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Mountain Eagle to Every Household April 7th

Written By Editor on 3/29/17 | 3/29/17

The Mountain Eagle is proud to announce our Spring quarterly edition April 7th is going to every household in Schoharie County, as well as eastern Delaware and northeastern Greene Counties. We're sending out 20,000 copies, reaching over 40,000 readers.

If you're opening your business up for the season, expanding, or want to get the word out to literally everyone, here's your opportunity. Don't be the only one of your competitors that didn't have an ad in this edition!

If you're interested in having your ad or information in the largest edition in the region, contact us at mountaineaglenews@gmail.com for more information.

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Cobleskill Women's Softball Doubleheader Rescheduled

Written By Editor on 3/28/17 | 3/28/17

The SUNY Cobleskill Department of Sport & Exercise announced today that the women’s softball team’s home North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader versus SUNY Polytechnic Institute that was originally scheduled to be played on Wednesday March 29th, at the college’s Fighting Tiger Park been rescheduled due to field conditions brought about by the region’s recent weather conditions.

The doubleheader between the Wildcats and Fighting Tigers will now be take place on Tuesday April 11th beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Cobleskill’s Fighting Tiger Park.

For further information regarding Fighting Tigers athletic team schedule adjustments; interested parties can consult the athletic program’s website at http://fightingtigers.cobleskill.edu or can contact the SUNY Cobleskill Department of Sport & Exercise via phone at (518) 255-5127 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  

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April Maple Brunch Buffet and Farm Tour at Bees Knees Cafe



Preston Hollow, NY: The annual Maple Brunch Buffet at the Bees Knees Café celebrates the new season of maple syrup and beginning of spring on the farm! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet and see the farm animals getting ready to leave their winter quarters to start the new season. The Maple Brunch Buffet is both Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2. The Buffet runs from 10am-3pm, with the farm tour at 11am.

Price is $19 per adult and children pay their age. The price includes the farm tour. Reservations are necessary by calling 518-239-6234 or e-mailing heatherridgefarm@aol.com.

The brunch is held at the Bees Knees Café in the original 1820s farmhouse, right on the farm.  Heather Ridge Farm is a mixed livestock and poultry farm, the Café serves food grown on the farm as well as vegetables, fruits and dairy products from other nearby farms.  The maple syrup is made by Cook Family Farm, from trees on Heather Ridge Farm as well as neighboring trees.

The menu includes pancakes, both fluffy buttermilk and gluten free cornmeal cakes, and several grades of warmed maple syrup can be sampled. Corned beef hash, scrapple, spinach tart with Barbers Farm greens, potato torta with wild chives and local Brovetto cheese, fresh farm eggs to order, maple cupcakes, gluten free apple crisp are also on the buffet. Freshly roasted organic fair trade coffee, assorted teas, juice, Cowbella milk and farm-made “Patent Root Beer” round out the menu.

On the tour, guests will see the herd of goats, including some very pregnant does due to kid in a couple weeks, the flock of breeding sheep, the guard llamas, rams, buck, donkeys, alpacas, geese, guinea fowl and laying hens.  Heather Ridge Farm is proud to be certified Animal Welfare Approved and Certified Grassfed.

The Bees Knees Café at Heather Ridge Farm is located at 989 Broome Center Road, Preston Hollow, NY.  518-239-6234. The café and farm store are open every Saturday and Sunday year-round, with an expanded summer schedule. Menus and a calendar of events are updated weekly on its website at www.heather-ridge-farm.com


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Cobleskill Police Blotter

Written By Editor on 3/27/17 | 3/27/17

Monday, March 20, 2017

At 3:15 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested John T. Rundblad, 24, of Worcester, NY, for Grand Larceny 4th and Petit Larceny.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and released.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on March 28th at 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

At 6:34 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Jonathan M. Winnie, 25, of Sharon Springs, NY, for Disorderly Conduct.  He was released and is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on March 28th at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

At 9:34 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Daniel St. Louis, 33, of Schoharie, NY, for Forcible Touching.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and released.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on April 11th at 5:00 p.m.

At 11:28 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Samantha Medico, 28, of Summit, NY, for a Bench Warrant for Failing to Appear.  She was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and released after paying $250 Bail.  She is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on April 4th at 5:00 p.m.

