Cochecton adopts green initiatives plan
And there were other green items on the agenda. Maas announced that the town’s Spring Cleanup Days will be Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19. Litter pickup supplies will be dispensed at the old town hall on County Road 116 from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. each day.
Richardson, the board’s Upper Delaware Council (UDC) representative, reported that the UDC is currently operating within new budgetary constraints imposed by reduced funding. The UDC is operating at 1988 budget levels, and has been forced to reduce its staff of four to three. The original plan envisioned a staff of five. A resolution in support of the “Lordville Thermal Stress Relief Protocol” was approved. This resolution supports water releases from New York City’s Catskills’ reservoirs to cool the waters in the main stem of the Delaware River as far south as Lordville, to relieve the stress trout experience at water temperatures above 75 degrees. This action would serve to extend downriver the excellent trout fishing in the Delaware’s northern reaches.
Councilman Richard Schulman, the board’s liaison with Sullivan County Office of the Aging, read an Alliance for Retired Americans fact sheet that examines the current inadequate Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) and the prospect of reduced Social Security benefits if Congress ties COLA to a smaller measure of inflation. According to the fact sheet, any COLA must take into account seniors increased spending on healthcare. Consumers are urged to support Senator Tom Harkin’s Rebuild America Act, S. 2252. The same bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives DeLauro and Braley, H.R. 5727. More information can be obtained at www.retiredamericans.org.
Two other resolutions were approved by the board. One makes all town employees eligible for health insurance by the carrier providing the highway department employees with health insurance. The other was acceptance of the Time Warner Cable agreement. Finally, Maas announced that, while cleaning out the old town hall, a stash of records and other documents dating back to the 19th century was discovered. The find has been temporarily placed in the new town hall records vault for safekeeping, and will be turned over to town historian K.C. Garn for inclusion in the new Cochecton Town Museum to be located at the old town hall.