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Weekend in review

Oct 22, 2012 6:31 am
Stories that made the news, Oct. 20 and 21, 2012

Nathan Mayberg reported in the Register Star the Columbia County Board of Supervisors is considering a new monthly surcharge for every wireless mobile phone in the county. The proposal was introduced last week at a Public Safety Committee meeting. A state law permitting counties to levy the surcharge was passed in 2005, but Columbia County never established the charge. The new surcharge is intended to help fund the technology needed for county's new emergency call system. According to a Columbia County official, Greene County collects $75,000 every year in cell phone surcharges. Read the full story in the Register Star.

The Mountain Eagles reported Delaware Co. Board of Supervisors is now on record in support of receiving any and all host benefits from the construction of the proposed Constitution Pipeline. Eight communities in the county will be impacted by the project. The majority of the board agreed the benefits of low cost natural gas would enable county businesses to be more competitive and keep energy costs lower, thereby creating new jobs and strengthening the county's tax base. Three supervisors voted "no," and expressed doubts about the actual benefits, along with concerns the pipeline is a precursor to hydrofracking. The 121-mile Constitution Pipeline will transport natural gas from northeast PA to Schoharie County. The company estimates the project will result in a projected tax benefit of $5 million for Delaware Co. Read the full story in the Mountain Eagle.

In a letter to the editor of the Times Union, TCI NY owner/partner Brian Hemlock took the paper to task over portions of a recent story that asserted residents living near the company site on Route 66 in Ghent do not want the facility to be rebuilt. "We have been very gratified by the many well-wishers and messages of support that we have received since the fire," Hemlock wrote. "To state as fact that residents do not want us to rebuild is to slight the views expressed by many of our neighbors in Columbia County." The New York State Police determined the Aug. 1 fire was an accident, and that it originated within the building. However, the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control investigation is ongoing. There is no word yet on the cause of the blaze. Read the full letter in the Times Union.

Adam Shanks reported in the Register Star plans to build a new Price Chopper moved a step forward last week, when the Chatham Village Planning Board deemed the Schenectady-based retailer's application complete. A public hearing will be held Nov. 19 to review the plan. The board will then vote for final approval. Meanwhile, Price Chopper is also asking the town of Ghent to create a water and sewer district for its seven-acre parcel. That request was brought to the Ghent Town Board, Thurs., Oct. 18. Read the full story in the Register Star.