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Man Arrested for DWI in Walton

On Sunday March 26 th 2017 at about 12:56am Delaware County Sheriff

Deputies arrested 42 year old John A. Radomski Jr of Dobbs Ferry New

York, on charges of driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood

alcohol content of .08% or greater, both unclassified misdemeanors.

Redomski was additionally charged with speed not reasonable and prudent,

unsafe lane change, and was later released on Tickets returnable to Walton

Town Court at a later date.

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NYC Man Arrested for DWAI Drugs in Delhi

On Saturday March 25 th 2017 at about 12:32am, Delaware County Sheriff’s

Deputies arrested 19 year old Max T Spangenthal of Manhattan New York,

for driving while ability impaired by drugs following a traffic stop in the

Village of Delhi. Spangenthal was additionally charged with failure to dim

headlights, signaling less than 100 feet, and unsafe backing. After arrest

processing the defendant was released on tickets returnable to Delhi Town

Court at a later date.

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Hamden Woman Arrested for Petit Larceny

On March 25th, 2017, Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Hannah M. Sage 21 years old of Hamden, New York for the Misdemeanor Offense of Petit Larceny. It is alleged that over a period of time the defendant stole and consumed medication belonging to a family member.  She was arrested, processed and released on an appearance ticket directing her to appear in the Town of Hamden Court to answer the charges.  


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Liability and the Law

Written By Editor on 3/26/17 | 3/26/17

By Michael Ehline

Premises liability is one of those unspoken parts of owning a home or operating a business. We don't always think of someone falling down or slipping on the floor but the risk is always present. In fact, in many cases liability is a slippery slope-- and it's not always clear whose responsibility or fault it is for an accident.

In some cases the risk splits between the property owner or manager and the injured. Courts must determine whether the injured party understood the risk to themselves and went beyond the ordinary scope of services for the establishment. In some cases, this may involve going through doors that say "Utility Room" or into an active construction zone.

For the owner or operator, there is a responsibility for reasonable access and use. This often includes the ability for customers or visitors to transit safely. If the owner knows there is a hazard and does nothing about it, they are usually liable. In some cases, this can be proven through a notice of claim or other evidence that the owner understood the risks and disregarded them. Furthermore, the owner may have allowed the danger to grow through a lack of action. This is often found with cases of neglect or lack of maintenance.

Additionally, precautions reduce the chance of injury. Even a notice or sign letting patrons know not to go beyond a certain point helps. Wet floor signs and cordoning off areas keep otherwise unwitting visitors where they need to be. There are many cases where fault is shared, but the owner has an obligation to keep the area as safe and accessible as possible. This is often considered the bare minimum standard.


Michael Ehline is an auto and personal injury expert. He is head of the Ehline Law Firm APLC. Reach him at michael@ehlinelaw.com.


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Smith: Fighting Heroin Goal of DA Candidacy

Blenheim Supervisor Shawn Smith announced his candidacy for Schoharie County District attorney at a bipartisan event held on March 25th.

Smith said that he had a variety of life experiences growing up in Schoharie County, including as a logger, mechanic, student, attorney, and Supervisor. He serves as municipal attorney to several Towns and Villages across the County. He served as public defender over the last

Photo Credit: Warren Burton
"What drives me to run for District Attorney is my experience as a criminal defense attorney. It gives me a unique insight into the criminal justice system," he said. He serves as a Public Defender in Delaware County.

Smith then spoke next about the "heroin epidemic in the area," stating that it would be the number one issue law enforcement deals with in Schoharie County.

"Some of my colleagues both as attorneys and fellow legislatives say that the problem is out of control and too big for us to control as a county," Smith said, "We have a lot of resources here in the County, in the DA's office, the Sheriff's Office, the Village of Cobleskill Police... the State Troopers. If everyone works together we have a lot of resources we can put in and hopefully reverse the trend and reverse it and turn it around."

The candidate gave several examples of clients he defended over the years. One was a young woman accused of petit larceny. He said that it wasn't obvious that she had a drug problem, but she explained that she had a problem with prescription pills. "That's what drives people to heroin," he said. The young woman stole to pay for drugs. Smith said many people can't reverse the trend without help. She was thinking about enrolling in college, she said.

