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October 22, 2016
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Lumberland Fire Department gets two-year contract

Rajsz also announced that Lumberland has applied for $325,000 through a New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) grant. The money would partially fund the purchase of a 2.3 acre parcel on Route 97, adjoining the National Park Service Ranger Station south of Barryville.

The property, which has an existing apartment building known as the “Coop” on it, is proposed for a visitor center to be jointly managed with the NPS.

Rajsz said the town has acquired a “right -of-first-refusal” option on the land, which would be further developed with $250,000 to be secured by state Senator John Bonacic.

She said needed work would include improving a bridge on the property and creating an emergency river access.

Thiele noted that the only cost to the town would be the loss of a $300,000 property from the tax rolls.

The board approved an authorization for the supervisor to purchase the property.