PORT JERVIS, NY — Although Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker took pains to spell out the reasons why the city is considering imposing a sewer fee, resident after resident stood up in the packed room at the Monday, September 22 meeting to make their case against it. They spoke of the hardships the fee would cause to the already pressed city residents, many of whom simply can’t afford to pay any more fees. Decker had posted the proposed new fee outline on his popular Facebook page before the meeting, giving residents a heads-up of what’s being planned. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Sullivan West Central School District Superintendent Nancy P. Hackett said at the district’s September 18 board of education (BOE) meeting that, as of 8:47 a.m. that morning, both the Lake Huntington and Jeffersonville campuses of Sullivan West Central School District were in precautionary “lockout” mode, following notification by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department that alleged PA sniper suspect Eric Matthew Frein is thought by law enforcement officials to be somewhere in the Delaware River corridor. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Saying state water-quality protection regulations are precluding private property development in the county, the Wayne County Commissioners have lent their support to legislation to amend those regulations.
The commissioners approved a letter supporting House Bill 1565 to the members of the state House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee last Thursday. Read more
ALBANY, NY — As the New York State Gaming Commission held public hearings on the proposed casinos this week, Sen. John Bonacic stressed that economic benefit and job creation are important factors to consider as the commission determines which areas will get a casino, and which areas won’t. Read more
BLOOMING GROVE, PA — At press time, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) had not found and arrested Eric Matthew Frein, but said they are getting closer to him.
They are continuing their investigation into the shooting incident that occurred at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Eric Matthew Frein. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) is looking for community-minded people to join its volunteer mediator panel to provide mediation services in local courts. Although no special degree or prior mediation experience is required, good communication skills and a desire to help others resolve their conflicts effectively and appropriately is a prerequisite. Read more
NEW YORK CITY, NY — Of the 400,000 or so people participating in the People’s Climate March on September 21, quite a few were from the Upper Delaware Valley. There were representatives from the Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. There was also a contingent of about 20 residents from The Weather Project, which was created by the NACL Theater in Highland Lake. Read more
DINGMAN, PA — Opponents of a proposed expansion of gas pipeline compressor station in Milford Township on September 19 asked for the support of the Delaware Valley School District.
They found some sympathetic responses among school board members, but the board’s statutory ability to get involved was an issue to be resolved. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Councilman Robert Ritchie, who is liaison to the Port Jervis Industrial Development Agency (IDA), agreed to a deal with the Future Home Technology Inc. over its delinquency with taxes, he reported during the Common Council’s September 8 meeting—provided the council agreed. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Over the last couple of years, Isaac Green Diebboll has been seen at numerous county and town meetings, shooting video of the meetings and posting them on the Internet to be viewed and used by the public, providing a service that is valued by those on both sides of any political debate. Read more
ELDRED, NY — Town of Highland officials will begin reviewing numbers in a preliminary 2015 budget next week.
At last Tuesday’s meeting of the town board, Supervisor Andrew Boyar said various department requests are being assembled and the first work session for the preliminary plan has been scheduled for September 22, at the town hall. Read more
WHITE LAKE, NY — Councilmember Vicky Simpson said a couple of interesting developments occurred at the latest planning board meeting. Speaking at the town board meeting on September 10, Simpson said representatives of Dunkin’ Donuts have initiated a conversation with the planning board about possibly opening a shop in the building that formerly housed the Bank of America branch. Read more
SHOHOLA, PA — Shohola Township is generally a very quiet, peaceful and safe place. While it covers over 46 square miles, its population is only about 2,100. Much of the land is state game land, and much of its actual area is covered by water. There is the Delaware River, and also countless creeks and lakes. The people who live here are largely working-class and live here year round. While there are seasonal dwellers, there are few communities that cater to that lifestyle. Everyone knows everyone, though people enjoy their privacy. Read more