Because she wasn't charged with a drug crime, there were no immediate resources open for treatment at the time. Smith pursued options for her. In the meantime, he was asked to represent her in a family court matter after she was beaten up by her boyfriend, an alleged heroin dealer. She sought and received a temporary order of protection against the boyfriend. Smith called around for treatment options for her in the meantime and called her mother several days later. "It was one of the toughest phone calls I ever had," he said. The young woman died of a heroin overdose.

"It made a big impression on me. It's weighed on me a lot," he said. Even worse, the boyfriend is still on the streets, even though he was arrested and released. "In a way, he's responsible for her death."

Smith spoke of another client that requested supervision of his children before the mother died of a heroin overdose.

The candidate called for a three-pronged approach to fighting the local heroin. "We can make a big difference in this," he said. "It keeps getting worse and worse. That's why I'm dedicated to running for District Attorney."

Smith's plan included a plan to assist first time users. "They need help, they need treatment," he said, citing successful programs in other counties. "There's things we can do without spending a lot of money." He said that in cases where defendants have charges that likely drug related, any plea deals will require drug treatment options. He said there are cases where some users are unrepentant and think it's a "victimless crime." He cited broken families and that these types of users are "part of the problem" and would be dealt with harshly.


Smith said of the 16 towns of the county, none are spared drug issues. He said that drug dealers and pushers should be cracked down on. "retribution is swift and severe. It has to be severe enough that they'll think twice or decide that it's totally unworth it to sell drugs." He promised the "stiffest punishment possible."

Thirdly, Smith said the District Attorney's office can work with early intervention programs. He said that the DA's job is a 24-7 job and requires the office holder to be "active in the community."

Smith closed by saying that he wants to open a dialogue with everyone, whether they supported him or not. "I encourage you to talk to me about it. It's a problem we're all dealing with."

Smith's campaign page can be found here.

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DA Race Kicks Off at Bipartisan Event

Schoharie's Quality Inn Hotel was packed with 140 people for the launch of Blenheim Supervisor Shawn Smith's candidacy for District Attorney.
A litany of public officials were present for the event, sponsored by the Democratic Party Chair Clifford Hay and Ten Pin Catering of Middleburgh.

Smith's campaign launched emphasized a non-partisan approach to local law enforcement issues, with a particular focus on eradicating heroin use in the County. Officials from a variety of communities were there. Present were the Democratic Supervisors of Fulton and Sharon, Phil Skowfoe and Sandra Manko, respectively. Republicans, Sheriff Tony Desmond and Supervisor Dave Simkins of Broome were there. Republican Supervisors Leo McAllister of Cobleskill and Pete Coppolo of Middleburgh both intended to go, but had other obligations, Smith said. Mayor of Cobleskill Linda Holmes and former Middleburgh Supervisor Jim Buzon were also there.

The event included several speakers before Smith's campaign launch speech.

First was Sheriff Anthony Desmond, who spoke to Smith's commitment to law enforcement. "He's a good supporter of the Sheriff's Office," he said. "Shawn, like I said, is a great guy. You can talk to him. He'll listen to what you have to say. He comes up with a solution we can both live with.


Retired State Trooper Butch Ostrander spoke after the Sheriff. He told a personal story of watching the Supervisor grow up. Ostrander said he first met the candidate while Smith was working as a mechanic with his father. Smith, he said, spent his younger days logging and working on cars.

Sharon Supervisor Sandra Manko spoke next, explaining that Smith is a hard working member of the County Board and told a story of his early days in practice.

He decided to leave high school to become a mechanic full time. Ostrander said it's easy to drop out and chase an "easy buck" but that Smith then attended SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Albany, and finally Albany Law School.

Schoharie Town Attorney Michelle Storm spoke last. She was a classmate of Smith's at Albany Law and saw him as an energetic and skilled attorney who excelled at his coursework.

Last, Supervisor Smith spoke to the assembled crowd, as seen in our next article on the race. He emphasized that local efforts can reduce the rate of heroin addiction in Schoharie County. His campaign page can be found here.


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C-GCC International Club Students Raise Funds for Women's Education

Written By Editor on 3/23/17 | 3/23/17



International Club students at Columbia-Greene Community College, from left,
Saher Alamri, Reafa Tamanna and Tahoor Fatima, all from Hudson, raise funds
for the "Educate a girl. Change the world." campaign, sponsored by WomenOne,
a nonprofit devoted to creating positive change in the lives of women and
girls globally through access to quality education.

