Highland issues consumer alert
On August 13, the town board also heard a presentation from Heather Jacksy of the Sullivan County Planning Department detailing a program for coordinated, state-provided signage along the Route 97 Scenic Byway to better direct visitors to local recreational amenities and services, while keeping them off private property.
Boyar said he was uncertain of the town’s role as the town has no signs along the state highway and “the state has always been very reluctant to take the town’s advice.”
Jacksy also detailed her year-and-a-half effort on a waterfront revitalization plan for the river. She said funding is being sought and the plan is almost ready. She said the idea is to create a look more commensurate with a national park area.
Grant funding of $125,000 would create six new river access areas, one of which would be one of three candidate sites in the Barryville area: at the interstate bridge, on town-owned property on River Road, or at a state-owned fishing site a half-mile north of the hamlet. “What gets done depends somewhat on volunteered and donated help,” she said.
Boyar said the town has made no decision about a new access, and was concerned that further access development would “encourage abuse,” including additional garbage issues. He said the town probably would not participate unless there were assurances made about dealing with new garbage and misuse. “I see negatives without positives,” he said.
Resident Jim Hanson said the town has not had bad luck with revitalization grants, citing the business named “Stickett Inn,” at the corner of Mail Road and County Road 21.
The name, seen as provocative by many, has drawn wide criticism. “The name is very offensive to a lot of people in town,” said Peter Carmeci.
Jacksy noted that other businesses in town, Clancy’s and the Carriage House, also received money under the same program.
Boyar said the name given was not the name originally proposed. “We have free speech. If you like one aspect of it, you’re stuck with all of it,” he said.