Just prior to Hurricane Irene’s arrival in the Upper Delaware region, Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) crews tunneled underneath Route 590 in Lackawaxen Township during the ongoing expansion of its 300 Line Project. Shown here is a road bore machine, which runs on tracks, according to Jerry Creel, TGP’s 300 Line Project manager. A massive auger drills horizontally through earth and rock, depositing the pulverized material in the trench. Standing on the roadway, the vibrations could be felt through the road’s surface.
Hurricane Irene pounded Claryville and the Frost Valley YMCA when it blew through the area on August 28. According to a press release from the organization issued on September 2, there was no road access to Frost Valley and no estimated timeline on when one would become available.
The organization says entire roads and bridges were washed away, and one of its historic buildings, Pigeon Lodge, was shattered beyond repair. Read more
Hurricane Irene pounded Claryville and the Frost Valley YMCA when it blew through the area on August 28. According to a press release from the organization issued on September 2, there was no road access to Frost Valley and no estimated timeline on when one would become available. Read more
WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s a sign of the times. The Federal Highway Administration is caving in to a tsunami of complaints about its stringent sign law that had the potential to pressure local budgets to the breaking point. Read more
Tar sand protest arrest tally tops 1,200
WASHINGTON, DC — A civil disobedience demonstration in front of the White House, protesting the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that has been proposed to carry oil from Canada’s tar sands concluded last Friday after its planned two-week run. As of the last day, 1,250 people had been arrested. Read more
Three Democratic candidates for two seats on the town board will face off in a primary contest on September 13. Long-time incumbents Vicky Vassmer-Simpson and Bob Blais will be sharing the ballot with former highway superintendent Bernie Cohen.
The local Democratic Committee has decided not to back a candidate until after the primary, at which time it will presumably back the two winners. If Vassmer-Simpson wins and the committee supports her, it may signal the beginning of an end to a huge rift in the party that has defined it for the past couple of election cycles. Read more
Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau has issued a Flash Flood Watch associated with Heavy Rain Potential into Monday evening.
Fanslau said, "The National Weather Service (NSW) has issued a Flash Flood Watch in Sullivan County for periodic heavy rain that will continue to affect the watch area through the day Monday (Labor Day) and into Monday evening. Additional rainfall amounts of one (1) two (2) inches are expected for most areas, with localized amounts of three (3) inches or greater likely in more persistent and heavier rain bands. Read more
On Tuesday September 6, 2011, Wayne County Emergency Management will begin to collect data from individuals and business owners concerning losses and damage from Hurricane Irene. Information will be gathered by telephone at 570-253-1622, by fax 570-253-2943 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more
Between Sunday and Tuesday, State Senator John Bonacic has visited locations around the four counties of his Senate District to view flood damaged properties and put local officials in touch with officials from the State and FEMA. Read more
Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "There have been some news media this morning that left the impression that a determination was made that Sullivan County was rejected for inclusion in federal disaster aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). That conclusion would be an incorrect conclusion. Read more
WASHINGTON DC — This August, well-known environmental writer and leader for action against climate change Bill McKibben, along with other leading environmentalists, environmental groups like the Indigenous Environmental Network and religious organizations organized the “Tar Sands Action,” a massive civil disobedience protest to encourage President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. Read more
Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau announced that the Sullivan County Community College will open the Paul Gerry Field House locker rooms shower facilities to county residents that remain without power on Thursday, September 1st, and Friday, September 2nd. Read more
The battle between some residents in the Kauneonga Lake Sewer District and the organization Kollel Avreichim took a new turn at the Bethel Town Board meeting on August 27. The meeting took place on a Saturday, which meant that members of Kollel would not be able to attend or speak into the microphone because they are members of the Hasidic community, and Saturday is their Sabbath. Read more
Delaware to consider a sole assessor
HORTONVILLE, NY — Despite the fact that the idea was shot down by residents a number of years ago, the Town of Delaware board will consider changing the number of assessors from three to one. “We are one of the rare towns that have three assessors,” said Jim Scheutzow, board chairman. “Most, if not all, have only one.” Read more
A Sullivan County Supreme Court judge has ruled that a gas-drilling lease in the Town of Tusten is void because restrictive covenants on the deed prohibit using the land for any kind of commercial activity. Read more
As in other towns in Sullivan County, the issues of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing have been percolating through the local political process in the Town of Bethel for the past couple of years. At a town meeting on August 27, the town board gave its clearest indication to date about the likely path the board will follow. Read more