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Octagon Barn Lecture and Star Party 4/21

Written By Editor on 3/22/17 | 3/22/17

Friday, April 21st
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Octagon Barn Star Party and Lecture –

Professor Ralf Schauer (SCCC)- “Explorations of Jupiter”

Join us for an astronomy lesson and dark sky observing at the Octagon Barn in Delanson, NY! Programs include a 1 hour talk by local astronomy enthusiasts, followed by night sky observing if the weather is clear. Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. Telescopes will also be set up for public use. Great for older children and adults!

Cost: Free! (donations graciously accepted)

Knox Octagon Barn, 588 Middle Rd, Delanson, NY 12053, Sponsored by the Lauterbach Pokorny family

Presented by Dudley Observatory at miSci, Dr. Valerie Rapson, Outreach Astronomer
www.dudleyobservatory.org, info@dudleyobservatory.org, 518 382-7890 ext 259


http://dudleyobservatory.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2ef4e7598fea6c4a053769914&id=d426fca873&e=378f2e2924

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Richmondville Man Dies Following Police Chase

Written By Editor on 3/20/17 | 3/20/17

A Richmondville man took his own life after a 21 mile police chase following a domestic dispute.

Two troopers pulled Emmanuel Humphreys over on Route 30A after he allegedly fled the scene of a physical domestic dispute in Richmondville Saturday night. Police accused him of assaulting his girlfriend. According to State Police Commander Robert Patnaude, Humphreys fled the scene, and ran over the foot of one of the troopers.

The driver led three Trooper and two Schoharie County Sheriff's Deputies on a chase over 21 miles and 15 minutes.

Police stated that Humphreys called his girlfriend, who was with another Trooper at that time. The driver allegedly said that he wanted to crash his car and die.

Humphreys crashed his car into a dump truck in Rottedam, splitting in two and catching on fire. A State Police vehicle ran into his car.

A part of the car hit a woman inside a nearby vehicle. She was not injured. Two Troopers were treated and released. Humphreys leaves behind four children.

An autopsy is planned today.

WNYT has more details here.

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Inaugural Pop Up Market Sale Saturday and Sunday, May 6th and 7th

ARKVILLE – The Catskill Center invites you to join us for our inaugural Pop Up Market on Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7 at the Erpf Center—the Catskill Center’s headquarters in Arkville. The Pop Up Market will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday May 6 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday May 7.

In celebration of Spring and the start of the summer outdoor recreation season, the Catskill Center inaugural Pop Up Market will be a used outdoor gear sale. It will be a great opportunity to gear up for your adventures in the Catskill Park and Catskill region this summer! The Pop Up Market is also an opportunity to learn about outdoor organizations in the Catskills who will have information available, as well as learn about the work of the Catskill Center to preserve, protect and enrich the Catskill region and the Catskill Park.

Individuals and organizations from across the Catskills are donating gear for the Pop Up Market. All proceeds from the Pop Up Market will benefit the Catskill Center.

To make this event a success, the Catskill Center is asking for donations of your used (but in good condition) outdoor gear prior to May 6th. All types of outdoor gear are welcome. If you have gear you would like to donate, please contact Jonathan Mogelever at 845-586-2611 extension 116 or via email atjmogelever@catskillcenter.org to set up a time to drop off your gear. You can also visit the Catskill Center between 9:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday and make your donation (43355 Rt 28, Arkville, NY 12406).

Donations of outdoor gear or other items are tax deductible as allowed by law. We will ask you to submit an Item Donation Form with your gear, so that we can thank you for your donation and give you proper documentation for the donation.

For more information, please visit CatskillCenter.org/events.

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Cobleskill Police Blotter


Thursday, March 16, 2017

At 2:09 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Julius Smith, 34, of Cobleskill, NY, for Aggravated Harassment.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on April 11th at 5:00 p.m.

At 5:40 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Nicholas O. Gable, 24, of Cobleskill, NY, for Trespass.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on April 18th at 5:00 p.m.

At 5:40 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Herbert L. Amey, Jr. 28,  of Cobleskill, NY, for Trespass.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on April 18th at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, March 17, 2017

At 4:30 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Heather A. Hartleib, 28, of Cobleskill, NY, for Harassment 2nd and Disorderly Conduct.  She was issued a Criminal Summons and released.  She is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on March 21st at 5:00 p.m.

At 8:35 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Dennis Cooper, 32, of Tribes Hill, NY, for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to apperar in Cobleskill Town Court on April 4th at 5:00 p.m..

