January 22 from 1 to 5 PM, a new community
aquatic program will get started at the Copperhood Inn on Rte
28. Participants at the Open House will decide times for the
regular sessions. Call 688-2460 for further info on this great
Water Tax Rises 137 Percent As Hamlet Businesses Question Sewer
Phoenicia Times Staff
1/19/06 Taxpayers in the Phoenicia Water
District got a shock at the beginning of the month when they opened
their tax bills. Charges for water district tax jumped this year,
causing the owners of even modest homes to pay almost $300, which
is triple the amount that same homeowner paid just two years ago.
Cross Fights For Large Parcel Equity As Olive Seeks To Have Laws
1/19/06The Coalition Watershed Towns continued
to consider stepping in as an involved party on the Large Parcel
issue that has affected two of its member towns to date, and purportedly
threatened nine others, despite threats that such a move could
make the entity irrelevant by splitting apart its once unanimous
sense of regional consensus.
Budget Season Starts
Onteora Discusses Effects Of Rising Fuel Costs; Phoenicia Scores
1/19/06 Phoenicia Elementary has more than
made up for its recent slippages with testing, with Principal
Linda Sella announcing at a School Board meeting at Bennett Elementary
on January 10 that local students have met all the 2005 requirements
to the No Child Left Behind act after having failed to meet its
English Language Arts standards in 2004.
2006 ELA tests are taking place now with results expected in the
Property Seems To Have Been A Gitter Holding...
The town of Shandaken continues its steady momentum
toward building an $11 million waste treatment system
for Phoenicia. On Monday, January 2nd the town board
approved a resolution to purchase land alongside
route 28 for use as the treatment plants main site.
The purchase of the land, a 1.3 acre parcel for
$50,000, was made following a recommendation to
do so by the Phoenicia wastewater committee, a group
of citizens appointed by the town board to handle
the project. The land borders another parcel the
town acquired earlier this year for the site. The
sewer committee says having both properties will
make it easier to less expensive to design the plant.
Committee members also say the purchase of the second
property will enable the structure to be built within
the confines of the town’s zoning laws, although
municipalities are exempt from such details.
The current owner of the property is Kaatskill Associates,
LLC, a company that appears to be one of the many
legal entities established and controlled by developer
Dean Gitter and his partners.