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GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Operations to halt the turbid flow below New York City’s Cannonsville Dam are proceeding faster than originally envisioned, according to Adam Bosch, director of public affairs at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP). As of Monday, engineers working on the project believed that it might only take three or four relief wells to halt the turbid flow, instead of the eight originally projected, meaning that stage one of the repair plan could be complete as early as sometime this week.

Stepping it up in Callicoon; the shape of things to come for a river hamlet

Architect Michael Chojnicki and members of the Callicoon Business Association have been working for more than a year on plans to renovate the parking lot and steps that separate Upper Main Street and Lower Main Street.  Read more

Large blooms of didymo discovered in Delaware River

DELAWARE RIVER BASIN – The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) today announced that a staff scientist last week found extensive mats of the aquatic alga Didymosphenia geminata (also known as Didymo or “Rock Snot”), an invasive species, in the Delaware River. Anglers are encouraged to vigilantly clean equipment to prevent the spread of this invader.  Read more

Liberty senior arrested for multiple thefts

On Wednesday April 18, 2012 at approximately 8:00 AM, a concerned neighbor called the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office to report a suspicious person in the vicinity of 97 Huschke Road in the Town of Liberty. Patrols responded to the scene and located a subject who was in possession of a lawn mower.  Read more

Proposed sole assessor law back on the table in Delaware

HORTONVILLE, NY - At a meeting of the Delaware Town Board on April 18, it was decided to propose a law that would move from the current system of three elected tax assessors to a sole assessor appointed by the board.  Read more

Burning bans

Burn bans currently in effect in our area are:

New York State
March 16 through May 14, statewide
All residential brush burning is prohibited in smaller communities during the state's historically high fire-risk period from March 16 through May 14, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens reminded New Yorkers today.

Until further notice
Blooming Grove Township, PA has lifted its burning ban effective May 3. Updates are available at the town office at 570/775-6461 Ext. 10.

Health director calls for Sullivan health forum

a meeting of the Sullivan County Legislature’s Health and Family Services Committee, public health director Carol Ryan proposed the idea of a health forum to discuss the county’s low health ranking in the recently released national report, “County Health Rankings.” (See “Sullivan County nearly most unhealthy” in last week’s River Reporter.)  Read more

DV school plans on public view; hearing scheduled

Plans for the Delaware Valley (DV) School District’s planned $23 million elementary school are now available online at dvsd.schoolwires. They may also be viewed at the district administration building.  Read more

Callicoon holds comp plan workshop

There will be a workshop on the Town of Callicoon’s draft comprehensive plan on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the town hall in Jeffersonville.  Read more

Lumberland second Upper Delaware town to ban fracking

The Town of Lumberland has joined many other New York municipalities to ban the process of hydrofracking for natural gas with zoning restrictions targeting heavy industrial uses. The action took place at the town board meeting on April 11 when the board unanimously voted to approve the new zoning following a lengthy zoning rewrite process. Several of the bans have survived legal challenges, while one is under appeal. The towns of Highland and Bethel are pursuing similar bans.

Jennings calls for forensic audit of records

Borough of Honesdale board member Bob Jennings offered a motion on April 9 for the borough to order a forensic audit of all the records of the recently deposed zoning officer Wayne Earley. The motion was questioned by two members.  Read more

Delaware officials: hands off drilling

As the question of the authority that local governments have relative to gas drilling plays out in the state court, officials of the Town of Delaware have concluded that they do not have the authority to make any zoning regulation related to drilling.  Read more

Cochecton residents want stand on drilling

In a conversation that has been held frequently over the past several months, residents of the Town of Cochecton urged members of the board to take a stand on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The board has maintained strict neutrality on the matter, and members have said they will be guided by the new rules being developed by the NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).  Read more

Looking for a liquor bottle litterer

Multiple empty pint bottles of Smirnoff’s Vodka are being discarded at regular intervals along Route 390 in Greentown. Pennsylvania State Police and park officials want the illegal dumping to stop and are asking the public for information related to the activity.  Read more

Highland to hold hearing on proposed law

Alarmed at a process they perceive to be moving too swiftly, representatives of several hunting and fishing clubs in the Town of Highland turned out to raise concerns about a proposed zoning rewrite targeting industrial uses such as gas drilling at the town’s monthly meeting on April 10. The board listened to many of the remarks, but reminded speakers that the session was not a public hearing where comments are received. That hearing has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on May 4 in the Junior/Senior High School in Eldred.  Read more

Condominium that burned had multiple violations; many residents lost everything

As many as 100 residents of Grandview Palace in Loch Sheldrake were made homeless when a blaze broke out on April 14 and raced through the aging campus. According to Michael De Vulpillieres, a spokesman for the Red Cross, about 80 of those people took temporary shelter at the Paul Gerry Field house at Sullivan County Community College.  Read more

DRBC faces serious funding shortfall

“We are pulling out drought management plans,” Carol Collier, executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) told members of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) at their meeting on April 5. “We’ve received six inches of precipitation across the basin this year, which is about 4 inches below what it should be at this time.”  Read more

Large subdivision approved for dairy farmers; site of former farmland village that never was

Lawrence O’Reilly, a retired dairy farmer from St. Joseph, and his son Thomas, received approval for a large subdivision of 1030 acres in Tyler Hill. Lawrence appeared before the supervisors on April 16, without his son, who is a dairy farmer, and could not attend due to farming duties.  Read more

Brush fire burns at Ten Mile River Scout Camps

When the call went out at approximately 1:50 p.m. on April 16, the Lava and the Narrowsburg fire departments were directed to 351 Grassy Swamp Road, seven miles south of Narrowsburg on the river side of Route 97. The fire, according to Narrowsburg chief Dave Casey, who was the first to drive down the steep one-lane dirt road, had been spotted from Pennsylvania and the coordinates were not confirmed.  Read more

Peregrine eggs begin to hatch

Updated on April 18
PA DEP announces: "Yesterday afternoon, two of the chicks began to pip out of their egg shells. By early this morning, two hatchlings appeared from under the brooding female. They have been fed and appear to be active and healthy. From this point on, the adults will no longer be bored, incubating 24-7. Instead, they will be actively hunting most of the day to provide for the rapidly growing eyases."

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