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The True Cost of a Car Accident

Written By Editor on 3/19/17 | 3/19/17

By Michael Ehline

There are many ways to dissect the aftermath of a bad car crash. Among them is the human cost. There is often many severe issues following such an incident. Families have their lives and lifestyles changed. In some cases, it even results in severe injury or death.

All of these should be considered after a severe wreck. There isn't an easy answer or way out. There are often legal and medical challenges that last for weeks, months, or years. In many ways the result of the accident is one of the hardest things a family can endure.

First is the legal. Many accidents do not have clear cut fault, or liability. Instead, the true cause of the crash needs an investigation. An accident expert cuts out the uncertainty. They work with police determining the reason the crash happened.

Medically, there are often many issues attached. Serious injuries require serious responses. Medical bills can skyrocket, even for just several days of treatment. Further surgeries or rehab can bankrupt a family. Many families worry about the cost of lost work or a change in lifestyle. Furthermore, many families face mounting bills at a point their savings drain. Not being able to get around due to injury is a nightmare. Each one of these issues is unique.

There are many untold and unseen costs to an accident. Replacing a vehicle and getting members of a family where they need to be when they need to be there is a hassle. In addition, weakening income is a large challenge. Since there are no easy answers, consider the possibilities closely. In conclusion, these decisions are often in your hands sooner than you might expect.

Michael Ehline is an auto and personal injury expert. He is head of the Ehline Law Firm APLC. Reach him at michael@ehlinelaw.com.


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Fighting Tiger Weekly Recap

The SUNY Cobleskill Department of Sport & Exercise will celebrate the observance of Division III Week – a celebration by member schools of the division's unique philosophy that equally values academics, athletics and student-athletes' involvement in a full and rich campus life – from Monday April 3 thru Sunday April 9, 2017. Division III week was instituted in 2012 with the purpose of calling attention to the activities and accomplishments of student-athletes by scheduling public events during the week. The Department of Sport & Exercise will be hosting a number of home athletic contests during the week, while sponsoring community service and community engagement activities as well as honoring student-athletes as part of the National Student-Athlete Day Initiative.
Coby T. Tiger the Fighting Tigers Mascot captured 22.78 % of the vote in the opening round of the 2017 SUNY Mascot Madness Competition to place second in a field of three teams in Region 1 portion of the competition.

UPCOMING HOME CONTESTS:
Softball vs. SUNY Polytechnic 3/29, Morrisville State 4/1, Cazenovia College 4/2, Sage College 4/4      
 Lacrosse vs. Wells College 4/1, SUNY Polytechnic 4/8                                                                  
Men’s Golf hosts the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Classic on 4/8 & 4/9 at the Cobleskill Golf & Country Club

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Mattress Charge Results in Split Vote

Following up on last month’s discussion to possibly increase the rate for disposing mattresses, the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors debated a potential change to fees charged for disposing mattresses at their March 17th meeting.

Supervisor Phil Skowfoe of Fulton recommended changes to the mattress fee schedule. He said that other counties do recycling at about $20-25 per ton, which is about a wash.

Supervisor Larry Bradt of Carlisle said that he was against increased charges because it might be added to a larger pile of garbage. Supervisor Skowfoe said it was more expensive to ship the mattresses to the western part of the state. “You know that cause you was at that meeting,” he told Supervisor VanGlad of Gilboa. The new rate would be $140 per ton or about $20 per mattress individually. He said the additional mattresses take up more space and that

There was significant confusion about the weight of the mattress and how much each one would cost when disposed by itself or with a load of garbage. The box spring would not be included in such disposal.

“I called the damn question,” Skowfoe said, calling for a vote. Voting no were Supervisors Bradt, Coppolo, Hait, Federice, Tague, and Vroman. The vote passed by a “hair,” in the words of Supervisor VanGlad 1565-1409.


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Schoharie Supers Split on New Pistol Permit Position


Due to SAFE Act Mandates

The County Board split on whether to hire another clerk to process pistol permit paperwork. Due to new state mandates under the SAFE Act, an employee of the Sheriff’s Department has worked overtime to process them.

Supervisor Larry Bradt of Carlisle made a motion to hire another clerk at the Sheriff’s Department to aid in this process. This would be a six month, part time position with no benefits or health insurance. Supervisor Chris Tague of Schoharie asked for a roll call vote.

