest for late payments of withholding tax of town employees.
Supervisor Carol Wingert read the letter aloud to the board, and detailed six different payments that were filed and/or paid late resulting in the interest and penalties. Wingert said she talked with an official in Albany who said there was a possibility that some of the penalties may be abated, but none of the interest.
The payments were made by former supervisor Peg Harrison, when she and the board were involved in a protracted conflict over who would have authority over hiring a town bookkeeper, and Harrison was acting as both supervisor and bookkeeper.