‘Southern Ulster Times’

Danskammer PILOT catches flak

September 10th, 2014 No comments

Whether a resurrected Danskammer power plant is a good deal or a bad deal is debatable. Just ask the 40 to 50 persons attending an Orange County IDA hearing Wednesday at Newburgh Town Hall. Read more…

Plattekill approves new software purchase

September 10th, 2014 No comments

Last week the Plattekill Town Board approved the purchase of a new software program and two tablets from WAGsys Technology Group at a cost of up to $7,000, with $4,860 for the software and $1,300 for annual maintenance. Funds to pay for the program will come from the general capital reserve. Read more…

Milton: paradise found

September 3rd, 2014 No comments

Last week the Marlborough Town Board held their last meeting at 1650 Rt. 9W before they move into their new location at 21 Milton Turnpike in Milton for their Sept. 8 meeting at 7 p.m. The entrance is downstairs on the Route 9W side of the building. Read more…

Highland vote set

September 3rd, 2014 No comments

A $17.5 million capital project was approved by the Highland Board of Education on Aug. 26. The board also approved Tuesday, Oct. 28, as the date for a community vote on the project.

The new project represents several months evaluating the original project placed before voters on Dec. 10, 2013 That project, totaling $25 million, was rejected by voters. Since then, the board enlisted the help of a committee of several community volunteers to re-examine the original proposal and bring the amount down to a level that the committee and the board felt that the community would support. With anticipated aid from the state of about 66 percent, the community share will be approximately $6,494,250. At the same time, old debt will be retired, which minimizes the impact on local taxpayers. Figures on the actual tax impact will soon be available, but business manager Louise Lynch quickly gave an estimate that taxpayers with STAR might be paying about $9 per $100,000 of assessed valuation per year, senior STAR might be paying $4, and those without STAR and commercial properties might be paying $13.

Approval of a project amount means that the district will not go over that amount. However, the items included within the project can change depending on the costs determined when bids are received. The approved project contains most of the items from the original December proposal. These items address infrastructure, health, and safety concerns to improve aging buildings and make them more secure. Some of these items include replacing electrical wiring from 1960, end-of-life water heaters, windows from 1980, and repair of crumbling pavement and sidewalks, upgrading fire alarms, and re-coating roofs. For safety and security, the main entrances of all three school buildings also will be reconfigured to create a supervised area for visitors to enter. Handicapped accessibility will also be improved at the middle school. Other safety features included are additional interior and exterior security cameras, door access control electronic devices, door hardware upgrades, additional intrusion-detection devices, a new phone system, generators at school sites, and speakers added or replaced in interior and exterior locations. The complete list of items included in the capital project proposal are available on the district web site:

In personnel, the board welcomed several new teachers and other employees to the district. They include Kathleen Sickles, assistant principal at the elementary school, replacing Rosann Lamanna; Thomas Truscello, math teacher at the middle school, replacing Lisa Barone; Samantha Pedro Wacker, math teacher at the middle school; Merdith Paff, technology teacher at the middle school; Drew Rebecchi, music teacher at the high school, replacing Joseph Martellaro; Evan Oustrich, special education teacher at the elementary school; Megan Erichsen, elementary teacher, replacing Krista Henrickson; Eric Peterson, special education teacher at the middle school, replacing Elizabeth Southern; Terri Grossman, elementary teacher, replacing Deb Kelley, who is currently assessment coordinator; Nicole Morales, special education teacher at the elementary school, replacing Terri Grossman; Jennifer Martin, school bus driver, replacing Jamie Ward; and Mary Santini, school bus driver, replacing Timothy Bradley.

In a special meeting on August 14, the board adopted the tax levy for $25,456,738 out of the approved $39,961,276 budget. The tax rates approved for Lloyd is $21.804340, and $21,275 for Esopus, Marlborough, New Paltz, and Plattekill.

By Teri Jones

Work in progress

August 27th, 2014 Comments off

Matthew Smith, manager of the Bob Shepard Highland Landing Park, updated the Town Board on a host of recent improvements at the park, which is an ongoing work in progress. Read more…

Felicello resigns after arrest

August 27th, 2014 Comments off

On the heel of news of his recent arrest on a charge of grand larceny, Marlboro physical education teacher Frank Felicello tendered his resignation to the Marlboro school board, stating in a letter that it was for the purpose of retirement. The board unanimously accepted Felicello’s resignation, effective Aug. 21, 2014. This ends his teaching career that began in September 1970. Read more…

Marlboro teacher arrested again

August 20th, 2014 Comments off

The New York State Police in Highland reported the arrest of Frank Felicello, 61, of Marlborough, on a charge of criminal possession of stolen property 3rd. Felicello was charged after an investigation into a grand larceny that took place in the Town of Marlborough in September 2013. Read more…

Marlborough set to adopt zoning changes

August 20th, 2014 Comments off

Last week the Marlborough Town Board held a public hearing on new zoning proposals for the Route 9W corridor. They then approved a Negative Declaration on the changes, meaning they believe there will be no significant impact on the environment from the changes; however, the board held off actually adopting the changes due to a required statutory waiting period. Supervisor Stephen Osborn said he expects the board to adopt the changes at their next meeting on Aug. 25. Read more…

Boyfriend charged in toddler’s death

August 13th, 2014 Comments off

Last Thursday New York State Police arrested Kenneth Stahli, 26, of Milton and charged him with 2nd degree murder in connection with the death of 2-year-old Mason DeCosmo, the son of his girlfriend Katlin Wolfert. The charge cites Stahli with depraved indifference, known as disregard for human life. Read more…

The high cost of waste

August 13th, 2014 Comments off

Bill Steele’s 1992 song “Garbage” asks a key question: “What will we do when there’s no place left to put all the garbage?” The lyric highlights what is a growing problem facing not only Ulster County, but the entire planet — how do we handle all of our waste? Read more…

New halls of justice

August 6th, 2014 Comments off

The Marlborough Police and Justice Departments can’t wait to move into their new home at the former Milton Elementary School. Police Chief Gerald Cocozza said renovations are nearly complete but they are waiting for Time Warner to install a new land-line phone system that is scheduled for August 7th. Read more…

Appeal filed in Marlboro coach case

August 6th, 2014 Comments off

Attorney Michael Sussman has filed an appeal in the case against Marlboro Varsity Football Coach Richard Ward, Marlboro School Superintendent Ray Castellani and the Marlboro School District that was dismissed in April by the Hon. Thomas J. McAvoy in New York District Court for the Northern District. Read more…

Highland school board studies $15 million bond proposal

July 29th, 2014 Comments off

In a special meeting on July 22, the Highland Board of Education met with members of the Facilities Needs Review Committee to begin discussions on the committee’s recommendations for a capital project proposal. The committee, consisting of volunteers from the community, was formed by the board in March to review the capital project proposal that was defeated by voters in December. Read more…

Open government

July 29th, 2014 Comments off

Executive Director Robert J. Freeman of the Committee on Open Government Tuesday answered questions about open meeting laws for Town of Marlborough residents, government members, and school board members in the cafeteria of Marlboro Elementary. Read more…

Lloyd Board honors three at town meeting

July 22nd, 2014 Comments off

During a Town Board meeting on Wednesday evening, Police Chief Daniel Waage and Town Supervisor Paul Hansut honored three Lloyd heroes for their life-saving endeavors. Read more…