The question of whether or not Hawley is an impoverished town was food for discussion for the approximately 50 people who attended the Hawley Borough Council meeting on December 12.
Investors in the Hawley Silk Mill want the borough to designate an area around the Silk Mill and the downtown area as “distressed,” which would allow the borough to adopt an ordinance that in turn could take advantage of the state’s Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act (LERTA). The investors are asking that the borough then approve tax abatements for the Silk Mill over five years. Read more
There are a couple of large hurdles with the wind projects that are proposed for the Town of Liberty. For one of the projects the estimated cost is $5.3 million, which is a figure that will surely put up an immediate red flag, as county legislators struggle with a double-digit tax increase for 2012.
But at a presentation of the projects at the Liberty Senior Center on December 14, members of the company Sustainable Energy Developments (SED) explained how the projects could be structured in such a way as to benefit the county. Read more
A coalition of national, regional and local conservative groups are requesting a federal court to stop a transmission line from cutting through three national parks.
The coalition sought a preliminary injunction to stop the 145-mile Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line through the Delaware Water Gap National and Recreational Area, the Middle Delaware National and Recreational River and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Read more
With reports of the economy finally on a slight upswing and housing starts leading the way, the Town of Highland vigorously debated the merits and detrimental effects of Local Law Number Four at the town board meeting on December 11. Essentially, the law would impact large projects that would result in a significant number of truck trips, and cause the owner of those trucks to pay for any damage to local roads. Local contractors see it as infringing on their businesses in particular and the economy in general. Read more
They came out early on December 16 and then they just kept coming, and by the time the fourth annual Children’s Holiday Party was over, nearly 1,000 people stopped by to enjoy the festivities at Monticello Casino and Raceway. The party was sponsored by the raceway and the Monticello Harness Horsemen’s Association. Read more
At a surprise press conference at the government center in Monticello on December 17, legislators Gene Benson and Cora Edwards called on their fellow legislators not to renew the contract of county manager David Fanslau when it expires at the end of the month.
According to PennDot, the Skinners Falls Bridge on SR 1002 in Milanville (Wayne County) and (Sullivan County, New York) is closed in both directions due to the results of an in-depth inspection. A detour is currently being put in place. Length of closure is undetermined at present time. Read more
The friends of Alexis Bivins, a 14-year-old student at the RJK Middle School who is being treated for a very rare form of cancer, are hosting a Milk Box Derby fundraiser at 10 a.m. on January 12 at Holiday Mountain. The snow date is January 26. The fundraiser will help Alexis’ family with expenses for her treatment. Alexis is being treated for Primitive Undifferentiated Pediatric Sarcoma; only 18 people in the U.S. have this type of cancer. Read more
ALLENTOWN, PA — Pennsylvania Power and Light (PPL) estimates that the cost of Hurricane Sandy to the utility will be $60 to $70 million, and at some point in the future, the utility’s customers can expect to help pay for the storm via charges spread out over several years, according to corporate communications spokesperson Michael Wood. Read more
Contrary to references at public meetings and in the press, some federal elected officials sent letters to federal agencies concerning local opposition to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP)’s Loop 323 project, and asked for a rehearing. Read more
“We have a conflict of interest now. Mr. Clemente is prosecuting me in two different courts. I’m going to be on the board. I would ask the board to either get alternative counsel, or I guess we have to write letters and talk to the state bar and others to see what’s right and wrong, because I certainly can’t go and talk to him about different issues… where I might find myself in trouble.” Read more
The issue of the proposed expansion of the Holbert Quarry in Lackawaxen has been resolved by the limitation of the amount of land that can be worked at any given time. According to a press release from the Upper Delaware Council (UDC), one of the organizations that had opposed the expansion, the permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will specify that only two acres of the 40 acres in question may be mined at one time, and another two-acre area may be used for supporting operations. Further, a mined parcel will be reclaimed and reseeded before operations may begin on a new parcel. Read more
TOWN OF MINISINK, NY — As Millennium Pipeline Company moves forward with plans to build a new compressor station in Hancock, the one currently under construction in Minisink, about 65 miles down the pipeline, is soon to become the subject of a lawsuit filed in the U.S Court of Appeals, brought by the community group Stop The Minisink Compression Station (StopMCS). Read more
It’s not the best place to be if you’re claustrophobic or afraid of fire. But for two weekends in a row, local firefighters were lining up to climb into a specially outfitted container to experience a flashover. The rig was temporarily located on Cold Spring Road in Monticello. Read more
Marie “Jocelyne” Castellano, best known to local residents for her role in the scandal-plagued Narrowsburg International Independent Film Festival and wife of Richard Castellano, is the subject of a documentary film presently in production. The film will tell the story not only of her time here, but also how she founded the Queens International Film Festival, which one New York newspaper called “The Flim-flam Film Festival.” Read more
The Honesdale Borough Council wants more time to discuss the traffic patterns at the intersection of Main and Fourth Streets where the CVS Pharmacy plans to build a super-drugstore. The new store will replace the building that formerly housed DSFI, Inc. Read more
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has awarded Pike County a $30,100 grant to prepare a greenway plan for the Lackawaxen and Upper Delaware rivers. According to a press release from the Pike County Office of Community Planning, the project will complement an existing waterfront revitalization program currently underway in Sullivan County, NY. Read more
NORTHEAST, PA — The Northeast PA Audubon Society is looking for volunteers to help with the 113th annual Christmas bird count on Sunday, December 15. The society says, “You don’t need a lot of experience, just a love for the birds who frequent our feeders and come to our region from the Canada for the winter months.” Read more