March 27, 2013 —
The U.S. Department of Labor is considering closing one of Callicoon’s greatest economic resources—the Delaware Valley Job Corps (DVJC). According to a resolution written by town clerk Tess McBeath, DVJC employs more than 145 local residents, serves approximately 500 students per year and injects $10.2 million into the local economy. The DVJC is also responsible for the paint job that rejuvenated the Callicoon Railway station. McBeath wrote, “The Delaware Valley Job Corps Center has become a valued member of our community.... Its closure would have a devastating economic impact on our town and county residents.... ”
The resolution in support of the DVJC passed unanimously. Supervisor Ed Sykes urged the public to write letters to their congressmen. He said they won’t be the ones making the decision, but they can put the pressure on the ones who are.
Meanwhile, there was good news for Sullivan West Central School District. Officials are moving ahead with plans for a new roof for the elementary school in Jeffersonville, which will be closed for the summer season for repair; residents should refer to the Sullivan West High School in Lake Huntington for all summer activities and fall preparation. The cost of the new roof is estimated at $1.3 million, which includes a copper cupola. The money comes from a referendum, so the expense won’t increase school taxes.
Also in the future for Sullivan West are several new sports fields. Residents may refer to Community Film Depot (www.communityfilmdepot.com ) for coverage of this board meeting to get the entire report from superintendent Nancy Hackett.
The board also announced that the Town of Delaware Natural Gas Commission needs more members. It’s currently short three. Meetings will be held monthly. This is an opportunity for residents to research, learn and talk with peers about what’s best for the town. Contact Sykes if you are interested in participating in this commission. Send an email to Tess McBeath at firstname.lastname@example.org; she can connect you with Sykes.
During the short public comment meeting, Richard Ferber voiced concern with Upper Delaware Council’s involvement with the town’s planning board and zoning board. There will be a public hearing within the next couple of months on a proposed zoning update, but the date has not yet been determined.