PorchFest, grant-funding leads Delaware meeting

By ELIZABETH LEPRO
Posted 7/17/19

HORTONVILLE, NY — More back and forth on PorchFest headlined the Town of Delaware meeting Wednesday, July 10 in Callicoon. Irene Nickolai, Joanne Brinkerhoff and Patti Moorhead, representing …

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PorchFest, grant-funding leads Delaware meeting

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HORTONVILLE, NY — More back and forth on PorchFest headlined the Town of Delaware meeting Wednesday, July 10 in Callicoon.


Irene Nickolai, Joanne Brinkerhoff and Patti Moorhead, representing the newly formed I Love Callicoon Inc., were guests to the board, lobbying for town’s approval on events atthe group’s upcoming PorchFest. The event is going to be a three-day music and arts festival in Callicoon coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Woodstock from August 16 to 18. Nickolai and Moorhead say it’s an effort to promote Callicoon businesses and culture to the more than 20,000 people expected to show up in Sullivan County that weekend.

The town agreed to be the fiscal sponsor for a $3,500 Plans and Progress Grant for PA systems and lighting for the event, but has refused to back any alcohol-related endeavors. Moorhead and Nickolai asked Wednesday for the town to grant a one-day permit for a craft beer truck in Callicoon Creek Park that weekend, which would also sell iced tea and water. Nickolai said that other events have included alcohol sales on town property.


The board voted unanimously against the permit, and plans to set a formal policy disallowing any alcohol sales on town property in the future. This will not include the sale of closed containers of alcohol, the board said, such as hard cider sold during the weekly farmers’ market

After the vote, the building inspector offered a report to the board. The construction of a new cidery on Wagner Road and at the four-story, 28-room Kenoza Lake Hotel—owned by Sims Foster—is coming along.

Supervisor Ed Sykes offered an update on town grants. The town already has a $500,000 grant for the new highway department and is actively looking for more money on that project. The town has reached its limit on grant funding for the Callicoon Water District after receiving $2,964,000 in state grants that funded 60% of the project. The town is also applying for a Climate Smart Community grant for the new highway facility.

In other news from the meeting, the board voted to send construction of the new salt shed out to bid, accepted the two lowest diesel and oil fuel bids—from Resnick and Town and Country, respectively—and read a resolution in support of Sullivan County’s purchase of the 42-acre Upper Delaware Campground.

At the close of the meeting, board member John Gain described water drainage issues near the Rustic Cottage on Route 52 in Jeffersonville. Water coming down the slope, as well as draining through two nearby pipes, is standing and causing issues for homeowners there. He said the state Department of Transportation is involved in trying to solve the issue.

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