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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.

Pike buses will carry ads on sides

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Transportation Department’s fleet of buses will soon carry ads on the vehicles’ sides, which will add some new revenue to the county’s coffers.
There are between 18 and 20 vehicles in the fleet. The ads will be marketed by KKPP Company, which does a similar service for other counties, including Monroe.  Read more

Continued access block spurs demonstration at Toronto

There will be a demonstration on Saturday, March 17 at 12:30 p.m. at the entrance to the Toronto Reservoir at Pine Grove Rd. and Town Rd. 62 to demand that the developer of Chapin Estates, Steve Dubrovsky, obey the recent Supreme Court decision to open the access immediately.

In his January 3 ruling, Judge Michael H. Melkonian of the State of New York Supreme Court admonished The Chapin Estate for interfering with public access, and affirmed the public’s right to free access to the property.

As of press time, a stone wall still blocked access.

Neversink open to recreation craft

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) will open the Neversink Reservoir to canoes, kayaks and sailboats beginning Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend this year for the first time. This program is the result of a similar pilot program conducted at the Cannonsville Reservoir in Delaware County for the past three years.  Read more

UDC award nominations due

Nominations for the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) annual awards are due by March 19. The ceremony will be held on April 22 at The Carriage House in Barryville.
Nine award categories are available, in addition to the Oaken Gavel Award traditionally given by the Council to the past year’s chairperson. Nomination forms are available at www.upperdelawarecouncil.org or by calling 845/252-3022.  Read more

Apollo plaza project moves forward; bed tax also considered

The Sullivan county Legislature on March 13 decided to move forward with the project at the Apollo Mall, and will eventually sell the land to Chancelor Livingston who will try to work out a deal to lure a big-box store to the site.  Read more

Pike, Wayne undecided about impact fees; some communities may sue

MILFORD & HONESDALE, PA — County commissioners in both Wayne and Pike counties have not decided if they will participate in the enactment of the recently adopted Gas Drilling Impact Fee Law, which has been passed by the PA Legislature and signed by Governor Tom Corbett.  Read more

Earley dismissed by Honesdale; Borough investigation is ended

Wayne Earley, the Honesdale Borough zoning officer whose licensure has been under the scrutiny of The Wayne Independent for weeks, was dismissed by the borough council with a vote of six in favor and one abstention. No member voted against it.  Read more

ECS presents final budget

Following many months of ruthless cuts aimed at creating an austere budget, Eldred Central School District (ECS) officials presented highlights of the near-final proposed 2012-13 budget. Despite a substantial increase of 5% in health insurance and a 30% rise in employee retirement, the proposed budget represents a decrease from the 2011-12 budget of 4.55%, resulting in a total budget of $15,778,153.  Read more

Sullivan Renaissance kicks off season

The Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference & Expo was held at the CVI Building on March 10 and unofficially kicked off the gardening and beautification season.

The new Sullivan County Legislative Chairman Scott Samuelson started the program with an a cappella rendition of America the Beautiful. Can he sing? Senator John Bonacic thought so, and said Samuelson was in the wrong business, meaning he should be a professional singer.  Read more

Neighborhood pride in Narrowsburg

A hearty “thumbs up” to Narrowsburg resident Linda Slocum for getting out and about last week with bag in tow to gather the trash that collects across the local landscape.  Read more

Tusten to IDA, clean up your bridge

The Tusten Town Board voted unanimously on March 12 to send a letter to the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) asking them to clean up and repair the bridge that crosses lower Main Street just below the feed mill.  Read more

‘Largest cut in PA conservation funding’ proposed

The transfer of more than $38 million from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund to the General Fund, as proposed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett for the 2012-13 state budget, is not expected to be a one-time event.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Richard Allan has confirmed that the measure is proposed to be permanent.  Read more

Controversial camp gets another permit; planning board approves indoor basketball courts

The Town of Liberty Planning Board has granted a Special Use Permit to Camp Agudah on Upper Ferndale Road, to allow the camp to build a 100 by 200 foot building to house two indoor basketball courts.  Read more

Walls to go to trial; some charges dropped

After three days of testimony at a preliminary hearing, Pike County Judge Joseph Kameen ruled that a trial of Donald and Eleanor “Nelia” Wall, husband and wife, should be held to investigate whether they are guilty of the charges brought forth from a two-year grand jury investigation.  Read more

School before Labor Day harms tourism?

WESTFALL, PA — Local tourism officials have asked the Delaware Valley School District to consider delaying the opening of school next fall until after Labor Day in order to support the local economy and give high school students and teachers an extra week of work.  Read more

Submitted plans eliminate Hinchey’s district; Special master to redraw districts

ALBANY, NY — In order to comply with the results of the 2010 census, New York State must drop from 29 congressional districts to 27, and the deadline for deciding how the districts will look is approaching quickly. The new lines must be decided by March 12 so congressional candidates can start collecting signatures for the primary election in June.  Read more

Sullivan named economic chief; former Partnership head takes on two agencies in Pike

Mike Sullivan is back after a short retirement.
“I tried to stay home for two months after this last job and couldn’t do it,” he said.  Read more

Town court acquits Howard and Abramson

Roy Howard and Jeryl Abramson were acquitted by a Bethel jury of nine misdemeanor charges related to their promotion of a special event on their land, with camping, for last year’s Phish concert. Eight of the charges pertained to violations of the terms of temporary camping permits, and one said that they had posted a sign without permission.  Read more

FERC gives Minisink compressor the go-ahead

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has concluded that a natural gas compressor station proposed by the Millenium Pipeline Co. for Minisink would “not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment,” according to a 78-page environmental assessment report just released by the agency.  Read more

Heating bill help still available

PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania will receive an additional $52.3 million in federal funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to assist those who are struggling to pay home heating bills, Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Secretary Gary D. Alexander announced Friday.  Read more