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May 2015

The Cochecton voter question

The interpretation of voting law by the courts in New York State has lead to some interesting situations. There have been several cases involving different towns, for instance, where a board member has not lived in the town, but has owned a house or building in the town, and has therefore been allowed to serve as an elected official.  Read more

Damascus sets cell tower hearing, seeks local litter ordinance

DAMASCUS, PA — At its May 18 meeting, the Damascus board of supervisors dealt with a number of long-standing issues, including multiple PennDOT bridge replacement projects; amendment of the township’s cell tower ordinance; a proposed conditional-use cell tower; and a proposed nuisance-abatement ordinance. By happy coincidence, it was also the annual Supervisor for a Day education event in Damascus Township. That meant that Wayne Highlands Damascus eighth-grade social studies students Jacob Adams (son of supervisor Steve Adams), Thor Crozakian, Brandon Lawson and Garrett Quick would preside at the town board meeting.  Read more

Tusten moves forward with Main Street deck

NARROWSBURG, NY — At the Tusten Town meeting on May 12, the town board voted to put the bid out for the rebuilding of the Main Street deck. However, before the vote there was more discussion about the design and cost of the deck, with many points being rehashed, such as whether or not the foundation needs to be rebuilt.  Read more

Keeping the Wayne court dry

HONESDALE, PA — “We don’t want rain dripping down on the judge,” Wayne County Commissioner and attorney Wendell Kay said last week.  Read more

Humane Society seeks donations, adoptions

MILFORD, PA — The many abandoned animals in the area at the Pike County Humane Society once more face the threat of losing their shelter. It’s in danger of having to close, unless enough money can be raised by the end of the month to pay the bills, and no new animals are being accepted at this time. Barry Heim, the center’s director, said at the pet adoption drive in Milford’s Community House grounds next to Chant Realty, that it costs close to $28,000 a month to run the shelter. The money goes to take care of the animals, to help pay for food, medical costs, shots and upkeep of the grounds.  Read more

Pike takes on tick-borne diseases

MILFORD, PA — Pike County is fighting back against tick-borne diseases.

By their May 20 proclamation creating a new task force to foster awareness, treatment and prevention, the Pike County Commissioners recognized an epidemic of debilitating tick-borne diseases is prevalent in Northeastern PA.  Read more

Facelift at Eldred’s Sunshine Hall

ELDRED, NY — Workers from William Daw Construction are pictured at Eldred’s Sunshine Hall Library last week. The $45,000 exterior project, funded by a combination of grant money and donations, includes insulation, vinyl siding, window framing and entrance work. Daw said he expected to finish the project later this month. The vinyl replaces the largely original 1920 stucco exterior. The library, originally housed next door at Sunshine Hall, will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.  Read more

DV okays ’15-’16 budget proposal

WESTFALL, PA — Described in terms of Cole Porter’s songs, it was “Anything Goes,” at the beginning and “Don’t Fence Me In,” at the end as the Delaware Valley (DV) Board of Education met on May 14.  Read more

Highland parking amendment completed

ELDRED, NY — After several months of debate, review and revision, the Highland Town Board on May 12 okayed a local law amending town zoning’s bulk regulations to ease commercial parking space requirements.  Read more