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Foreclosure redemption deadline pushed, dam rehab meeting and more

What's new in the Upper Delaware region May 13 to May 19

Posted 5/12/21

Gunther announces literacy funding

Monticello, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther has announced that this year’s state budget includes $25,000 for the Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan …

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Foreclosure redemption deadline pushed, dam rehab meeting and more

What's new in the Upper Delaware region May 13 to May 19

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Gunther announces literacy funding

Monticello, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther has announced that this year’s state budget includes $25,000 for the Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County (LVSC).

“The literacy volunteers provide outstanding services to people throughout our community,” Gunther said. “Adult education programs play such a big role in breaking the cycle of poverty,” she added. 

The Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County provides adults with programs in reading, writing and communication skills.

“These much-needed funds will be used to replace lost revenues from the past year as well as to expand our services to fill the gap left by Sullivan County BOCES scaling back their adult education programs in the area,” LVSC executive director Angela Dutcher said.

Foreclosure redemption deadline pushed

Monticello, NY — Local property owners facing tax foreclosure now have until Friday, September 3 to redeem their properties.

Payment of taxes due can be made by check or money order via mail payable to the Sullivan County Treasurer, P.O. Box 5012, Monticello, NY 12701; secure dropbox at the entrance to the Sullivan County Government Center, 100 North St. in Monticello; or in person at the treasurer’s office on the first floor of the Government Center; walk-ins welcome but appointments are preferred (845/807-0200).

 “I encourage everyone who is dealing with the foreclosure process to take advantage of this unusual opportunity,” Buck said. “We’re never eager to foreclose on someone’s property, so I’m grateful that this chance is available to people who may have gotten hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

County bridge to be replaced

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Division of Public Works is closing a portion of Town Highway 17 (DeWitt Flats Road), in the Town of Callicoon to replace County Bridge 241.

County Bridge 241 is located approximately 0.3 miles east of the intersection of State Route 52 and DeWitt Flats Road and will be closed to all traffic starting 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1, remaining closed for approximately four months.

The Sullivan County Division of Public Works will post a detour route using DeWitt Flats Road, State Route 52, Briscoe Road (CR 144), Huff Road, Hubert Road and East Hill Road.

Wayne County holds tactical training

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County District Attorney A.G. Howell announced recently that the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office hosted a training course entitled “Tactical Communications: The Art of De-Escalation.” Close to 40 students attended the course, including state, county and local police officers, adult and juvenile probation officers and police dispatchers.

“Effective policing begins with effective communication, both verbal and non-verbal. This course provided both a refresher and an update to students for their training of their communication skills during stressful and intense situations,” Howell said.

Cartwright reintroduces frontliner legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Rep. Linda Sánchez of California have reintroduced the Coronavirus Frontline Workers Fair Pay Act “to provide frontline workers hazard pay that aligns with the risks they take and the critical services they continue to provide during this pandemic.” 

If passed, high-risk health care workers would receive a flat-rate hazard pay increase of $18.50 an hour, capped at $35,000 for workers earning $200,000 or less annually, and $15,000 for workers earning over $200,000 annually; all other frontline workers would receive a flat-rate hazard pay increase of $13 an hour, capped at $25,000 for workers earning $200,000 or less annually, and $5,000 for those earning over $200,000 annually; and self-employed individuals and independent contractors would be eligible for hazard pay.

The benefit would run until the last day a COVID–19 Public Health Emergency is in effect in the location of employment or until Thursday, September 30, whichever occurs first.

Dam rehabilitation meeting scheduled

HARRISBURG, PA — USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Wayne County Commissioners and the Wayne Conservation District are co-sponsoring a public meeting at 6 p.m. on May 20 at the Wayne County Courthouse to discuss four proposed dam rehabilitation projects in the area: Garrett, Varcoe, Martin and Finkleday dams.

The Lackawaxen dams provide flood protection to residents of Honesdale and the adjacent downstream floodplains. Staff and consultants are developing a plan for rehabilitating these dams so they meet current safety regulations and design standards. Federal funding has been received to assist the local sponsors in developing this plan but has not yet been secured for the design or construction of these projects. 

This public meeting will be held onsite and also virtually using Microsoft Teams. Residents requiring special accommodations, the virtual meeting link, or further information on the meeting, can contact Heather Smeltz, NRCS Civil Engineer, at 717/237-2214 or Heather.Smeltz@usda.gov by May 18, which is the deadline to RSVP. 

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