Town Gets A Setback As Real Property Comes Back With Unsuspected
By Gary Alexander
It's not news that the Town of Olive and the City of New York
are miles apart in their estimations of just how much the city's
miles of taxable property holdings in the town are worth.
When the question was put to New York State's Office of Real
Property Services for study, Olive officials felt they had substantial
cause for optimism that the ORPS evaluation would fall heavily
in their favor. But word came down toward the end of May that
the ORPS decision boosted the assessment for the City's land
holdings by a mere 7 percent.
All ears at last Thursday's session of the Belleayre Resort
issues conference were on Brian Ketchum from Margaretville,
the Catskill Preservation Coalition's traffic expert. The bottom
line according to Ketchum, is that the project's actual impact
on Route 28 traffic would be approximately double that projected
in Crossroads Ventures' DEIS.
Sea Of Lawyers Battles Over Details Of Gitter DEIS With Few
By Paul Smart
With a loose huddle of nearly a dozen attorneys, the adjudication
process for Dean Gitter's Belleayre Resort project got underway
at the Margaretville Fire House in Delaware County the morning
of May 25.
The proceedings will be restarting next Monday, June 7, in
the same location. See inside for a full schedule.
But No Press
Last week's two visits to the proposed Belleayre Resort project
site by Judge Wissler and the attorneys for the parties involved
was made by a group of about thirty people including expert
witnesses slated to testify in future proceedings and DEC
staff. Conspicuously absent was the press, barred from attending
by Crossroads Ventures' Dean Gitter.
Whither The Vote?
Onteora School Board Mulls Upcoming Second Round Of Annual
By Violet Snow
Reeling from the recent decisive defeat of the school budget
by Onteora voters, the school board is expected to adopt
a second, lower budget at the Monday, June 7, meeting, for
presentation to voters at another election on June 22. Also
at Monday's meeting, business administrator Chuck Snyder
will make a detailed comparison of the district's per-pupil
costs with those of nearby districts, as requested by a
group of West Hurley parents. State senators Larkin and
Bonacic and Assemblyman Cahill have been invited to address
the intent of the large-parcel tax legislation, which has
complicated the process of the budget vote.
A Reel Teen
Making Movies In The Catskills
By Paul Smart
Chance Fraser's "The Letter Guy," which premiered
at the Woodstock Film Festival last year and is set to play
as the only local finalist in the Reel Teens Film Festival
at the Catskill Mountain Foundation Movie Theater in Hunter
this weekend, is a perfect local movie.
It involves a young man riding in a car with his father.
He's looking out the window, watching the scenery pass along
Route 28 when he sees a man in a really nice suit retrieving
letters from a mail box situated in front of a particularly
ramshackle home. The kid and his father wonder what the
story is. Cut to inside the house, where the "letter
guy" is slovenly dressed watching television when he
decides to get the mail, dressing up for the occasion- only
to return to his couch potato persona after emptying the
So what if the film's only 3 minutes long. Fraser's 16,
and the "Letter Guy," produced as part of the
Onteora High School's Indie Works program, is an assured