Supervisor Pete Coppolo asked if Sheriff’s Department correctional officers could work on some of the paperwork. Sheriff Desmond said that the County is already working with the minimum number of COs recommended by the NYS Corrections Commission.

Supervisor Bill Federice of Conesville gave statistics from the Finance Committee. He said that the person working overtime is doing one hour per week.

Supervisor Phil Skowfoe said that there is a long wait already. “You have to wait for them to call,” he said, adding things would go faster. Federice asked if it was due to the pistol recertification process. Supervisor Skowfoe asked for the Sheriff’s opinion. Sheriff Desmond said some people have pistol permits so old that they are now illegible or lost. Residents often come to the County if they lost or can’t read their permit number. “This thing is a total mess,” he said. “I don’t feel the lady working overtime is the proper solution to correcting this problem.”

Supervisor Dave Simkins of Broome asked if the County could bill the state for the time. Chair VanWormer said no.

Supervisor Tague called for a roll call vote. Voting no were Supervisors Bates of Seward, Coppolo, Federice, Hait of Jefferson, Tague, and Vroman of Summit. The measure passed by the weighted vote of 1818-1156.

Supervisor Bradt said there was action at the State Legislature regarding the SAFE Act. Senator Seward co-sponsored a bill to nullify the act outside of New York City. “If they want it down there, they can have it,” he said.

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Cherry: Jail Construction Likely in 2018

Schoharie County Treasurer and Flood Recovery Coordinator Bill Cherry gave a report to the Board of Supervisors on March 17th on the progress of various projects.

The County is considering purchasing a parcel adjacent to the Fire Training Center site and considering if they could combine the two parcels into a larger one. This could “provide a more economical and cost-effective option for construction” compared to having the building footprint in just the existing site, his report said. It may alleviate the concerns the NYS Commission of Corrections’ concerns about the site.

Phase I archaeological testing is complete at the Fire Training Center and no further testing will be required. Phase one testing is underway at the site next door, as well as at Shady Tree Lane and Zicha Road.

Phase I environmental testing is complete at the Fire Training Center, the adjoining site, and Shady Tree Lane. It is underway at Zicha Road. Phase II testing will not be needed at the additional site next to the Fire Training Center, but will be needed at the Center site itself and Shady Tree Lane. Surveys are underway at the Training Center and next door to see if they include wetlands. The surveys at the other two sites are complete.

Dente Engineering plans to conduct Geotechnical Soil Bornings at the Fire Training Center and next door March 20-24. The other sites’ borings will be planned after the FTC one is complete.

Cherry is working with LaBella, Lamont, and McDonald Engineering regarding water and wastewater needs. The questions presented included whether the scheduled filtration system improvements and capacity at the Central Bridge Water System will meet minimum thresholds for the facility and in the time needed. LaBella Engineers will have to make such a determination within 30 days.

If the Central Bridge Site is a viable water source, there will be a positive impact on price, Cherry said. If it is not viable, the Zicha Road parcel would need a new utility corridor from the Village of Schoharie 4.1 miles away.

Supervisor Chris Tague of Schoharie said that he’s heard concern that the jail site hasn’t been finished yet. He said it was some of the criticism was unfair because funding for construction wasn’t approved by FEMA until 2015. He said that Cherry had been doing his job and that the Board was “doing the best we can.”

Cherry complimented the Board for being “100% supportive of the recovery efforts.” He added,“It’s easy to look back and say, geez, it’s been six years.” He said that FEMA’s jail funding was a “grand slam, home run” and a unique circumstance. “I’m confident that the Board will have a real, honest to goodness choice” on the sites and out to bid by the end of the year. Cherry said there were verbal prices on two, but not on Zicha Road.

Supervisor Leo McAllister of Cobleskill asked about a timeline. Cherry hoped that there was a presentation on the sites in May so that the Board would be able to make an informed choice. “Once the Board selects a site,” many other elements could happen and hoped to break ground in early 2018.

In other flood recovery news, work is planned for this month at the Blenheim Bridge site, including the construction of coffer dams and demolition of existing abutments. He said that by the end of 2017 the new bridge would be built on site then lifted on the new abutments. Cherry’s report did add that completion will “depend largely” upon streambed conditions and weather. Landscaping and sidewalks should be completed by next summer, his report concluded.


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