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By OWEN WALSH
Posted 7/17/20

Rumors and restrictions

A rumor circulated through Facebook this week, saying that the Honesdale Borough Police Department is getting defunded by next year. Honesdale Borough has since released a …

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Rumors and restrictions

A rumor circulated through Facebook this week, saying that the Honesdale Borough Police Department is getting defunded by next year. Honesdale Borough has since released a press release clarifying that the police department’s contract is being renegotiated. However, no decisions have been made yet. The borough council’s next public meeting was originally going to be held at the local high school. But due to coronavirus restrictions, the July 20 meeting will now be held via teleconference.

With Pennsylvania coronavirus case numbers on the rise, Gov. Tom Wolf has placed new restrictions on bars and restaurants, saying that they can only do indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. Alcohol can only be served if it’s with a meal. And indoor gatherings have been limited to 25 people. The new restrictions have been met with criticism from state Republicans and local government officials alike. PA’s House Majority leader called the restrictions “devastating.” And this week, Wayne County Commissioner Brian Smith asked that the governor differentiate Wayne County from areas where the disease is spreading more rapidly.

In other Wayne County news, the county has announced its preliminary budget, outlining how it plans to spend more than $4 million it has received in coronavirus relief funding. The county plans to use the bulk of the funding on small businesses, tourism, non-profit grants, and deployment of rural broadband. The commissioners have told local businesses and nonprofits to stay tuned for the application process.

Water woes and reopening plans

In Narrowsburg, NY, residents are concerned about their drinking water. A recent study found that the Town of Tusten’s water system is “outdated, undersized, and partially inoperable.” It would cost approximately $7.5 million for replacement. Residents at the last town meeting expressed concern for what this would mean for their tax bills. The town is looking into grants and loans to help defray the cost.

The Sullivan County Legislature heard a second round of public testimony last Thursday, about whether or not the county should sell the adult care center at Sunset Lake. After three hours of public comment, the legislature once again delayed its decision to do more research on the issue.

The Eldred Central School District has released a preliminary plan for returning to school in the fall. It involves rotating students so that half are attending classes inside the building, while the other half are learning from home. The plan will be discussed in detail at the next school board meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 at the high school gymnasium or via Zoom.

As coronavirus case numbers continue to grow throughout the country, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has placed travel restrictions on several states. People travelling to New York from a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate will be required to quarantine for 2 weeks. Travel enforcement operations have commenced at airports throughout the state.

  • Rumors and restrictions

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