Town of Highland supervisor Andrew Boyar has confirmed that the town has been served with a Notice of Claim (NOC) from the Highland Field and Stream Club, Inc. in response to the town’s passing of Local Law 3 on July 10, 2012, which bans heavy industrial activities such as natural gas extraction. The NOC is a precursor to legal action, which may or may not ensue, according to Boyar. The matter has been referred to town attorney Michael Davidoff. It is standard practice not to comment on any form of litigation said Boyar. The town’s regular monthly meeting will be held on October 16 at 7 p.m. Read more
"Zoning Provisions in PA Act 13: What the Recent Commonwealth Court Ruling Means"
Penn State Cooperative Extension will offer a program on traditional zoning in Pennsylvania and oil and gas development before and after Act 13.
In July 2012, a Pennsylvania Commonwealth court rejected the Pennsylvania legislature’s preemption of significant elements of local zoning under Act 13. The ruling has been appealed to the State Supreme Court, but municipal officials and others are uncertain about the immediate impact of the decision. Read more
As Governor Cuomo nears a decision on drilling, 15 lawmakers from Sullivan County join with over 420 elected officials across the state in asking the governor why concerns from local officials from 50 counties have not been answered or addressed.
Monticello – This week, 15 elected officials from Sullivan County called on Governor Cuomo to protect New Yorkers by keeping in place the state’s moratorium on high volume fracking. Read more
NEW YORK STATE — The battle between pro- and anti-fracking forces in New York State opened on a new front this week as two groups sent Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests to three towns that have passed pro-gas drilling resolutions.
In letters dated October 2, the National Resources Defense Council and Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy contacted the towns of Delaware and Fremont in Sullivan County and Sanford in Broome County. Read more
A 22-year-old Port Jervis man has been indicted in connection with the death of his 13-month-old son. The indictment was issued on October 9 by the Orange County Grand Jury. The incident occurred on September 24 when police say Brett Kanoff used a blanket to smother the child, named Cameron, while he was lying in a crib. Read more
On October 1, Lake Adventure Community Association’s two-year battle with Dingman Township concluded with a ruling by Judge Joseph F. Kameen. The challenge to an ordinance was granted, and the part of the ordinance defining a recreation vehicle as a unit that does not require a special highway moving permit is stricken from the ordinance. Read more
NINETEENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — A new poll shows that Democratic congressional candidate Julian Schreibman is closing the gap between him and his opponent, Republican Congressman Chris Gibson. The poll released on October 8 shows that 41% of respondents favored Schreibman while 43% supported Gibson, with 16% of voters undecided. Read more
Eight towns in Sullivan County have been working with attorneys and engineers for nearly four years to come up with agreements to protect local roads should a high-impact activity, such as gas drilling, come to the region. At the Tusten Town Board meeting on October 3, there was a public hearing for Tusten’s version of the proposed law, and it sparked some objection. Read more
Recycling in Honesdale will be a whole lot simpler beginning October 15. That’s when the new policy of single-stream collection begins in the borough. And Honesdale residents will no longer have to separate recyclables into different bins for collection at the curb. Read more
“The longer the record you have, the more powerful the data becomes,” said Lisa Senior of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Pennsylvania Water Science Center in Exton. Senior was updating members of the Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) board of directors on the Pike County Groundwater Level Network established in 2007. Read more
Waters entering the Lackawaxen and Delaware rivers just below the Lackawaxen Township Fire Hall will be cleaner thanks to the efforts of the senior citizens who meet there for meals and social activities. Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) watershed specialist Lori Colgan has been providing educational programs related to water quality issues for the seniors. The group identified a clogged road pipe as the source of water contamination from stormwater runoff. Read more
In recent weeks, county legislator Kathy LaBuda has reminded the people who attend meetings at the government center that Sullivan County is the “second poorest county in the state.” At a community health improvement forum at the Ted Stroeble Community Center in Monticello on October 4, Carol Ryan, director of public health, reminded people that the same goes for health outcomes, where Sullivan is the second poorest in the state. Read more
Against an appropriate backdrop of tumbling waterfalls, dramatic rock outcroppings and flaming fall foliage, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) awarded 17 grants totaling $100,000 to representatives of communities and organizations assembled at Ledges Hotel in Hawley on October 3. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — In the ongoing effort to enhance farming in Sullivan County and raise awareness about the importance of agriculture and growing food locally, the Catskill Edible Garden Project was created earlier this year. Read more
NEWARK, NJ — The Susquehanna-Roseland power line received final approval from the National Park Service when the agency issued a Record of Decision on October 1, affirming the route the utility preferred. According to supporters, in addition to boosting electric service reliability, the new line will create jobs, reduce electric bills for some customers and provide a significant economic stimulus to the region. Read more
NEW YORK CITY — Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a $7.8 million settlement with eAppraiseIT, formerly one of the nation’s largest real estate appraisal management companies, and its parent corporation, First American Corporation, for colluding with savings and loan giant Washington Mutual to inflate the values of homes. The settlement resolves charges that the corporation violated appraiser independence laws, which regulate the conduct of real estate appraisers. Read more
HARRISBURG NY — A mobile home park owner with dozens of properties in 17 Pennsylvania counties, including in Wayne County, has entered a $1.3 million consent decree with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) over repeated violations of drinking water and wastewater standards. GSP Management Co., Frank T. Perano and related companies are further required to take necessary corrective measures.
The three Wayne County locations—Canal Mobile Park in White Mills, Sunrise Terrace Mobile Park in Honesdale and Pocono Mobile Manor in Gouldsboro—were all listed for drinking water violations. Read more
During the comment period of the monthly meeting of the Damascus Township Board, resident Barbara Davis Dexter urged the township council to pay heed to the provisions of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Clean Indoor Air Act, which she suggests the council has been ignoring. Read more